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Cal Poly Engineering Student Makes Respiratory Masks in His Garage for Local Health Care Workers

Apr 10, 2020


Cristian Sion is using 3D printers to make the N95-style respirators that medical professionals are finding in short supply

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Working with medical professionals, a Cal Poly engineering student has helped design and create 60 respiration masks in his garage using 3D printers, and he plans to create even more to help address the nationwide shortage of the crucial medical protective gear.

Cal Poly Set to Expand Campus-Based Technology Park

Apr 8, 2020


The 30,000-square-foot project, which received a $6.7 million Economic Development Administration grant, will expand the footprint of the existing Tech Park, which opened in 2010

SAN LUIS OBISPO — With the support of a $6.7 million federal grant, Cal Poly has begun the expansion of the campus Cal Poly Technology Park. When completed, the project is expected to create 150 jobs and spur $20 million in private investment.

NASA Small Satellite Program Selects Cal Poly to Help Develop New Technology for Lunar Exploration Missions

Apr 3, 2020


Partnership will help return astronauts to the moon later this decade and pave the way for later exploration to Mars

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is teaming up with NASA and nine other university teams across the nation to advance small spacecraft technologies that will help pave the way for human and robotic lunar exploration. 

“Cal Poly’s CubeSat Lab has a history of collaboration with a number of different NASA centers,” said John Bellardo, who directs the lab — the campus epicenter for the class of small satellites about the size of a loaf of bread. “These awards are further evidence of that. I expect these opportunities to continue into the future.”

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Cal Poly Engineering Faculty Members Adapt Courses, Shift Focus to Coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020


Multiple faculty members in the spring quarter will encourage their students to help with ventilator shortages, design medical products, and publish analysis of biological data related to worldwide health crisis

Paul Anderson, a faculty member in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, grades exams at his home while sitting next to his son Samuel. This spring, Anderson and his students will analyze molecular, genetic and evolutionary aspects of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Karla Carichner’s biomedical engineering class will design medical products needed to combat coronavirus.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — As soon as Eric Paton heard there was a shortage of hospital ventilators worldwide amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Cal Poly lecturer reached out to students he knew could help and designed a course to address the challenge.

Cal Poly Student Affairs Professionals Recognized by Industry Associations

Mar 4, 2020


 Top row – Soukita Thipsouvanh, Laura Hunkler, and Erika Wagner. Bottom row – Denise Lazar, Jack Sandoval, and Melinda McCann.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Several Cal Poly Student Affairs professionals were recognized recently by industry peers for their contributions to advancing social justice, orientation and transition programming, leadership and service, and student conduct.

Staff members in Career Services, New Student and Transition Programs, the Office of the Dean of Students, and University Housing received awards from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), respectively.

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Set New Team Record at Regional Competition

Mar 4, 2020


Cal Poly construction management first-place Commercial team members are (back row) Skylar Shrank, Tyler Morales, Shaina Suanico and Andrew Kline (coach). In the front row are Marco Reza (co-captain), Will Myers, Avery Spector (captain), Parker Doshier and Sophie Stewart. High-resolution image available upon request.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management (CM) students brought home 10 awards, including six first-place trophies, in their best showing ever at the 2020 Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 and 7 Student Competition.

The Cal Poly teams earned more than twice as many awards as their nearest competitor with six first-place trophies, two second-place awards, one third-place award, and an award for best presentation at the competition, held in early February in Sparks, Nevada.

Country Singer Carly Pearce to Perform April 18 at Cal Poly

Feb 28, 2020


Concert is Part of 2020 Poly Royal Rodeo

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Carly Pearce, a nominee for the Country Music Association’s 2019 new artist of the year, will take the stage as the headline musical performance during the 80th annual Poly Royal Rodeo Saturday, April 18, at Cal Poly’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Pearce will perform after the Poly Royal Cinch Chute Out.

16 Cal Poly Students to be Honored by Lawmakers at State Capitol on March 2

Feb 27, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Sixteen Cal Poly students will be recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, March 2.

Cal Poly Students Imagine New Uses for Harford Pier in Avila Beach

Feb 24, 2020


Cal Poly architecture and architectural engineering students connect their cardboard models of the Harford Pier. On Feb. 28, their drawings and models will be on display for the campus community and public to view.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — From picnic areas to paddle-in camping sites, Cal Poly students are envisioning what amenities could be added over, under and on top of the Harford Pier in Avila Beach.

Nearly 250 Cal Poly architecture and architectural engineering first-year students are involved in a project this winter quarter to analyze, imagine and design new uses for the 1,320-foot-long pier, in part by adding 20 feet on each side of it. 

Their work — including drawings and 30-foot models — will be available for the public to view from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in three locations in the Architecture and Environmental Design Building (No. 5): the Berg Gallery and the Neel Resource Center, both located on the ground floor, and the college’s lobby, in Room 212. 

Cal Poly Choirs’ ‘Traditions’ Concert to Feature Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble on March 15

Feb 20, 2020


PolyPhonics, Cal Poly’s premiere choir, will conclude the March 15 program.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — All four of Cal Poly’s choral ensembles will perform at the Cal Poly Choirs’ winter concert, “Traditions,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

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