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Cal Poly Faculty Advisor Recognized for Increasing Engineering Opportunities for Women

Sep 5, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A longtime Cal Poly faculty advisor, who helped more than double the percentage of women engineering students at the university, will receive the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, at the annual Society of Women Engineers conference in Anaheim this fall. 

Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Professor Who Inspired NASA Astronaut Wins CSU Faculty Award

Sep 5, 2019


James LoCascio is among 23 California State University faculty members honored by Chancellor’s Office for innovation and leadership in the classroom that improves student success

SAN LUIS OBISPO — James LoCascio’s father, an immigrant from Sicily, worked three jobs to support his family in New York City – two in upholstery shops and one driving a taxi.

“When he retired from upholstery, he drove cabs full time until he had a stroke when he was 80 years old,” said LoCascio, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Cal Poly to Host Annual Demo Day Entrepreneur Event on Sept. 6

Aug 30, 2019


Six startups that participated in this year’s HotHouse Summer Accelerator program will showcase their businesses to the community

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will host its annual Demo Day to showcase six startups Friday, Sept. 6, at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo.

The event culminates the CIE’s 2019 HotHouse Summer Accelerator program — an intense 12-week program that helps students and recent graduates who have developed new products and ventures. Representatives of the six participating companies will give demonstrations and pitches and answer questions about their entrepreneurial efforts.

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Cal Poly Music Department Announces 2019-20 Events

Aug 29, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department 2019-20 season will begin with an exploration of Afro-American spirituals by an acclaimed guest artist and three faculty performances.

On Oct. 3, guest artist Diane White-Clayton, soprano, pianist, composer and vocal clinician for Disney Performing Arts in Anaheim, will present a lecture-recital titled “The Many Colors of Spirituals,” a musical journey of Afro-American spirituals as they made their way from the plantation to the concert stage. From classical arrangements by prominent African American women composers to a cappella soul-stirring folk renditions, the program will feature powerful spirituals that accompanied marches of the Civil Rights era and will include audience participation as White-Clayton teaches a selection in a “down-home” congregational style.

Solar Car Created by Cal Poly Students Reaches 51 MPH, Just Shy of World Record

Aug 21, 2019


PROVE Lab students, who designed the car to reach 65 mph, will finetune the vehicle and try again in the summer of 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — In a “Star Wars”-like setting in the Mojave Desert, a solar car created by a team of Cal Poly students eclipsed 50 mph this month, just shy of a world record.

While the team did not break the 56-mph record set in Japan in 2014, it overcame many obstacles to reach a clocked speed of 51 mph.

History-Making Small Satellite Mission to Mars, Honored as Mission of the Year, Has Ties to Cal Poly

Aug 21, 2019


Students, faculty and staff played pivotal role in the success of MarCO CubeSats WALL-E and EVE that relayed data from Mars lander InSight in November 2018


SAN LUIS OBIPSO — A pair of briefcase-size satellites — tested and packed for launch at Cal Poly — that traveled to Mars were honored as “Small Satellite Mission of the Year” by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics earlier this month.

NASA’s Mars Cube One, or MarCO, included the two CubeSats — compact satellites made up of cube-shaped units — nicknamed WALL-E and EVE. The twins, which were designed and built at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, flew behind NASA’s InSight lander after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 5, 2018.

Cal Poly to Bring Student-Designed Anti-Human Trafficking Training Set to Statewide Law Enforcement Conference Aug. 20-22

Aug 19, 2019


More than 2,000 public safety personnel expected at this year’s educational conference in Long Beach, California 


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A Cal Poly student-designed set, crafted to resemble an illicit massage business and hotel, will provide a key training opportunity for hundreds of law enforcement personnel as they learn how to better combat human trafficking.

In addition to an anti-human trafficking immersive set, Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host training sessions at the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA) Advance conference on security vulnerabilities in vehicles, on how individuals can protect themselves from cybercrime, and best practices in dealing with cybersecurity threats. More than 2,000 public safety personnel are expected to attend this year’s educational conference from Aug. 20-22 in at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

MEDIA ADVISORY — Winners of the 2019 Cal Poly California Cyber Innovation Challenge to be Honored at the State Capitol on Aug. 19

Aug 15, 2019


What: Winners of the 2019 California Cyber Innovation Challenge will be honored from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 in the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Five teams of high school students will be recognized with resolutions on the state Assembly floor by Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin and on the floor of the Senate by Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg. Irwin represents the 44th Assembly District in Ventura and Los Angeles counties; Hertzberg represents the 18th Senate District in the San Fernando Valley.

Cal Poly Universities’ 2020 Tournament of Roses Float Dives into Ocean Exploration

Aug 14, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly universities’ 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade float will feature an underwater exploration scene that would have made Jacques Cousteau proud.

The entry, as shown in an artist’s rendering, will feature a submarine navigating around a sunken shipwreck that has become home to colorful marine wildlife. The title of the float, “Aquatic Aspirations,” was announced over the weekend, though it was actually decided a few months ago.

Cal Poly’s Efforts Help Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 “Sail on Sunbeams,” Reaching a Milestone

Aug 1, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The man who co-created CubeSats at Cal Poly said he’s proud to see the Planetary Society take his technology to new heights with solar sails.

“It is a huge score for CubeSats and for the team at Cal Poly,” said Jordi Puig-Suari, a retired Cal Poly aerospace engineering professor. “It is the beginning of a new way to travel in space.”

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 — a CubeSat, or miniature satellite — was prepared with student assistance at Cal Poly’s College of Engineering, which also acted as mission control last week during the deployment of the CubeSat’s Mylar sail. On Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Planetary Society announced that LightSail 2 has successfully raised its orbit in space solely on solar power.

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