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Cal Poly Strategic Research Initiative Funding Supports First-of-its-Kind Institute to Research Holistic Solutions to Prevent Destructive Wildfires

Dec 10, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — An interdisciplinary group of Cal Poly faculty and staff, partnered with industry and community members, have received support from the university to officially establish a unique institute to research wildfires and risk reduction strategies, tactical and technical firefighting practices and more resilient methods of building in fire-prone areas. 

Cal Poly Architecture Student Team Wins National 2020 Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition

Dec 8, 2020

Cal Poly’s student NOMA chapter won the prestigious 2020 Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition with their entry, Oakland Flowz, which draws upon existing BART transportation infrastructure in the Bay Area city to reimagine a fluid, mobile architecture that could broaden community outreach and increase accessibility to public essentials.
The team of eight students edged groups from 28 universities in the U.S. and Canada to claim title and $2,000 prize 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of Cal Poly architecture students won the 2020 Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition, a national contest by the National Organization of Minority Architects

New Viasat Lab Will Help Cal Poly Engineering Students Adapt Workforces to COVID Challenges

Dec 8, 2020


Dylan Moreland, an industrial engineering student, is working on a senior project sponsored by Viasat, a Carlsbad-based firm that offers high-speed satellite internet around the world. The company, a longtime Cal Poly supporter, is sponsoring a lab for industrial and manufacturing engineering students.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — As industrial and manufacturing engineering students prepare for careers that will likely be impacted by COVID-19, a newly sponsored lab at Cal Poly will help them adapt workforces to the unique challenges posed by the pandemic.

Cal Poly and Cuesta College Elevator Pitch Winners Cash in on Innovative Ideas

Dec 4, 2020

Student entrepreneurs earn $1,000 for 90-second product proposals at 11th annual 
contest through Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two students, one from Cal Poly and the other from Cuesta College, each won $1,000 at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) 11th annual Elevator Pitch Competition Finals, a fast-paced contest for Cal Poly and Cuesta College entrepreneurs, recently held virtually.

Cal Poly Rose Float Students to Feature in National New Year’s Day Broadcast

Dec 3, 2020

Though the 2021 Pasadena classic has been canceled due to COVID-19, students from 
both polytechnic universities will still play a part in the annual celebration

The 2020 Cal Poly Rose Float, “Aquatic Aspirations.” Photo from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Tournament of Roses, unable to host the traditional Rose Parade® in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced it will produce a New Year’s Day celebration to be broadcast in its place — featuring students from both Cal Poly universities.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Welcomes Five New Faculty Fellows

Dec 2, 2020

New cohort includes faculty from English, journalism, philosophy, psychology and experience industry management disciplines

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has added five faculty to its interdisciplinary cohort of faculty fellows. 

This newest group of CIE Faculty Fellows bolsters an interdisciplinary community that is committed to being a resource for the university as it evolves its role in innovation, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization and regional economic development. They join 24 previously appointed faculty fellows who connect students to Cal Poly’s highly regarded and nationally recognized entrepreneurship program.

Cal Poly Ranks Second Nationally in Study Abroad Survey

Nov 18, 2020

University is lauded for total numbers of students and is best U.S. master’s-level school among students studying abroad on mid-length programs 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students are increasingly opting to study abroad, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual statistical survey of U.S. campuses for the 2018-19 academic year.

Grimmway Farms Donates $5 Million to Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences to Establish the Center for Organic Production and Research

Nov 13, 2020

Donation will bring industry and academia together to solve challenges and prepare future leaders in organic production and soil health

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly is set to change the landscape of organic agriculture with a $5 million donation made to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences by Grimmway Farms, the global leader in organic produce and the world’s largest producer of carrots. 

With this gift, Cal Poly will expand its emphasis on applied research in organic production and soil health by providing a unique, collaborative platform for academia, industry and government from across California and beyond to come together to advance the organic industry.

Five Cal Poly Architecture Seniors Earn Honors at Steel Design National Competition

Nov 12, 2020

Students were singled out among some 900 counterparts from more than 50 universities in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two teams of Cal Poly architectural engineering and architecture students earned honorable mentions in a national steel design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Cal Poly Study Shows Noise and Light Alter Bird Reproduction

Nov 12, 2020

Landmark study seen as first step toward a larger goal of developing a sensitivity index for human-generated light and noise among North American bird species as human impacts — including climate change — affects species’ success amid decades of population declines

The northern cardinal has a relatively low frequency song and delayed breeding in response to noise pollution, according to a new landmark Cal Poly study

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Looking for a bird’s-eye view of human impact? A new Cal Poly study published in the journal Nature provides the most comprehensive picture yet of how human noise and light pollution affect birds throughout North America, including how these factors may interact with or mask the impacts of climate change.


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