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Cal Poly Ventures Announces Series A Investment in Mazen Animal Health

Jun 24, 2022

Startup is developing orally delivered animal vaccines that could revolutionize animal disease prevention

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Ventures, a donor-supported fund that invests in Cal Poly-founded and -affiliated startups, announced its investment in the $12 million Series A round of funding for Mazen Animal Health Inc.

Mazen Animal Health is focused on developing, delivering and commercializing novel biological vaccines and therapeutics. The firm’s orally delivered animal vaccines could revolutionize animal disease prevention.

“We’re excited to support the advancement of this cutting-edge vaccine technology for animals. This novel approach got its start right here in the Tech Park at Cal Poly, and we want to do what we can to help bring it to market,” said John Townsend, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), home to Cal Poly Ventures.

Cal Poly Professor: Interest Rate, Raised to Combat Inflation, Could Eventually Lower Housing Prices but Initially Will Make Housing Even More Unaffordable to Americans Now Unable to Buy

Jun 23, 2022

Ziemowit Bednarek, an associate professor of finance at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — While the Federal Reserve’s actions to increase interest rates have placed home ownership even further out of reach for many Americans, those steadily rising costs might eventually help would-be buyers, said the chair of Cal Poly’s Finance Area.

“House prices are more likely to come down in the longer run as the Fed holds its course of fighting high prices with restrictive monetary policy,” said Ziemowit Bednarek, an associate professor of finance. “In that sense there is definitely hope for prospective buyers.”

Hope is not something non-wealthy home buyers have experienced much of in recent years.

Cal Poly Concrete Canoe Team Makes History with Sixth National Title

Jun 15, 2022

American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe Competition Resumes after two-year delay 

Cal Poly civil and environmental engineering students, from left Carson Bak, Sarah Scherzinger, Heather Migdal and Nick Toma paddle during the coed race at the 2022 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe Competition, June 3-5, at Louisiana Tech University.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — After a two-year delay due to COVID-19, the Cal Poly concrete canoe team returned to its winning ways at the 2022 American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe Competition at Louisiana Tech University on June 3-5. The victory marks Cal Poly’s sixth championship in the 35-year history of the competition.

Competing with their space-themed canoe Europa against 19 other universities in Ruston, Louisiana, located about 240 miles north of New Orleans, eight Cal Poly engineering students not only swept the races but also finished first in the technical presentation and technical proposal categories of the competition and second in the final product prototype. Université Laval of Canada finished second, Western Kentucky was third, Youngstown State was fourth and New York University-Tandon finished fifth.

Cal Poly Funds 14 Faculty Research Projects

Jun 15, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s division of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education (R-EDGE) announced the 14 awards for the 2022-23 cycle of the Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) grant program. 

Supported by funds from the CSU Chancellor's Office and the Cal Poly Provost's Office, the RSCA faculty grant program is designed to enable faculty to contribute new knowledge through robust programs of scholarship focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically.  

“The Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Grant Program provides annual funding to faculty for their ongoing engagement in research and creative activities and demonstrates a campus commitment to the teacher-scholar model,” said Dawn Neill, chair of the Grants Review Committee of the Academic Senate. “It is great to see the work faculty at Cal Poly are doing across the university.”

Cal Poly Police Department Report Alcohol Enforcement Program Results in 2021-22

Jun 15, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — To help increase student safety and reduce alcohol-related accidents, the Cal Poly Police Department, in conjunction with California Alcoholic Beverage Control agents, conducted alcohol enforcement and education programs from September 2021 through June 2022 as part of an annual grant. 
The enforcement was on campus as well as residential and business areas directly south of and west of the campus. 

Cal Poly College of Engineering Receives Transformational Gift to Create The Noyce School of Applied Computing

Jun 14, 2022

New interdisciplinary program is made possible by donations from Robert N. Noyce Trust, in honor of Intel-founder and Silicon Valley icon Robert N. Noyce
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly is pleased to announce the establishment of The Noyce School of Applied Computing, a new interdisciplinary school (the first of its kind at Cal Poly) combining three departments under one umbrella — Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Software Engineering, and Computer Engineering — to create interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities for departments and faculty doing applied computing across the university in fields such as statistics.

The Noyce School is made possible by donations received from the Robert N. Noyce Trust — with its current intention to make a future eight-figure bequest to Cal Poly's College of Engineering. Robert N. Noyce was a co-founder of Intel and inventor of the integrated circuit, which fueled the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name. Nicknamed the "Mayor of Silicon Valley," Noyce’s impact on the field of computing and society at large cannot be overstated.

The creation of The Noyce School (pending California State University Board of Trustee approval) will among other things provide faculty with additional resources for teaching and applied research and undergraduate students in computing with opportunities to further their interests in teaching and learning. Students will also benefit from industry opportunities for paid internships and opportunities for mentors to provide guidance and counseling along the way.

Cal Poly to Host CSUs Summer Algebra Institute for Local Students June 13-July 15

Jun 9, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Office of Admissions has received a grant award from the California State University Office of the Chancellor to serve as a host site for the CSU’s Summer Algebra Institute (SAI) program.

Seventy seventh- and eighth-grade Central Coast students have been selected to participate in a free, five-week math enrichment program that also includes college readiness activities and Learn by Doing workshops. Participants will learn skills and techniques to improve their knowledge of mathematics and quantitative reasoning and participate in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities to further conceptualize the real-world application of mathematics.

Six Outstanding Cal Poly Graduates Ready to Embrace a Future Shaped from Learn by Doing

Jun 7, 2022

Representatives of the university's six colleges target careers in the tech sector, entrepreneurship, teaching, veterinary care and architecture. Some raced through college in 2-1/2 years, another needed seven years but paid his own way and earned four degrees in the process. And one is among the youngest graduates in Cal Poly history

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The final two years of school for Cal Poly’s Class of 2022 included course quizzes and exams along with an acquaintance named COVID that required testing of a different kind.

These were interesting times and posed unique challenges for the nearly 5,500 eligible to take part in this weekend’s six commencement ceremonies, June 11-12. The graduation candidates were attracted to the university for its Learn by Doing philosophy. They leave Cal Poly fortified by that ethos, ready to start careers or move on to advanced studies.

Meet six outstanding members of the Class of 2022 — graduates prepared to bring to the world what they brought to their studies: curiosity; the ability to take on tough assignments; determination to do their best; and leadership and teamwork.

Cal Poly Spring 2022 Commencement Set for June 11-12

Jun 2, 2022

Almost 5,500 grads and 50,000 family, friends and supporters expected at six college celebrations at Spanos Stadium

Three distinguished alumni will receive honorary degrees

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 5,500 Cal Poly students are eligible to be honored in this year’s six spring commencement ceremonies Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The 2022 commencement will feature each Cal Poly college hosting an in-person celebration. This year’s ceremonies will be held at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. each weekend day. An estimated 50,000 guests are expected across all the ceremonies.

While masks and distancing will not be required in the stadium, COVID-19 remains on people’s minds. The Class of 2022 began their campus experience in the fall of 2018 as most previous freshmen classes had. However, their sophomore year was upended by the rapid spread of coronavirus. As the pandemic forced students home and classes online, with a steady transition back to on-campus living and in-person learning over the last two years, these graduates have proved their mettle.

“Succeeding in higher education and earning a degree is a mammoth achievement even under the best of circumstances — to say nothing of navigating the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. But Cal Poly students are up to the challenge, and this weekend we will celebrate that success for several thousand new graduates,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong.

“The skills and knowledge they leave Cal Poly with will help them reach the summit of their career goals and foster their transformation into industry standouts and future leaders. Our faculty pushed them to be the best students, and we feel it will help them find success in whatever they choose to do.”

Four Cal Poly Students Recognized at CSU Student Research Competition

May 19, 2022

Clockwise from top left are Tanvi Gehani, Jacob Campbell, Issac Ho and Savannah Weaver
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Four Cal Poly students were awarded first- or second-place prizes at the 2022 California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition. Cal Poly, Fullerton and Sacramento State were the most recognized universities in the competition, with four awardees each.
“Our students were phenomenal representatives of Cal Poly at the competition, and I am thrilled they have been recognized at the CSU level for the quality of their work,” said Jane Lehr, director of the Office of Student Research at Cal Poly. “This event is an amazing opportunity for our students to share their work and show what makes research at Cal Poly such a great experience.”


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