Alumni In The News

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Kyle Koon (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2016)

March 8, 2017

Kyle Koon has been hired by Metrix Engineers, an engineering consulting firm based out of Renton, Wash. . 

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Kate McMahon (B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016)

October 10, 2016

Kate McMahon has been hired as an estimator for Sundt Construction Inc. in San Jose, Calif. McMahon will be responsible for assisting bidding efforts and providing administrative support for the rest of the team.

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Doug Howe (B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2014)

March 24, 2017

As a member of the Science Support Department at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, I support a variety of physical and astrophysical research projects. I assist National Science Foundation grantees in the installation and testing of new experiments in addition to carrying out research protocols of existing, long term projects. I use my background in instrumentation engineering to maintain and troubleshoot a wide variety of instrumentation including magnetometers, spectrophotometers, and radar equipment. Additionally I work to fuel/defuel LC-130 aircraft, assist in maintaining the station’s cryogen facility, and work as a member of the fire brigade.

I work for Lockheed Martin / Leidos as part of the Antarctic Support Contract to the National Science Foundation’s United States Antarctic Program. I’m approximately half way through a 13-month deployment to the South Pole. The majority of the population recently left the station at the end of the austral summer. The sun is now about to set as we begin the winter season.

Cody Hunter (B.S., Computer Engineering, 2014)

August 19, 2014

Cody Hunter, who graduated magna cum laude, is making a new home in Seattle where he's working for Zillow, the online real estate database company.

Rory Aronson (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2013)

March 17, 2014

FarmBots are open-source, scalable, automated precision farming machines.
Rory Aronson has received a $123,000 grant  to work on his open-source, scalable automated precision farming machine called FarmBot. "It's like a giant 3D printer, but instead of wielding a plastic extruder, its tools are seed injectors, watering nozzles, plows, sensors and more," said Aronson. The grant, awarded by the South Africa-based Shuttleworth Foundation, includes a one-year salary and $50,000 for project development.  Previously the shop manager for SLO MakerSpace in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Aronson began full-time work on FarmBot on March 1. But he remains involved with the community-operated makerspace facility for tinkerers and innovators. "I'm retaining my seat on the board of directors, teaching classes,and renting one of the co-working spaces for myself and FarmBot -- essentially, I will be running the FarmBot project out of the SLO MakerSpace," he said.

Rex Blodgett Jr. (B.S., Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, 2013)

July 13, 2016

The June 17 wedding of Rex Blodgett Jr. and  Moriah Tenney, also a Cal Poly graduate, was recently announced. Rex is employed in reporting and analytics at Workday in Pleasanton, Calif. , and Moriah teaches fourth grade at Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos, Calif. The couple have made their home in San Carlos, Calif.

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Gurpal Bhoot (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2012)

December 5, 2014

California-based Swaive, founded by Cal Poly alum Gurpal Bhoot, aims to launch its infrared ear thermometer during the first quarter of 2015 — as early as January. The device, which will retail for $99.99, connects to iPhones via Bluetooth to help users track whether a fever is trending up or down. 

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Tyler Hill (B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2012)

October 27, 2014

Cal Poly alumnus Tyler Hill is learning what it might be like to inhabit the moon or Mars in a terrestrial live-aboard module.As mission engineer, Hill is part of a three-person lunar/Mars mission simulation by the University of North Dakota (UND) Human Spaceflight Laboratory. The project, which ends Nov. 6, includes experiments from the Kennedy Space Center, JPL and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), as well as UND whose students built the module, space suits and rover. The project was made possible through NASA funding.

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Space Suit Lab blog

Joshua Holland (B.S., Other/Unknown Major, 2012)

December 30, 2013

Out and About: New app for Hearst Castle allows you to wander on your own

If you are one of those locals who hasn't taken a tour of Hearst Castle in years, maybe even decades, you may want to clear some space on the calendar. It is a much different experience these days than it was the last time you paid a visit. And that is especially so since four Cal Poly grads decided to make taking a tour as easy as taking along your smart phone. …  Cal Poly grads Josh Holland, Aaron Rivera and Mark Paddon have come up with a app for your mobile devices that makes it easy to explore and educate yourself at the same time. Your phone keeps track of where you are, and what notable pieces of history your approaching on your stroll.

Mark Paddon (B.S., Computer Science & Software Engineering, 2012)

December 2, 2014

After a graduation trip to Machu Picchu, Mark and some friends decided to come up with  an application that would serve as a tour guide sidekick--Guidekick. It's a travel guide, an audiobook and a tour guide wrapped into one cell-phone-sized package that users' can keep in their pockets.

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