Cal Poly Champions


Twenty Cal Poly students, including six engineering majors, were recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, Feb. 13.

“I am so pleased to share with our state leaders the can-do Learn by Doing ethos that this group of dedicated and talented students exemplify,” said university President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, who accompanied the students to both legislative chambers. “These fine young men and women from all six of our colleges will be future leaders in their respective fields.”

The group was introduced in the Senate by Majority Leader Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and in the Assembly by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, R-Templeton. Both men represent San Luis Obispo County. Ceremonies were held in each chamber Monday afternoon. In addition, the students met with the Office of Gov. Jerry Brown and with representatives from each student’s respective Senate and Assembly districts.

Most of the students call California home — from Solana Beach, in San Diego County, to Roseville, near Sacramento — including one from the Central Coast. Four others are from outside the Golden State — Alaska, Hawaii, New Jersey and Oregon.

Each has distinguished him- or herself as an individual or on a team that has received a national industry award or on other high-profile events, including the Tournament of Roses Parade, with a worldwide TV audience of 100 million.

The group also greeted family, friends and alumni at a series of receptions in the East Bay and Sacramento area Sunday and Monday.

The Cal Poly Engineering honorees included biomedical engineering senior Rebecca Kandell, civil engineering major Jennifer Tuttle, civil and mechanical engineering graduate student Elizabeth Coffey, electrical engineering student Salvador Cortes Soancatl, and mechanical engineering majors Dorian Capps and Nelson Lin.

For a complete listing of honorees, go here.

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Pictured in back row from left: Dorian Capps, Rebecca Kandell and Nelson Lin; front frow from left: Elizabeth Coffey, Jennifer Tuttle and Salvador Cortes Soancatl.