News for August 2014

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Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ Visits Campus for LightSail Launch
August 28, 2014

Best known as the host of the PBS kids show about science, Bill Nye visited campus as CEO of The Planetary Society (TPS) for a test of TPS's LightSail, a kitelike spacecraft built with three CubeSats and designed to sail by solar power.


Cal Poly Computer Science Senior Selected for Hewlett-Packard Scholarship
August 28, 2014

Jessie Pease of Elk Grove, Calif., exemplifies a new generation of female engineers, and she's in good company. Or Fast Company, to be exact. Fast Company, a major business and technology journal, profiled Pease as a recipient of the prestigious Hewlett-Packard scholarship for women who, in the formative years of their career, are at the fore of bridging the gender gap in the cybersecurity field.


Cal Poly Grads Unfold Scale Model of Next ‘Great Observatory’
August 28, 2014

Two aerospace engineering graduates from Cal Poly are unfolding a scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA field centers around the country – including, most recently, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. 


Cal Poly Computer Science Student Receives CSU Trustee Award
August 27, 2014

Cal Poly computer science junior Michelle Lam will receive the 2014 California State University (CSU) Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, one of the system's highest student distinctions. The awards will be presented Sept. 9 at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach, Calif.


Cal Poly Drives Electric Car Use with Fleet of Charging Stations
August 27, 2014

Cal Poly will install 12 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by the first of next year, funded by a $150,000 grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The initiative is part of a broad vision of sustainability for the campus, improving what is already considered one of the best alternative transportation programs in the state.


Fire Apparatus Manufacturers' Association Awards Fire Protection Scholarship to Cal Poly Student
August 20, 2014

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association has awarded its 2014 Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship to Cal Poly graduate student Gary Dominguez from Placentia, Calif.


EPIC Bigger Than Ever
August 15, 2014

This summer, 440 teens converged on the Cal Poly campus to build and, launch rockets, design and race solar cars, program robots, delve into cybersecurity and much, much more.


Two High School Students’ Startup is a Girls-Only Computer Science Camp
August 14, 2014

An all-girls camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., called Dream It, Code It, became reality this month for two Santa Barbara high school students who created — and ran — the summer program for middle school girls. Faculty advisor for the startup-camp and its curriculum was Zoë Wood, computer science professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


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