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NSF Grant to Study Structural Behavior During Earthquakes

NSF Grant to Study Structural Behavior During Earthquakes

Aug 17, 2020

Cal Poly Receives National Science Foundation Grant to Better Understand Structural Behavior During Earthquakes

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly recently received a grant of $340,374 from the National Science Foundation to purchase equipment that will help students and faculty better understand how buildings respond during earthquakes.

The grant will fund the purchase of a unit consisting of two actuators with higher force and displacement capacities than was previously possible in Cal Poly’s laboratories, along with the hardware and software for automated control of the system.

Construction Management Senior Alexis Cañas Recognized as a Class of 2020 Outstanding Graduate

Jul 6, 2020

'Great Grads’ Reflect on Their Achievements, Goals, Struggles, and Futures                                                                                  June 8, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Learn by Doing experience at Cal Poly is a recipe for graduates’ future success. With hands-on classrooms, labs and projects; supportive extracurricular opportunities; and cross-disciplinary learning aimed at enabling problem solving and innovation, Cal Poly graduates are primed to make an immediate difference in the world. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has marked an unprecedented end to many Cal Poly students’ time at the university in 2020. Ongoing concerns for public safety are delaying graduates’ chances to take the stage in a traditional commencement ceremony. But this year’s graduating seniors are nonetheless prepared to embrace the next phases of their lives and careers.

Students Take Memorable Trip to New Orleans

Jun 24, 2020


Cal Poly architecture students visiting Trahan Architects in New Orleans, ranked in 2019 in Architect Magazine as the No.1 Design Firm in the US. They are accompanied by faculty member Greg Wynn, second from left.


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Architecture students at New Orleans’ historic Saint Louis Cemetery No. 2. Cemeteries No. 1 and No. 2 have above-ground vaults constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries and are included on the National Register of Historic Places and the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

Students visiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art located in the Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans. The museum displays the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art.

On the Importance of Student Travel …

By Greg Wynn, AIA (Architecture, '88), architecture faculty member

Early in the winter quarter prior to the spread of COVID-19, I was fortunate to travel with my students to "The Big Easy," New Orleans, Louisiana. While there, we studied architecture, culture, climate and an in-depth study of the significance of water management and the culture of flooding in the South. We ate po' boys, and gumbo, and every kind of fried food we could. We learned about resilience but even more about the resilience of the people of New Orleans. It was a truly amazing experience for all of us on the trip and I want to thank the Architecture Department for offering travel funds for students in need.

Construction Management Students' Senior Project Enhances University’s Rodeo Program.

Jun 12, 2020

Cal Poly construction management students Ryan Fiorio and Timothy Smith have designed a Rodeo Observation Deck for the Cal Poly Rodeo Program as a senior project through the Construction Management (CM) Department. Partnering with the rodeo program and Coach Ben Londo, the deck Tim and Ryan built will provide a platform to mount cameras that automatically track a rider in motion, for later analysis. This will help team members elevate their riding skills, and was a fantastic way for these students to put into action Learn by Doing here at Cal Poly!


Below is the news release announcing the completion of their senior project followed by a photo gallery that shows the original site of the project and the progress to completion. 


In the early photos, Ryan is in the yellow shirt, Tim in red and in the yellow vest lending a hand, is rodeo team member Quintin McWhorter. In the later photos, Ryan is wearing a burgundy shirt and Tim is in orange.


In the photo at the doorway, you’ll see them finishing up by drilling in the final deck screw. Thank you to their supporters and congratulations to them both on this major accomplishment!


News Release and Photo Gallery


Photos courtesy of Ryan Fiorio, Timothy Smith, and CAL POLY PHOTOGRAPHeR Joe Johnston.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly construction management students are putting the finishing touches on their senior project, a rodeo observation deck designed to record the practice runs of student riders.

Architectural Engineering Students Place Second Nationally in EERI Seismic Design Competition!

Architectural Engineering Students Place Second Nationally in EERI Seismic Design Competition!

May 11, 2020

Cal Poly Architectural Engineering EERI Seismic Design Team Wins Second Place


SAN LUIS OBISPO – A team of Cal Poly architectural engineering (ARCE) students placed second in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Seismic Design Competition (SDC) in early March in San Diego.

Project Management Team

CM Brings Home 10 Awards from ASC Region 6 & 7

Mar 6, 2020

Cal Poly's construction management teams earned more than twice as many awards as other teams in the competition as seen in graph. We congratulate all of the CM teams that competed and contributed to such a successful outcome for the program.  And we thank their faculty and industry advisers for their guidance and support. Read the full story below this photo gallery that features the six first-place teams.

16 Cal Poly Students Honored by Lawmakers at State Capitol

Feb 27, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Sixteen Cal Poly students will be recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, March 2.


ARCH and LA Programs Earn High Rankings in 2019-20 DesignIntelligence Survey

Dec 12, 2019

Cal Poly Architecture Professor Thomas Fowler and architecture students Emma Entress and John Kim Jr. review conceptual work in a third-year design studio.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s landscape architecture and architecture programs have been ranked No. 1 in a national survey of the country’s top-ranked architecture and design schools.

The university’s landscape architecture program is the No. 1 most hired-from program among all accredited undergraduate and graduate schools with more than 35 graduates, according to the 2019-20 DesignIntelligence rankings. Cal Poly’s undergraduate architecture program continues to be ranked the No. 1 most hired-from school among public universities in the U.S. that average more than 100 architecture graduates each year.

 Cal Poly Students Assemble at Timber Competition

ARCE and CM Students Win National Timber Strong Competition

Dec 12, 2019

News for Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

Cal Poly Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Students Win National Timber Strong Competition

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Six Cal Poly architectural engineering (ARCE) and construction management students won the inaugural iteration of the national Timber Strong Competition. It was held in Anaheim on November 12 as part of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) annual conference.  


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