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Cal Poly Named Top Producer of Faculty Fulbright Scholars Among Nation’s Public and Private Master’s Universities and Colleges

Apr 12, 2017


(LEFT) Thomas Jones

Five professors are spending at least a quarter at colleges in Italy, Morocco, Peru and the United Kingdom during the 2016-17 academic year.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has been named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright scholars for the 2016-17 academic year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Five faculty members, including three multi-year recipients, received Fulbright grants — more than any other public or private masters-level university in the nation.

Cal Poly’s Fulbright scholars represent four of the university’s six colleges: John Battenburg, a three-time Fulbright award winner in the College of Liberal Arts; Chris Carr, a four-time Fulbright scholar from the Orfalea College of Business; R. Thomas Jones of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design; and, from the College of Engineering, Zachary Peterson and three-time Fulbright scholar Jose Macedo.

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Dominate National Competition with Wins in Four Categories

Apr 5, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management students ranked highly at the recent 30th annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 6 and 7 competition in Reno, Nevada. 

Four of 12 Cal Poly teams brought home trophies Feb. 11, including a first-place win in the Commercial category. Cal Poly placed second in the Concrete Solutions, Sustainability, and Mechanical Systems categories.

The competition challenged teams of six students to solve real-life construction management problems in nine categories. Teams were given 18 hours to create and present deliverables to a panel of industry experts, included modeling, estimating, scheduling and site logistics. The competition drew 182 teams from 45 universities.

Interdisciplinary Cal Poly Team Ranks High at Construction Management Competition

Feb 7, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at Cal Poly was awarded third place in the four-year college category of the NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition January 11.

Sixty teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the U.S. participated in the annual competition at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. It challenged students to solve a real-life construction management problem to develop a 32-acre parcel of land by determining costs, scheduling, marketing, the design of the homes, and a feasibility analysis for the project.  In front of an audience of peers, this solution was presented to an investment committee who judged the student proposals.

Sharon Turek and Liam Hanlon

Architecture Students Chosen for Event With Walt Disney Imagineers

Jan 25, 2017


Two architecture students were among 60 students and alumni finalists from around the world selected for a new honor by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Second-year student Liam Hanlon and third-year student Sharon Turek were chosen to participate in a three-day opportunity to engage with Walt Disney Imagineers from May 19-21 in Orlando, Florida. AIAS Imagine: Top 60-at-60 seeks to bring together the top AIAS students in all years of architecture school, including fifth year, graduate students and alumni members in celebration of the organization's 60th anniversary. Hanlon is president of the Cal Poly AIAS and Turek is vice president. AIAS and Walt Disney Imagineering will co-host a weekend of design process exploration. Honorees will be able to participate in a series of lectures, workshops and tours that highlights Walt Disney Imagineering’s approach to design. "I hope to gain insight into the process Disney Imagineering takes for design and utilize the wonderment they create into my own future work," Turek said. Hanlon added that he would like to see "the process of how Disney translates their stories into experiences."

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