October 23, 2017
"The Robert Ridgway Award is presented annually to the single most outstanding Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Each year we submit an annual report that includes information and pictures about our goals, social events, community service events, project teams, mentorship program, general meetings, career fair, conferences, and everything else our chapter is involved with. It is a huge honor to be awarded this and we are proud to say this is our 7th time receiving the award. We have been a finalist 11 additional times."
-Cate Kraska, SCE President
October 18, 2017
The Industrial Affiliates Program has been retooled and is being launched this week in an effort to raise funds for expanding the current Concrete Canoe shed to include a dedicated student meeting space.
August 16, 2017
Cal Poly's newly unveiled 2018 Rose Float design features baby animals flying prop planes amid a whimsical landscape. What’s not to like? Fifth-year mechanical engineering major Ali Harake, president of the SLO campus Rose Float Committee, especially likes to point out that the baby koala, red panda and sea otter are “animals you’d typically not see together,” reflecting the diversity of the 61-member Rose Float Committee in terms of both majors and backgrounds. “We’re one of the most diverse teams on our campus,” he said. As is tradition, the float, titled "Dreams TAke Flight," will be completely designed and constructed by students from Cal Poly and their counterparts at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Last year, the Cal Poly universities’ colorful float of animated chameleons, called “A New Leaf,” received the Founders’ Trophy. Read the full story in The Tribune http://bit.ly/2w2RLvk.
August 14, 2017
For the third time in four years, Cal Poly’s Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) club has been named the Institute’s international Chapter of the Year.
The student group was honored at the ITE annual conference, held July 30-Aug. 2 in Toronto for the outstanding activities and achievements reflected in its annual report.
Cal Poly ITE was the recipient of back-to-back international titles in 2014 and 2015, and has been ITE’s premier Western District chapter for four years running.
The club also made history at the conference’s Collegiate Traffic Bowl Grand Championship, a Jeopardy!-style competition that tests the transportation knowledge of the top team winners of the ITE district competitions.
“Our team brought home the Traffic Bowl trophy for the second year in a row — and that is a first,” said Ashley Kim, president of Cal Poly ITE of Irvine, Calif. “The challenges of this contest are such that no other university has won it twice, and we did it!”
The team also took home more than $2,700 in prize money at the championship.
Cal Poly ITE’s Traffic Bowl team also included Ryan Caldera, vice president, of Irvine; Jonathan Howard, treasurer, of Murphys, Calif.; Curtis Yee, member, of Sacramento; and Vanessa See, professional coordinator officer who served as team alternate, of San Francisco.
Other Cal Poly ITE officers include Justina Tran, secretary, of San Jose, Calif.; Brian Gaul, webmaster, of Agoura Hills, Calif.; Sang Hee Cho, social coordinator, of Seoul, South Korea; Jacob Friedhoff, marketing coordinator, of Tualatin, Ore.; Seitu Coleman, historian, of Lafayette, Calif.; Calvin Chen, IRA (Instructionally Related Activities) liaison, of Placentia, Calif.; Travis Low, past president (2012-13); and Krista Purser, past president (2015-16) of Clayton, Calif. Civil engineering Professor Anurag Pande was faculty advisor.
In addition to the club’s wins, graduate students Kim and Low presented research at the conference based on their respective master’s theses. Earlier this summer, Low received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award at ITE’s Western District annual meeting in San Diego.
Kim praised the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s role in encouraging the club, noting that Pande, department staff representative Amy Sinclair and Cal Poly ITE past president Krista Purser traveled to Toronto to show their support.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers is an international association of nearly 17,000 transportation professionals and more than 140 student chapters.
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The Cal Poly ITE club received the Student Chapter of the Year award at the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ international annual meeting, held July 31-Aug. 2 in Toronto. Pictured left to right: Jonathan Howard, Ashley Kim, Ryan Caldera, Vanessa See, Travis Low, Anurag Pande (faculty advisor) and Curtis Yee.
June 21, 2017
Cal Poly’s concrete canoe team — and a canoe named Meraki —took first place at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition, held June 17-19 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.
"Meraki translates from Greek into pouring one’s heart and soul into a project,” said Ian Buchanan (San Diego), team project manager. And seeing it translated into a major win was especially uplifting.
“It’s surreal,” said construction captain Dillan Quigley (Orcutt, Calif.). “It hasn’t really hit us yet. We’re walking on a cloud right now.”
Other construction captains included Carson Burand (Pueblo, Colo.), Brandon Friedman (Northridge, Calif.), Hailey Bond (Mesa, Calif.) and Jacky Loh (Arcadia, Calif.). Mix captains were Jacky Mata (Oxnard, Calif.), Michael McMahon (Chico, Calif.), Amy Xu (Bakersfield, Calif.), Ashley Cruz (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Kyle Aube (Huntington Beach, Calif). Other team members included Scott Kaufman (Lander, Wyo.) and Grace Melgard (Boise, Idaho).
Cal Poly is no stranger to the concrete canoe winner’s circle. This marks the school’s 11th top-five finish at nationals in the last 12 years, including a three-year run of championships from 2010 to 2012.
“Each Cal Poly concrete canoe team benefits from that long-running legacy,” said Buchanan. “You have a strong base of past captains to help you with every part of the project.”
This year’s event commemorated the 30th anniversary of the National Concrete Canoe Competition, founded by the late R. John Craig, a professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology whose passion for both teaching and canoeing led him to organize the first national concrete canoe event in 1988.
San Diego State University will host the 2018 national competition.