Winter/Spring 2020 Newsletter


Message from the Department Chair:sample image for placement only

Greetings alumni, Partners, parents, students, and supporters,

These are unprecedented times with a lot of uncertainty. But one thing is for sure - the Cal Poly community is more united than ever before. These times have shown us what we can accomplish when we work together. In just two weeks, we worked together to bring our Spring classes online and found creative solutions to deliver the same quality of instruction virtually. I am proud of our faculty and staff for adapting so quickly and proud of our students for their resilience and willingness to adapt to our new reality.

Thanks to our donors, we launched our virtual lab desktops which allow students to access lab programs and software from their homes. This was especially crucial during this virtual quarter so that classes could continue and students have the tools they need.

Although many of our larger competitions were postponed or canceled this year, we continue to celebrate the many achievements of our students and faculty. As you will read in this issue of Benchmark and Beaker, The Society of Civil Engineers, Concrete Canoe, WERC competition team, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and GeoWall celebrated special accomplishments.

Our donors and industry Partners were especially instrumental this year in helping us upgrade technology, our lab spaces, and gave students more opportunities for hands-on learning. Our Industrial Partnership Program completed another year of successful recruiting for our corporate partners and we held our first construction engineering career fair.

On behalf of the entire department, I want to thank you for your support over the past year and as we continue this new journey navigating COVID-19.

Stay safe and well. We will see you on campus very soon.


Charles Chadwell, Ph.D., P.E.

Department Chair



2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients

View the 2019-2020 scholarship recipients that were carefully chosen for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and strides they've made towards their career goals.

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty: Sam Vigil

Meet the Faculty: Stefan Talke

Meet the Faculty: Rebekah Oulton

Meet the Faculty: Anurag Pande

Celebrating Success: SCE

Cal Poly’s Society of Civil Engineers (SCE) student chapter recently received the Distinguished Chapter award.

Industrial Partnership Program

Because of the support from our Partners, we were able to complete many impactful projects to benefit our students, faculty, and staff.

FARO Laser Scanner

Thanks to FARO’s donation of its latest FocusS series laser scanner, students will be trained and ready to use these tools when they graduate.

Transoft Solutions Partners with Cal Poly

Transoft Solutions Inc., a global leader in transportation engineering design, analysis and operational software, has partnered with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo to provide the Civil and Environmental Engineering department with its key flagship products AutoTURN®  and TORUS®.

Spring Senior Projects Zoom Forward

Cal Poly students continue to work on Senior Projects despite online-distance learning. 

ITE: Family First

ITE is an organization that aims to connect and educate transportation students and professionals. The Cal Poly chapter provides peers with the opportunity to learn from professionals, learn more about the field and make lasting change within the San Luis Obispo community.

Concrete Canoe

The Cal Poly Concrete Canoe Team designs, produces, and races a canoe made out of concrete every school year. Students work as a team throughout the year and compete at the regional Pacific Southwest Conference in the Spring.

Keeping up with Alumni

See what some of our amazing alumnae have been up to since graduating from Cal Poly

2020 Alumni Night

sample image for placement only

2nd Annual Partners Dinner


Related Content