Sometimes the best way to tell a story is to let a photo speak for itself. Click to the right to discover the details behind some of our favorite images from this past year.
The Future’s Renewable
Cal Poly flipped the switch on a 4.5-megawatt solar farm in January, providing almost a quarter of the campus’ energy. The 16,000 individual solar panels will save the university $17 million in the next two decades. In the meantime, sheep from the Animal Science Department tend to the surrounding vegetation. Photo by Tony Tran
Van Go Go Go!
Cal Poly’s concrete canoe team repeated as national champions of the “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering,” nearly sweeping the entire event with a visually stunning canoe that channeled Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” 2018 marks the fifth time Cal Poly has won the event. Photo courtesy of the College of Engineering
Food science student Jimmy Wong made headlines hosting artisanal pop-up dinners in his studio apartment near campus. The experience has helped Wong sharpen his culinary chops as he develops new interpretations of the traditional Chinese recipes he learned from his mom. Photo by Jennifer Olson
Standing in Solidarity
Students gather for a march through campus in April to call attention to the university’s lack of diversity and campus climate after several incidents of bias. The university has refocused efforts on a more inclusive campus. Photo by Stephen Heraldo, courtesy of Cal Poly’s Multicultural Center
Designed to Scale
Learn by Doing doesn’t stop over summer. In August, the university’s Instagram captured these pint-sized student projects perfectly aligned in the architecture building. Cal Poly’s Bachelor of Architecture program continues to be regarded as No. 1 among public universities in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Jessica Dieny
A curious foal feeds with its mother on campus during spring quarter. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences opened the new Oppenheimer Family Equine Center in June, affording programs like the Foal Enterprise new resources and space needed for students to breed and care for horses. Photo courtesy of Salem Ahmed (Architecture ’16)
A Stellar Mentor
Astronaut Victor Glover (General Engineering ’99) embraces his mentor Professor Tony Garcia during a visit to Cal Poly in November. SpaceX announced that Glover will be one of the astronauts on its first two manned mission ascending to the International Space Station in late 2019. Photo courtesy of the College of Engineering
An engineering student prepares one of two briefcase-size relay communications satellites, named Mars Cube One (MarCO), the first CubeSats made for an interplanetary mission. After May launch from Vandeberg Air Force Base, the satellites ventured to Mars to help land the InSight rover. Photo courtesy of NASA
A Perfect Polar Pic
PolySat, the student-run research lab, released its first high-resolution image taken by the university’s ninth CubeSat just hours after it launched into a low polar orbit in September. The photo shows Svalbard, an archipelago located between Norway and the North Pole. Photo courtesy of PolySat