News for January 2016

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Cal Poly Dedicates Haas Advanced Manufacturing Facilities
January 26, 2016

The indelible footprint made by Haas Automation and the Gene Haas Foundation at Cal Poly includes lab support, funding, scholarships, equipment, in-kind donations, and support for student projects.

For more than 27 years, in fact, the company and the foundation have served as leaders in building Cal Poly’s manufacturing engineering program.

In recognition of Haas Automation and the Gene Haas Foundation, the College of Engineering dedicated the Haas Netshape Laboratory and the Haas Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory on Jan. 25. These are the second and third labs named in Haas’ honor at Cal Poly.


Engineering Students’ ‘Sweet Shenanigans’ Wins Rose Parade Trophy
January 05, 2016

A whimsical float called “Sweet Shenanigans” won the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful
non-commercial entry at the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade held New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif.

“Sweet Shenanigans,” a float constructed by students from Cal Poly  and their counterparts at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) for the Tournament of Roses Parade, won the universities the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful non-commercial entry at the world-famous New Year's Day event.

The float, featuring larger-than-life gummy bears in a snowy wonderland of ice cream cones, lollipops and sundaes, was a playful interpretation of the Tournament of Roses Parade theme of “Find Your Adventure.” The 18-by-55 foot entry was covered with 46,000 flowers and packed with innovative technology.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo team leaders included Ian Davison (mechanical engineering) program leader; Morgan Montalvo (mechanical engineering), construction chair; Cecilia Allor (mechanical engineering), decorations chair; Margaret Kennedy (aerospace engineering), assistant program leader; Kendall Searing (electrical engineering graduate; mechanical engineering graduate student), assistant construction chair; Philippe Napaa (bioresource and agricultural engineering), assistant construction chair; Zach Cooperband (architectural engineering), assistant design chair; and team members Ali Harake (mechanical engineering), Gregory Baghdikian (electrical engineering), Jennifer Ford (mechanical engineering), Mason Garcia (industrial and manufacturing engineering), Sara Novell mechanical engineering), Marie Scholl (architectural engineering) and Helena Yanez (biomedical engineering).

The “Sweet Shenanigans” design concept was submitted by Jacob Francis, a Cal Poly software engineering student.

On top of winning the Leishman Trophy for the second consecutive year, the universities’ entry was also certified as California Grown for the fifth straight year, meaning that least 85 percent of its florals were grown by local farmers in the Golden State. 

Since 1949, students from Cal Poly and Cal Poly Pomona have collaborated across 240 miles to produce the only student-built float — and one of only a handful of self-built entries — for Pasadena’s signature event. The Tournament of Roses parade is watched in person by 700,000 people and on television by an international audience estimated at more than 100 million.

Over the past 68 years, the students have received more than 50 awards, including trophies for animation, decorations, fantasy, humor, originality, theme and viewers’ choice, and the Rose Parade float has become one of the highest-profile student projects.

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