News for August 2017

June 2017

2018 Rose Parade Float Unveiled
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


Cal Poly Paper Wins Best Diversity Paper Award from ASEE
August 01, 2017




Emily Liptow, an AmeriCorps VISTA member who's worked closely with Cal Poly Engineering to promote diversity and inclusion, was a recent co-recipient of the ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Best Diversity Paper award.

The paper is co-authored with Coleen Carrigan, assistant professor of gender, race, culture, science and technology, and is based on her groundbreaking research in the area of engaging engineers in changing their culture. The study focuses on a novel approach for breaking through the "inclusion resistance" that pervades the technology and engineering fields. Read more at

June 2017