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Upcoming Research Scholar Presentation

Nov 3, 2017

Dr. John S. Dunning, Cal Poly Research Scholar in Residence, will present "How to Save the World or Carbon Capture by Temperature Swing Adsorption," on Monday, November 27, 2017, at 4:10pm, in Kennedy Library 35-209.

Summary of presentation:

Temperature swing adsorption is a new, developing technology that can capture carbon dioxide at a combustion source and compress, reuse, or sequester the gas so that it cannot contribute to global warming.  This technology promises to lower costs so that it might be widely used in energy systems of the future.

The talk will review very briefly the concept of the greenhouse gas effect, starting with methods to estimate planetary surface temperatures, and illustrating the effect of atmosphere on the difference between calculated and observed temperatures.  Information on historical greenhouse gas build-up and the corresponding temperature increase on earth will be provided. 

Carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS, is a new process that has been implemented on a very small scale at a heavy oil field in Alberta, Canada.  This talk will provide information, including economics, on a pilot plant with a capacity of 30 tons of carbon dioxide per day that is being developed and will be demonstrated in the coming year.  Directions for future research aimed at lowering both capital and operating costs will be discussed. 

The talk will not focus on policy, politics, or controversy as the Earth has demonstrated serious indifference to such matters.  However, discussion of various points of view is welcome as policy will ultimately determine economic viability of this technology.

The speaker:

Dr. Dunning, formerly a research scientist and executive with General Motors Research Laboratories, worked on developing batteries and fuel cells for transportation applications, electrochemical processes such as plating and chemical processes such as magnetic material production.  He has a Ph.D. in electrochemical engineering from UCLA.

Specialized Equipment List Created to Facilitate Sharing

Oct 27, 2017

Do you have a piece of specialized equipment that you'd like to share with others?

Are you looking to see if a specialized piece of equipment is already here on campus?

The Office of Research and Economic Development has created a list of equipment that is available for sharing.  The list is available as an Excel spreadsheet on OneDrive, so is accessible to anyone with a Cal Poly email address.  "Owners" and operators of equipment who would like to encourage usage of their equipment can add their equipment and contact information to the spreadsheet.  Those that are looking for a certain type of equipment can review the list to check for availability.

For more information, contact ORED at x61508.


Cal Poly Students Succeed at Statewide Research Competition

Dec 8, 2016

Cal Poly undergraduate students garnered two first-place awards and one second-place award at the 30th annual California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition April 29-30 at CSU Bakersfield. Cal Poly News Press Release

Cal Poly, Autumn Spring Foods Announce New Process to Improve Protein Content in Foods

Jun 11, 2015

Cal Poly has developed an improved process to extract protein from milk. The patent-pending process allows for fast and cost-effective extraction and produces a protein that will enable foods and snacks to be produced with enhanced protein content.

Cal Poly has entered into a licensing agreement with Autumn Spring Foods LLC for the proprietary milk protein extraction process. “We are thrilled with the taste, texture and quality of the milk protein extracted through this process,” said David Buhler, CEO of Autumn Spring Foods.

Protein is an essential nutritional component that helps builds strong muscles and assists the body in feeling satisfied and full. “The proprietary extraction method results in food products that are nutritional and good tasting,” said Cal Poly Professor Rafael Jimenez-Flores, inventor of the process. “It’s rewarding to have invented a new process that will benefit both the consumer and the dairy industry.”

Buhler said that his company is already working with food manufacturers to use the milk protein in a variety of foods -- including potato chips, corn chips and crisps -- and aims to market the high-protein snack products to appropriate retail channels in the near future.

Food retailers, wholesalers and distributors can contact Autumn Spring Foods for additional information about the new high-protein snack products. For more information, contact Buhler at 262-884-0598 or

For additional information regarding patent licenses and technology transfer opportunities with Cal Poly, contact Jim Dunning at 805-756-5551 or

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Economic Impacts of California Polytechnic State University

Nov 18, 2014

Summary Highlights of Economic Impact Study (pdf) -- a two-page infographic highlighting key points of the study.

"The Economic Impacts of California Polytechnic State University" (pdf) -- the complete report, published November 2014.

Introduction of Economic Impact Study From Cal Poly President Jeff Armstrong -- a video introduction from the Central Coast Economic Forecast event on November 7, 2014.

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