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Seven Cal Poly Student Projects Recognized at CSU Student Research Competition

May 14, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Seven Cal Poly students and recent alumni were awarded first- or second-place prizes at the 2021 California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition. Cal Poly was the most recognized university in the competition, with its students taking home 15% of the total prizes awarded.


Cal Poly Sends Ten Student Projects to Annual CSU Research Competition

May 14, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Ten research projects from Cal Poly students were selected to represent the university at the annual California State University (CSU) systemwide competition April 30 to May 1.

The projects were chosen from a total of 46 — involving 84 undergraduate students, graduate students and recent alumni from Cal Poly’s six colleges — during the university’s internal competition. Cal Poly’s Academic Senate Grants Review Committee chose the 10 to move forward.


Cal Poly and Its Students Infuse $1 Billion into Central Coast, Economic Impact Study Reports 

Apr 12, 2021

Cal Poly’s economic contributions ripple throughout the county, region and state, supporting thousands of jobs and generating more than $1.6 billion in industry activity and over $105 million of state and local tax revenue, according to an economic impact study commissioned by the CSU. During 2018-19, the campus spent more than $1 billion, including up of $535.1 million in operational expenditures, $132.5 million in auxiliary costs and $70.1 million on construction projects. In addition, Cal Poly’s more than 20,000 students spent nearly $280 million. Researchers from ICF International Inc., a global advisory and digital services provider, utilized data from the 2018-19 academic year. Additionally, Cal Poly alumni who live on the Central Coast — a region of five counties that include Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito — earned an additional $996.4 million, thanks to their degrees, and alumni who remained in the Golden State earned an additional $3.8 billion in 2019.


Cal Poly and the City of SLO Launch a New Research Station

Oct 14, 2020

Click here to read about the Sustainable Utilities Research and Education (SURE!) Field Station located at the City of San Luis Obispo wastewater treatment plant.

Research from OCOB

Oct 14, 2020

Keep up to date with research happening at the Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business on twitter!   

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2020-2021 RSCA Grant Awardees

Jun 24, 2020

“A Roadmap to Energy Harvesting using Granular Crystal Chains”;
Dr. Efstathios Charalampidis (CSM- Mathematics) and Dr. Siyuan Xing (CENG- Mechanical Engineering)  

“Comparing academic collaboration networks (with a lens on diversity)”;
Dr. Zoe Wood (CENG- Computer Science & Software Engineering) and Dr. Theresa Migler
(CENG- Computer Science & Software Engineering) 

“Development of Recyclable Nanosensors for Rapid and Low-Level Detection of Water Pathogens";
Dr. Amro El Badawy (CENG- Civil & Environmental Engineering), Dr. Jean Lee
(CENG- Materials Engineering), and Dr. Marie Yeung (CSM- Biological Sciences) 

“Marked by Fire: Tracing African Life Histories and the Transatlantic Slave Trade through Brands”;
Dr. Matthew Hopper (CLA- History) 

"Identifying Gaps in the Pedagogy of Experiential Global Learning Programs”;
Dr. Dawn Neill (CLA- Interdisciplinary Studies) 

“Protecting Youth by Increasing Support for E-cigarette Policy Changes”;
Dr. Lorraine Jackson (CLA-Communication Studies) and Dr. Julia Alber
(CSM- Kinesiology & Public Health) 

“Julia Morgan, Architect: From Student of the Beaux-Arts to Pioneer of Concrete Construction”;
Dr. Jennifer Shields (CAED- Architecture) 

“Revealing Swanton Pacific Ranch’s History through Artificial Intelligence”; 
Jeanine Scaramozzino, MLIS, MA (Library) 

“Characterizing the ecological effects of utility-scale photovoltaic arrays on fallow farmland and other disturbed landscapes: optimizing synergies in energy generation and terrestrial conservation goals”; Dr. Seeta Sistla (CAFES- Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences) and
Dr. Nicholas Williams (CAFES- Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences) 

“Long-term Performance of Private Equity Funds:  The Case of Reverse Leveraged Buyouts”
Dr. Mahdi Rastad (OCOB- Finance) and Dr. Brian Ayash (OCOB- Finance) 

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Important Information Regarding Conducting Research During the COVID19 Outbreak

Mar 24, 2020

Please click here for the current Research Expansion Plan.
All participants for winter research must sign and submit a safety acknowledgement.



Dear Colleagues:


Research is an integral part of the activities of Cal Poly. Yet, in line with guidance from the CSU Chancellor's Office, the Office of the President at Cal Poly and national and international experts in the healthcare sector, we must enact social distancing and other preventative measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our goal is to ensure the continuity of research while also protecting the health and wellbeing of faculty, staff and student researchers and our greater community. We strongly recommend the following guidelines for research: 


1) All Cal Poly faculty, staff and student research should be conducted via telecommuting or other online methods, whenever possible. If virtual research is not possible, the work must be discontinued or pursued via methods that are consistent with current social distancing and shelter-in-place guidelines. 


2) Essential research functions such as animal care, equipment maintenance and safety of research participants or staff must be maintained at this time. This should be accomplished while also observing preferred practices of social distancing.


3) Most federal agencies have indicated that delays will be accommodated under current policies (many agencies allow for one-year extensions for extenuating circumstances), ORED will assist faculty with navigating extensions for non-federal research sponsors.


4) Where needed, we will seek alternatives to avoid considerable delays in thesis research completion, qualifying exams, graduate degree completion, senior projects and research that must be completed in a timely manner. College graduate coordinators should work with Dr. Elizabeth Lowham, interim dean of Graduate Education, and the Office of Research and Economic Development to develop a Plan B. 


5) Any exceptions to the above guidelines must be approved by the dean(s) of the college(s) hosting the research activity. 


In summary, some research activities must be carried out at this time; to do otherwise would jeopardize participants, animal health, university resources and/or have long-term adverse effects. Please contact the dean of your college to discuss concerns regarding research that may arise at this time. Your dean will work with you, the Office of Research and Economic Development and other entities as needed to assist with concerns. 


Please note that the Grants Development Office, Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Corporate Engagement and Innovation, Office of Student Research and Office of Graduate Education are all working remotely, but are available to assist with submission and processing of grants, engaging with corporate partners, supporting student research applications and graduate degree completion. Feel free to contact separate offices directly or through




Renee A. Reijo Pera, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

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