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Cal Poly Leads U.S. News and World Report Rankings for 17th Straight Year

Cal Poly Univeristy

For the 17th year in a row, Cal Poly has been rated the best public-master's university in the West by U.S. News & World Report, in its 2010 America's Best Colleges guidebook.
Cal Poly moved up four spots from 10th to 6th in the magazine's overall list of the West's best universities, including both public and private institutions, that provide "a full range of undergraduate and master's-level programs but few, if any, doctoral programs." U.S. News ranks colleges that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, in a separate category.

Cal Poly President Warren J. Baker observed, “This is a wonderful tribute to the quality of our faculty and students. This ranking should be reassuring to employers, who have already expressed to us a high regard for our graduates. Because of Cal Poly’s renowned learn-by-doing teaching methods, employers know that our graduates are ready to contribute on day one, and able to become top performers in California’s workforce. Our core mission is to prepare well-rounded professionals for California industry, and it’s great to be recognized for our efforts.”

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering program ranked third among public engineering programs, bested only by the U.S. Military and Naval Academies, for schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's.

More on Cal Poly’s U.S. News ranking


Cal Poly Receives Top Grades for Sustainability has named Cal Poly a Campus Sustainability Leader for 2010 for its ongoing efforts in sustainable campus practices – the only California State University campus to earn the award.

Cal Poly moved up to an overall B-plus for 2010 on the annual College Sustainability Report Card, from a B-minus in 2009.

The university was graded on eight of nine possible categories. It earned As in Administration, Climate Change & Energy, Student Involvement and Transportation and Bs for Food & Recycling, Green Building and Endowment Transparency. In the Investment Priorities category, the university earned a C.

More on Cal Poly’s Grades


Cal Poly Students Take Silver in National Aircraft Design Competition

Airplane Design

A team of student aircraft designers from Cal Poly soared to second at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) annual Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition. The event drew 22 international entries. Cal Poly’s Hummingbird Aeronautics won the silver for its design of the Tersus, a 150-seat “environmentally compatible” transport aircraft.

More on the Cal Poly aircraft designers


Phong V. Dang

Finance Major Is 2009 Cal Poly Hearst Scholar

Phong V. Dang, a finance major in Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business, is the 2009 California Polytechnic State University recipient of the prestigious William Randolph Hearst CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The winners, one from each campus in the system, will be honored by the Trustees on Sept. 22 at the CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach. The award is among the highest forms of recognition for student achievement in the CSU.

More on Dang's Hearst Scholar Award


Cal Poly to Help Improve K-12 Teaching with Shared $12.6M Grant

Cal Poly has received a shared $12.6 million grant to strengthen the quantity and scale of the successful techniques in K-12 teacher preparation with special focus in math, sciences and special education.

Cal Poly is partnering with CSU Monterey Bay and CSU Bakersfield in the grant program, which will focus on high-needs schools in Central California.

The $12.6 million grant will be spread over the next five years to fund the Central California Partnership for Teacher Quality Programs (CCP-TQP). The Tulare County Office of Education and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools are also participating in the program.

Read the CSU news release on the $12.6 million grant


Longtime Leader Joseph J. Jen Retires From Cal Poly State University

Joseph J. Jen

Joseph J. Jen, senior assistant to the President for Special Agricultural and Federal Initiatives since April 2006, retired from Cal Poly on Sept. 1.

Jen returned to Cal Poly in 2006 after a five-year assignment as undersecretary of research, education and economics at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Prior to his USDA appointment, he had served as Cal Poly’s dean of agriculture from 1992 to 2001.
Since 2006 he has spearheaded a number of special initiatives on behalf of Cal Poly and the CSU.

President Warren J. Baker commented on Jen's service to Cal Poly over nearly two decades: “Joe Jen has been a true champion of Cal Poly agriculture and our learn-by-doing educational tradition. He played a key role in development of Cal Poly’s agriculture programs and in raising Cal Poly’s profile as a leader in the field. Understanding the increasingly global character of agriculture, he has also helped introduce Cal Poly faculty and students to new opportunities for international study, research and scientific exchange. We are grateful to have had the benefit of his leadership, insight and dedication to Cal Poly.”

Read more about Joesph J. Jen



DORAL ‘SANDY’ SANDLIN – Doral Randolph “Sandy” Sandlin, professor emeritus of Aeronautical Engineering, died Sept. 3, 2009 at his home in Albuquerque, NM, at age 79.
Sandlin graduated from Lubbock High School in 1948 and spent two years at Texas Tech before graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1954. While in Annapolis, he helped the Navy men's basketball team reach the NCAA Sweet 16.

Sandlin received his master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology while stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, and his doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1967. Between March 1967 and February 1968, he served as a flight test officer for a fighter wing in Vietnam. In 1969, he accepted a position as a professor of aeronautical engineering at Cal Poly.

Sandlin started the master’s program in the Aeronautical Engineering Department in the late 1970s by obtaining research grants from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and NASA Ames Research Center. His research projects helped scores of students obtain their master’s degrees from the 1970s through the 1990s. He was instrumental in bringing the aircraft design course at Cal Poly to national prominence.

He served as department head during the late 1980s and early 1990s and was the founder of the department’s Industrial Advisory Board, which has been instrumental in maintaining educational excellence in aerospace engineering over the decades. Sandy retired in September 1992, after a 23-year career.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Terri, three children and seven grandchildren.

Read Sandlin’s obituary in the Albuquerque Journal