EE Newsletter: Winter 2010

EE Update - Winter 2010

Welcome to EE's e-zine for 2010, a year that marks ten continuous years -- a full decade -- in which Cal Poly Electrical Engineering has been ranked the number one public, primarily-undergraduate electrical engineering program in the United States by U.S.News & World Report. That's an achievement made possible by the dedication of our faculty and staff, and by the assistance of our alumni, parents and friends. Thank you for your faith in our mission and vision over the past ten years.

Extreme Engineering: Student-built “BattleBot” does damage

EE grad students, Cody Neslen and Kai Tsang, along with team members Garran Gossage (mechanical engineering), Brian Anderson (computer engineering alumnus), and mechanical engineering mentor Christian Carlberg, pooled their design-build-test talents and created a “bot” that can literally toss its competitors out of the arena.

High-Tech Pirates

Imagine small, unmanned ariel vehicles (UAVs) that are cheap, easy to build and fly, and are capable of a variety of applications ranging from reconnaissance to carrying a deadly payload. Now imagine these UAVs in the hands of terrorists.

EE Taps into Power

A generous donation from Operation Technology, Inc. upgrades the Electrical Power Lab to a state-of-the-art facility. The company provided a student version of ETAP Power Systems software valued at $400,000.

Cal Poly Helicopter Project Aids SLO Search and Rescue

The San Luis Obispo Country Sheriff's Department oversees an entirely volunteer Search and Rescue department. Thanks to ingenuity of Cal Poly students and faculty, along with the donation of an unmanned RMAX Helicopter from Northrop Grumman, SLO Search and Rescue may have an even more powerful resource at its disposal.

Collegewide Multidisciplinary Senior Project

Helping Caltrans Evaluate and Deploy Advanced Instrumentation for Highway Monitoring

Two multidisciplinary team projects under the auspices of the new collegewide Multidisciplinary Senior Project Course are developing a new generation of instrumentation to be used by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to evaluate advanced sensors and detectors for highways.

EE Alumnus Dr. Rory Cooper named “Veteran of the Year”

EE alum and army veteran Dr. Rory Cooper received the "Veteran of the Year Award" from the Veterans Leadership Program on October 29, 2009 at Carnegie Hall in New York. Dr. Cooper is one of the world's foremost authorities on wheelchair design and is the director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories.

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