An education steeped in experiential learning prepares students for The Future of Work. Here are just three significant accomplishments in the past year:
The Cal Poly Pomona team of Michael Pham, Raghav Handa, Gabriela Lopez and Alex Callahan won the NASA Glenn Research Center’s first University Student Design Challenge. Their fully electric short takeoff and landing aircraft, capable of carrying six passengers, impressed the judges for its innovation and feasibility. The team’s airframe design and the accuracy of their calculations were among the difference-makers in the competition.
Juniors Tim DenOuden, Lauren Keyes and Alec Hasegawa won the Bronco Startup Challenge for their product called Bioscope, a device that couples with a smartphone to become a microscope. Like many students seeking the $10,000 first-place prize, they honed their skills at the inaugural Startup Academy, a seven-week non-credit course that taught participants the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. The top 10 teams that pitched their ideas at the Bronco Startup Challenge were invited to participate in a 12-week summer program sponsored by the iLab (see page 18) to further develop their business ideas.
Cole Frazier and Ashling Kelly received accolades for their work at the 31st Annual CSU Student Research Competition this spring. Frazier, who graduated in June with a master’s in biological sciences, earned second place in the Graduate Biological Sciences category for his research on the “Effective Treatment of Azole Resistant Candida Albicans in a Murine Ascending Urinary Tract Infection with Liposomal Amphotericin B Delivered by Bladder Lavage.” Kelly, who graduated in June with a bachelor’s in political science, earned second place in the Undergraduate Behavioral and Social Sciences category for “Do Fact Checks Matter? An Assessment on the Impact of Fact-Checking in a ‘Post-Truth’ World.”