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ARCE Students Study Abroad in Lithuania

July 2019

This summer, 25 Cal Poly students studied abroad in Vilnius, Lithuania. ARCE Professors Edmond Saliklis, Peter Laursen, and Brent Nutall also went on the trip to teach the courses, which included ARCE 302, Structural Analysis, ARCE 352, Structural Computing Analysis, and ARCE 371, Structural Design Lab. For the first time this year, the Cal Poly students stayed at a hotel in the city of Vilnius, instead of on the campus, so that they could be more central to the city, becoming fully immersed into the country’s culture. The hotel was in walking distance of the classes, grocery stores, and Old Town Vilnius.











The Cal Poly students studied alongside 4 Lithuanian Students studying Civil Engineering at Vilnius Gediminas Technikas Universitetas (VGTU). During the six week long program, they attended classes from 9 am to 6pm, as they had to complete 7 units in such a short period of time.











Aside from school work, the students also had the opportunity to explore the unique city of Vilnius and country of Lithuania. Their weekends were free of homework to do as they liked, and they went on two guided weekend excursions, one to the city of Anykščiai and the city of Palanga on the Baltic coast. Some highlights of these excursions was a horse museum, a live archeaology festival, and a ropes course.

















This study abroad program, offered to ARCE students going into their third year of study at Cal Poly, is the experience of a lifetime for many!

Al Estes and Jessica Otten visit Industry Partners in the Los Angeles Area

July 9-10, 2019

ARCE Department Head Al Estes and CAED Senior Director for Development Jessica Otten visited industry partners in the Los Angeles area on July 9-10.
















The first visit was lunch with John Labib, Principal and Founder of John Labib and Associates (JLA). In addition to thanking him for the latest ARCE scholarship, we made initial plans to host an ARCE alumni event at his office.













The next visit was with Martin Guzman (ARCE 2009) who recently became a Principal at C.W. Howe and Associates in Culver City. Al and Jessica next met with Kurt Clandening (ARCE 1987) and Kal Benuska (ARCE 1985) who both recently became partners in John A. Martin and Associates (JAMA) to discuss their future involvement with the ARCE program.












The next visit was the new LPA office in Irvine for a lunch meeting with Bryan Seamer who just finished a tour on the ARCE Advisory Board, Kirk Snell (ARCE 2002), and Lindsay Hayward to discuss the LPA-sponsored interdisciplinary studios that will occur in fall and winter quarters of the upcoming year.









Finally, Al and Jessica met with Nick Murphy (ARCE 2004) and Managing Principal Roger Young at the Irvine office of kpff to discuss the on-going renovation of the kpff-sponsored computer laboratory.  The Irvine kpff office has hired a large number of recent ARCE graduates to include Alejandro Lopez (2016), Brad Stevens (2012), Stewart Hooks (2017), Alan Tonissen (2009), Adrian Saraf (2017), Andy Vallejo (2013), Marketa Jelinkova (2016, Master’s), and Lacy Williams (2016).

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