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The Great Flood of 2023
75th Anniversary Celebrations
The Architectural Engineering department hosted a suite of events culminating in a black tie celebration marking the 75th Anniversary of the program’s founding. Following in the footsteps of the 60th anniversary celebration, this milestone offered a chance to honor the accomplishments made over the past fifteen years.
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The day began with events on the Cal Poly campus including a hike through Poly Canyon to visit the Structures Garden, a state of the department address providing an overview of the status and growth of ARCE at Cal Poly, and a networking hour including student project showcases. The day continued with a walking tour of the facilities, an Honors Course on Women in Structural Engineering focus group, and project spotlight presentations from current students and alumni. For those who had not recently visited Cal Poly it was a moment to reconnect with the department and old friends!
In the evening the celebration continued at the Madonna Inn Expo Center, hosted hosted by Ashraf Habibullah and CSI, Inc. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by a delicious buffet selection. The elegant gala featured reflections from current Department Head Al Estes, Cal Poly President Jeffery Armstrong, former Dean Paul Neel, alumni and former SEAOC Presidents Krista Looza and Ken O’Dell, Interim Dean Kevin Dong, current student SEAOC Chapter President Morgan Cuthbert, and CSI President Ashraf Habibullah. Faculty member Ed Saliklis wrote a song for the 75th anniversary. The evening culminated with a lively fusion of live music, dancing, and karaoke! With 600 alumni, industry, and students of all generations in attendance, it was a vibrant reunion of many generations of Cal Poly ARCEs!
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