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Anahid Behrouzi Attends CASCE Teaching Workshop at Princeton University

June 15, 2017 - June 16, 2017

On June 15-16, 2017, assistant professor Anahid Behrouzi joined eleven other invited faculty members from around the United States and Central America at Princeton University for the CASCE Teaching Workshop. The two-day session titled “Advancing the Dissemination of the Creative Art of Structural/ Civil Engineering (CASCE)” is part of a multi-institutional National Science Foundation project to enhance courses by including discussions and activities related to ‘structural art’ - great structural/civil engineers and their works. Expanding on a tradition established by Princeton professor Dr. David Billington, the workshop exposed attendees to methods of bringing inspiring structural engineering projects as well as educational and entertaining hands-on demonstrations into the classroom. While at Princeton, Dr. Behrouzi also spent time in the Billington archives housed in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department. She plans to start integrating ideas from the CASCE workshop into her courses in 2017-18.

CASCE Organizers:  Maria Garlock, Sanjay Arwade, Cris Moen, Evelyn Laffey, Aatish Bhatia, Kathy Galvin (not pictured)

CASCE Faculty Attendees:  Anahid Behrouzi, Andrea Surovek, Andrew Wittaker, Benjamin Olshin, Bryan Katz, Chris Letchford,  Dan Linzell, Esteban Villalobos-Vega, Gordon Wam, Joel Lanning, Lauren Stewart, Sinead Macnamara

CASCE Graduate Student Attendees:  Annie Levine, Fiona O’Donnell, Max Coar (not pictured), Veronica Boyce

More details about CASCE can be found at: http://casce.princeton.edu/.

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2017 Order of the Engineer Ceremony

June 17,2017

The ARCE Spring 2017 Order of the Engineer Ceremony took place on June 17th in the beloved ARCE courtyard. The department was thrilled to honor the largest graduating class in ARCE history. Following the department ceremony, graduates were invited to Spanos Stadium to participate in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Commencement Ceremony. All of the graduating ARCE student’s names were read and they were awarded their diplomas at this event.

This year was the second annual Order of the Engineer Ceremony and proved be even better than the first! Once again, the event was sponsored by Barrish Pelham. As part of the Order of the Engineer ceremony, a stainless steel ring was placed on the drawing hand of each of our graduating students, symbolizing their entrance into the structural engineering profession and their dedication to the profession. As part of the intimate department level graduation, each student crafted a 140 word tweet that was read as they walked across the stage to receive their ring. Al Estes greeted each graduate, awarded them their certificate, and most importantly placed the ring on each of the graduate’s fingers. Alongside Al, Ed Saliklis served as the Master of Ceremonies. A special thanks to our ARCE staff Erika Clements, Adriana Sousa, and Michael Salmon for another successful year of the ceremony.

A complete video of the event can be found here.

Also, check out all the photos here!

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2017 Scholarship Luncheon & Senior Projects Day

June 8,2017

The day kicked off with the annual ARCE scholarship luncheon which took place in the KTGY gallery on campus on Thursday, June 8th and awarded over $95,000 in student scholarships. Department Head Al Estes acted as emcee for the event and CAED Dean Christine Theodoropoulos presented the college-level scholarships. Several of the generous scholarship donors attended to personally present the scholarships on behalf of their firms and scholarship foundations including Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Luc D'Abreau representing the D’Abreau Foundation, Alan Hanson and Darwin Waite of Simpson Strong-Tie, and representatives from ICC to present the Fred H. Schott and Forell/Elsesser Scholarships. The others sent videos that played as their scholarships were awarded. This year’s ARCY Award winner for creating the most creative scholarship award video was Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger (SGH).

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Senior Banquet 2017

May 20, 2017

The ARCE department held the annual Senior Banquet at the Old Port Inn restaurant in Avila Beach on Saturday May 20th, 2017. We thank ARCE students Hannah Rogers, Stewart Hooks and Jack Robinson for leading this effort this year. The evening represents a chance for the seniors to enjoy each other’s company one last time before their education at Cal Poly concludes and they go their separate ways. After a dinner overlooking the beach, Department Head Al Estes made some remarks and provided each senior with a parting gift, an engraved engineering scale, to remember the department.  

The department academic award was presented to Amy Poehlitz for having the highest grade point average in the graduating class, and the CAED as a whole. The service award was presented to Kate Cuddington for her substantial contributions to the department and the CAED over her four years at Cal Poly. The student program consisted of some humorous student awards, superlatives, and gifts to the faculty members present. To conclude the festivities, a slideshow was played of each graduating seniors favorite middle school photo.

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ARCE Advisory Board Meeting

May 5, 2017

The ARCE Advisory Board met on May 5th as part of the Green and Gold Weekend.  This was the twenty-first consecutive meeting of the ARCE Advisory Board since the group was reconstituted in 2007.

A major theme to this board meeting was vision, mission, and strategic planning.  The CAED is completing its strategic plan and key members of that effort briefed the board on its status and asked for some input. Meanwhile the department has completed its vision statement and has been working on its core values and reviewing the existing mission and wanted the opinion of the board.  Finally it is time to review our ABET program objectives (those things our graduates should be able to do three to five years after graduation) and the industry is a critical constituent in that process.  In addition, Dean Christine Theodoropoulos and Assistant Dean for Outreach Lorna Malcolm visited the meeting to discuss CAED activities. Finally, ARCE students Kate Cuddington and Lindsey Kuster provided an update on department marketing activities.

We are very proud to welcome Chris Haight, Steve Abernethy, Jen Hiatt, and Michael Parolini to the ARCE Board.  It is time to bid thanks and farewell to Paul Kovach, Jan Dougalas, Geoff Neumayr, and Trailer Martin who are completing their tours on this Board…. Paul is actually completing a second three-year tour.  In addition, Abe Lynn will be joining the board as the Emeritus faculty member who is replacing John Edmisten as he rotates off.

Click here to view photos from the May 5th meeting!

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Olivia Pepe-Phelps and Kate Cuddington Receive ICC Fred H Schott Scholarships

May 4, 2017

On May 4, Kate Cuddington and Olivia Pepe-Phelps were awarded two of the ICC's Fred H Schott Scholarships. Cuddington and Pepe-Phelps attended the ICC meeting in the KTGY Gallery on Cal Poly's campus to receive the scholarships, each receiving $1,500. In addition, both students were sponsored ICC memberships for the next year. 

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Kate Cuddington Receives SEAONC Scholarship

May 2, 2017

Kate Cuddington was chosen as one of three recipients of the SEAONC Scholarship for 2017. On May 2, Kate Cuddington attended the SEAONC Dinner Meeting at the City Club in San Francisco to receive her award of $5,000. In addition, Al Estes and Diana Moss, Cuddington's mother, attended the event as her guests.

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Al Estes Visits Bay Area Alumni & Friends

May 1, 2017 - MAy 2, 2017

Al Estes visited the Bay Area on May 1 – 2nd to visit alumni and friends and to attend the SEAONC Scholarship dinner.  Al met with Florian and Lori Barth at their home in Los Gatos to thank them for their support and provide an update on the Parents Learn By Doing fund.  He visited the office of Microdesk in San Francisco to meet with Adam Wells, Director Professional Services, to discuss student partnerships on the latest industry software.  Finally, Al meet with Dick Dreyer, a Principal at Holmes Structures in San Francisco.  Holmes has hired a number of ARCE grads and Al visited with new hires Georgine Mooney (ARCE 2014), Gina Kope (ARCE 2014), and Mary Kretschmar (ARCE 2014).  He also saw Adam Azofeifa (ARCE 2008), Jonas Houston (ARCE 2011), and Erik Kneer (ARCE 2001).

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Anahid Behrouzi Presents Research at Structural Congress 2017

Apr 6, 2017 - Apr 8, 2017

Faculty member Anahid Behrouzi attended and presented a paper at the ASCE-SEI Structures Congress 2017 hosted in Denver, Colorado from April 6-8. Anahid Behrouzi presented “Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Flexural Concrete Wall Design Details” (Anahid Behrouzi, Travis Welt, Dawn Lehman, Laura Lowes, Jim LaFave, and Dan Kuchma) in a session on the earthquake response of reinforced concrete buildings.

The published paper is available by clicking here

 

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Open House 2017

APR 6, 2017 - APR 8, 2017

On April 6-8, the ARCE Department conducted its annual Open House celebration, where newly accepted and prospective students visited the Cal Poly campus. 

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SEAOC Spring Break Trip to London

MAR 26, 2017 - APR 2, 2017

This year, SEAOC took off on another international adventure for Spring Break. Alex Remiticado, SEAOC’s Vice President was responsible for the planning and execution of this year’s trip to London, England. 24 students accompanied by John Lawson, SEAOC’s faculty advisor, departed on Sunday, March 26th for a week in London.

During the trip, our ARCE students visited four structural engineering firms in the London Area: Foster + Partners, BuroHappold, Price & Myers and AKTII. The employees from Foster + Partners gave a presentation about the Millenium Bridge and conducted a tour of their “Resource Materials Laboratory.” One of Foster + Parter’s new hires also talked to the students about what it’s like to be a new employee at Foster + Partners. At AKTII, the students attended a presentation about the firm’s work on the King’s Cross pavilion and went on a walking tour around the area.

At BuroHappold, the students received a tour of the office and received information about BuroHappold as a company and their work environment. At Price & Myers, one of the partners gave the students a tour of his home, a unique corten steel and glass home designed by the engineers at Price & Myers. In addition, a presentation was given about the “Slip Stream” sculpture that was erected inside of the Heathrow Terminal #2. Price & Myers also gave the students a tour of the new tower addition to Westminster Abbey.

In addition to the professional development aspect of the trip, there were also several fun activities that were sponsored by the SEAOC student chapter including a Rocket boat tour on the Thames River, a private cabin on the London eye, tickets to climb the Orbit Tower in Olympic stadium, attendance to the observation deck of the Shard and a one hour visit to the London Sky Garden.

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CSI Party 2017 - Back To The Future

MAR 25, 2017

In tradition with his annual black-tie event, Ashraf Habibullah, the founder of Computers and Structures, Inc. hosted "Back to the Future" at the  City Hall in San Francisco. This year’s gala took place on March 25th, 2017. The current SEAOC board joined several ARCE grads, Al Estes and Erika Clements for a night filled with food, dancing and entertainment! The night kicked off with the champagne reception at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 6 pm. An electric violinist and several body painted interpretive dancers entertained guests as people strolled and posed.  Ashraf gave a welcome speech around 8 pm and the dance floor opened shortly thereafter. There were two rooms on opposing sides of City Hall, both housing live bands, food and dessert.

Click here to view photos from the 42nd Annual Gala! 

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ARCE Alumni & Friends Reception

MAR 24, 2017

For the 7th year in a row, the ARCE department hosted an ARCE Alumni & Friends Reception in San Francisco the night before the annual CSI Party. This year, the event was held at Schroeder's Restaurant on Front Street. The event began at 6 PM with hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Several ARCE alumni working in the Bay Area made an appearance to mix and mingle with other friends of the ARCE department. 

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Al Estes Visits ConXTech Plant

MAR 23, 2017 - Mar 24, 2017

On March 23-24, Department Head Al Estes visited the ConXtech plant in Hayward and observed the creation of mass-customizable, modular, prefabricated structural steel building systems.  Saul Hernandez, Vice President for Industrial, provided an initial brief and a walk-through on the plant floor.  Al took the tour with much of the senior leadership of SSOE, an architecture-engineering firm headquartered in Toledo, Ohio but with offices in 20 different countries.  Al also visited the office of Walter P. Moore in San Francisco where he met with Principal Bill Andrews, Senior Associate Laura Whitehurst, and Associate Princeton Cheng (ARCE 2010) to discuss future interaction with the ARCE program.

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EERI Seismic Design Competition Team Competes in Portland, Oregon

Mar 6, 2017

This year, the Cal Poly EERI Seismic Design Competition (SDC) Team traveled to Portland, Oregon to participate in the international competition hosted in conjunction with the EERI Annual Meeting. 12 students accompanied by Anahid Behrouzi, EERI SDC's faculty co-advisor, departed Monday, March 6th for the week-long competition.

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Structural Forum 2017 - "Framing the Future"

FEB 11, 2017

SEAOC and the ARCE department held the 27th annual Structural Forum on Saturday, February 11th. The theme this year was “Framing the Future.” SEAOC board and the Structural Forum committee was responsible for the planning and execution of Structural Forum 2017, Kate Cuddington, the 2016-2017 Structural Forum Chair, led their efforts.

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Degenkolb Lab Dedication

FEB 11, 2017

As part of the 2017 Structural Forum festivities, Degenkolb Engineers and the ARCE department hosted a dedication ceremony to formally dedicate the Degenkolb Graduate Lab. The dedication ceremony commenced in the Degenkolb lab with a few words from ARCE department head, Al Estes and Degenkolb CEO, Stacy Bartoletti. Stacy Bartoletti then signed the $50,000 donation check and presented it to the ARCE department. In addition, Gordy Wray and Taka Tamiya from Degenkolb attended the ceremony. To end the dedication ceremony, Mr. Bartoletti, Al Estes and Lorna Malcolm cut the red ribbon for the Degenkolb Graduate lab.

Following the dedication ceremony, the ARCE department & Degenkolb Engineers sponsored a campus-catered lunch. Al Estes and Stacy Bartoletti cut the Degenkolb cake and everyone enjoyed a lunch with some of the industry partners, faculty and current students.

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Al Estes Visits Bay Area Industry Partners

FEB 6, 2017 - Feb 7, 2017

ARCE Department Head Al Estes and CAED Assistant Dean of Development and External Relations Lorna Malcolm travelled to the Bay Area to visit friends, alumni and industry partners on February 6 – 7th.  They had lunch with Steve Abernethy (ARCE 1989) who agreed to join the ARCE Advisory Board this Spring.  This was followed by a meeting with David Strandberg and Joyce Feng, principals at Strandberg Engineering.  A number of recent ARCE graduates were on hand to include Jen Ton (ARCE 2012), Josh Batham (ARCE 2010), Reece Relatores (ARCE 2010), Diane Lee (ARCE 2016), Meghan Navarro (ARCE 2013), and Rae Arizabal (ARCE 2011).  The final visit was to ARUP where ARCE grads Shawna Peterson (ARCE 2014) and Kevin Chen (ARCE 2011) provided a tour of the office.  We were joined in discussion by Principal John Worley and Associate Principals Jason Krolicki and Rob Smith.

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Amy Poehlitz & Carla Simental Awarded SEAOSC Scholarships 

FEB 1, 2017

ARCE students Amy Poehlitz, Carla Simental, and Keslyn Huntington along with department head Al Estes attended the annual Structural Engineering Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) Scholarship Dinner and Job Fair in Los Angeles on February 1st.  Companies in attendance included ARUP, Fluor, Hilti, Miyamoto, Vulcan Materials, Simpson Strong-Tie, STB Structural Engineers, Stuctural Focus, Buehler and Buehler, Degenkolb, Englekirk, FJ Engineering, JCE Structural Engineering, KNA Consulting Engineers, LPA Inc., MiTek Builder Products, and Nishkian Chamberlain.  The guest speaker was Computers and Structures, Inc. founder Ashraf Habibullah.  Carla Simental was awarded a $1500 scholarship and Amy Poehlitz won the $2000 David and Margaret Narver Memorial Scholarship, which was the largest one awarded this year.  Keslyn Huntington came away with two AISC steel manuals which she won as a door prize in the raffle.

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James Mwangi Gives Presentation at SEAOSC Tri-Counties Meeting

JAn 31, 2016

On January 31st, ARCE professor Dr. James Mwangi presented at the SEAOSC Tri-Counties Dinner Meeting at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria, CA. Dr. Mwangi’s presentation was titled “Reconstruction after the Nepal Earthquake: Cal Poly Architectural Engineering Students are Engineering for Humanity.” Dr. James Mwangi related the history of the Structural Engineering Students for Humanity (SESH) group at Cal Poly, which began with their work in Haiti in 2010. He then focused on the latest SESH trip in September 2016 to Kathmandu, Nepal. Department Head Al Estes was also in attendance and, in conjunction with the ARCE Parents Learn by Doing fund, sponsored the attendance of 9 ARCE students as well. These students included: Kate Cuddington, Lindsey Kuster, Alex Remiticado, Tyler Pizarro, Sonny Moraga, Samantha Solow, Sophia Abshire, Simon Ng, Rebecca Winning and Ryan Llamas. In addition, ARCE faculty members, Michael Parolini, Kelsey Parolini and Jessica Meadows were also in attendance.

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Kate Cuddington Awarded SWE Outstanding Woman in Engineering & Technology Award

JAN 26, 2016

On January 26th, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) student chapter at Cal Poly hosted their annual Evening with Industry (EWI) at the Avila Beach Golf Resort in Avila Beach, CA. The event began at 5 PM with an hour and a half networking session and appetizers. The dinner portion of the event commenced at 6:30 PM, where students selected a table from several industry partners. Following a keynote address, scholarship awards were presented. Jiaming Liu, a 3rd year ARCE student, was the recipient of the Trane Scholarship. Every year, 15 graduating seniors are nominated for the Outstanding Women in Engineering and Technology award and 5 students are recognized during the dinner portion of the event. This year, Kate Cuddington, a 4th Year ARCE student, was one of the five recipients of the Outstanding Women in Engineering and Technology award.

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John Lawson & Peter Laursen Present Research in at 16th World Conference on Earthquakes in Chile 

JAN 9, 2017 - JAN 13, 2017

Department Head Al Estes attended the American Council on Engineering (ACE) Leadership Academy for Department Chairs in San Diego on January 11-12. Workshop topics included Leadership in an Institutional Governance Structure, Diversity and Leadership Framing, Conflict Management, Budget and Financial Management, and Advancing the Academic Quality and Mission of the Institution. In addition, Al visited with ARCE graduate Roger Anatablin (ARCE 1981) on the way down. He had lunch with Jim Amundson (ARCE 1982) of Hope-Amundson Engineering. Finally, he met with Ron LaPlante, the Supervising Structural Engineer in Division of the State Architect office.

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Al Estes Attends American Council on Engineering Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

JAN 11, 2017 - JAN 12, 2017

Department Head Al Estes attended the American Council on Engineering (ACE) Leadership Academy for Department Chairs in San Diego on January 11-12. Workshop topics included Leadership in an Institutional Governance Structure, Diversity and Leadership Framing, Conflict Management, Budget and Financial Management, and Advancing the Academic Quality and Mission of the Institution. In addition, Al visited with ARCE graduate Roger Anatablin (ARCE 1981) on the way down. He had lunch with Jim Amundson (ARCE 1982) of Hope-Amundson Engineering. Finally, he met with Ron LaPlante, the Supervising Structural Engineer in Division of the State Architect office.

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ARCE Advisory Board Meeting

DEC 2, 2016

The ARCE Advisory Board conducted its fall meeting on December 2rd on the Cal Poly campus. The meeting was preceded by a dinner at Café Roma. The board meeting agenda included a meeting with the Provost, the ARCE annual program assessment, the visioning process results, ARCE outcomes/objectives, and a presentation on the CAED labs and shops feasibility study.  Faculty member Cole McDaniel provided an update on the new Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering. ARCE student Kate Cuddington presented last summer’s SESH trip to Nepal. CM Department Head Al Hauck share the CM model for an advisory board and provided an update on the proposed Construction Engineering degree. Assistant Dean for Advancement Lorna Malcolm also visited the board to discuss advancement opportunities.

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Al Estes Conducts ABET Accreditation Visit in Ecuador

NOV 20, 2016 - NOV 22, 2016

Department Head Al Estes visited Guayaquil, Ecuador from 20-22 November to conduct an ABET accreditation visit for the civil engineering program at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL).  Al reviewed a self-study, conducted interviews, visited classes, and toured laboratory facilities as part of this visit.  In addition, he got to meet with the student leaders in the only American Society of Civil Engineering student chapter in Ecuador.  This was Al’s 14th accreditation visit as an ABET evaluator and his second international visit.

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Al Estes Attends ASCE Committee Weekend

Oct 21, 2016 - Oct 22, 2016

Al Estes attended the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committees Weekend in Denver on October 21-22nd .  Al is the Architectural Engineering Institute representative on the ASCE Department Head Coordinating Council (DHCC) and serves as the DHCC liaison to the ASCE Committee on Faculty Development (CFD).  The DHCC plans the annual civil engineering department heads conference and the CFD plans the Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshops. Newly-elected ASCE President Kristina Swallow was present at this meeting to receive the annual ExCEEd Leadership award.

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SEAOC Convention 2016 in Maui

Oct 12, 2016 - Oct 15, 2016

In accordance with our annual tradition, the ARCE department sent the 4 students holding the top 4 SEAOC board positions to the annual SEAOC Convention. Aaron Cook (SEAOC President), Alex Remiticado (Vice President), Kate Cuddington (Structural Forum Chair) and Sonny Moraga (Treasurer) were chosen to attend. They were also accompanied by department head, Al Estes, and Natalie Gibbons, soon to be ARCE alumni. This year, the convention was held at the Hyatt Regency in Maui, Hawaii.  

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Ed Saliklis Presents Research at IASS

sept 26, 2016 - sept 30, 2016

Ed Saliklis presented his research on the Airy Stress Function and Graphic Statics at the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual International Symposium.  It was held at the University of Tokyo, Japan from September 26 through September 30, 2016. 

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ARCE Now Offers a Master's of Science in Architectural Engineering

sept 22, 2016

The ARCE Department is proud to announce that we officially offer a Master's of Science in Structural Engineering! 

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ARCE Welcomes Class of 2020

Sept 19, 2016

The ARCE department welcomed a new freshman class of 85 students on September 19th  as part of the Week of Welcome (WOW) activities.  After a college level introduction in Chumash Auditorium, the new freshmen walked to the department where they all received ARCE t-shirts and participated in the annual freshman group photo.  Al Estes provided a department briefing on the ARCE program and was assisted by the student officers from the SEAOC student chapter.  The upperclass students cooked a BBQ lunch for the new freshmen.

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Annual ARCE Faculty Retreat

Sept 17, 2016

The ARCE Faculty conducted their annual retreat on September 17th at the Inn at Morro Bay.  The entire retreat was devoted to developing a vision for the ARCE department.  This is the culmination of a year-long effort to determine where the ARCE department should be in the next 5 to 10 years.  Ann Banning of Bright Operations LLC was employed as a consultant to assist with this effort.  In the past year, the faculty have developed sub-committees to investigate the curriculum, industry trends, other similar programs, and the experiences of alumni.  The Vision that was unanimously supported by the faculty is to:  “Empower people through a balance between of theory and practice to thrive professionally and to collaboratively engineer tomorrow’s built environment.”  Each word was carefully deliberated.  This will begin an effort to use this vision to develop core values, a strategic plan, and a series of goals and objectives.
 
The retreat also included the annual faculty photo, lunch where the part-time faculty were invited to join, and the annual retreat dinner which was held this year at Windows on the Water.  

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Al Estes Visits Structural Engineering Firms in Southern California

Aug 29, 2016 - Aug 31, 2016

Al Estes visited two industry firms in Santa Barbara and three in Los Angeles on August 29 – 31st.  Al met with Jens Amlie and Sage Shingle at Van Sande Structural Consultants in Santa Barbara.  While there, Al also visited Jeff Haight (ARCE 1988) and John Spiess who are principals in Ehlen, Spiess and Haight Structural Engineers.  In Irvine, Al met with ARCE Advisory Board member Bryan Seamer, along with architects Lindsey Engels and Oswaldo Tapia at the LPA office to discuss a proposal for interdisciplinary collaboration.  The next visit was to SidePlate Systems Inc. to see company president Henry Gallart and western region business manager Ryan Smith (ARCE 2005).  He also met with ARCE grads Daisy Chee (ARCE 2011), Billy Tarasevic (ARCE 2010), and Kevin Pitzer (2014).  Finally, Al joined MHP principal and Dean’s Leadership Council member Ken O’Dell (ARCE 1989) for dinner in Long Beach.

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SESH Trip to Nepal

Aug 31, 2016 - sep 13, 2016

The Structural Engineering Students for Humanity (SESH) group at Cal Poly, established 5 years ago by Christina Chillin was created to give students an opportunity to work on socially impactive humanitarian projects with an emphasis in structural engineering in third world countries. For the past several years, SESH has traveled to Haiti to work with various NGO’s and structural engineering non-profit organizations. This year, the SESH trip was to Kathmandu, Nepal, an area that suffered huge devastation after the April 2014 earthquake.  

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Learn By Doing Fund

Aug 29, 2016 - Aug 31, 2016

Following the success of the Architectural Engineering (ARCE) Department’s first phase of the Parents Learn by Doing Fund, the department has embarked on a second iteration of this
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ARCE in Lithuania

Jun 27, 2016 - JUN 29, 2016

This summer, ARCE held the fifth iteration of the Lithuania Study Abroad Program in conjunction with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) in Vilnius, Lithuania. 32 rising 4th year ARCE students flew to Lithuania for the 5-week program. The American students were joined by 8 Lithuanian students throughout the course of the 5-week program. While in Vilnius, the students took three classes, taught by Professor Graham Archer: Structural Analysis (ARCE 302), Structural Computing Analysis (ARCE 352) & Introduction to Engineering Surveying (BRAE 237). It was an incredible experience for the ARCE students because they had the opportunity to study with and learn from Lithuanian students that they still keep in touch with today! During their program, the students were housed in the dorms of VGTU. As a part of the study abroad trip, there were also two planned weekend excursions to Palanga and Druskininkai to learn more about the culture of Lithuania! On the way, they stopped at the Hill of Crosses and the Hill of Witches, two famous cultural sites in Lithuania. Because of Lithuania’s centrality in Europe, many of the students capitalized on the chance to travel and appreciate engineering and architecture throughout Europe after the program as well.

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ARCE Students Intern in New Zealand

June 20, 2016 - Aug 12, 2016

For the third year in a row, the ARCE department sent three students to Auckland, New Zealand for an 8 weeks long grad-level research internship program. ARCE students, Kiersten Bakke (Junior), Ryan Lefebvre (Junior) and Katie Eberle (Senior), were selected for this year’s program at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand. The program focuses on masonry, geotechnical engineering and concrete. During the 8-week course, Bakke helped graduate students test the residual capacity of concrete beams at different ground motions, Eberle researched unreinforced masonry and Lefebvre carried out snap back tests of pile foundations.

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