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News & Events 2006-2007

Professor Ed Saliklis published in
ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering Professor Ed Saliklis' latest article on the design ideas of Anton Tedesko has been published in the June 2007 edition of ASCE's Journal of Architectural Engineering. Tedesko's Philadelphia Skating Club: Refinement of an Idea presents new aspects of Tedesko's design for an "important thin concrete shell roof."

Professor Craig Baltimore co-authors
Masonry Design Manual

Photo of Balitmore

Architectural Engineering Professor Craig Baltimore's expertise in masonry design is illustrated in the fourth edition of the Masonry Design Manual, published by the Masonry Institute of America. Baltimore co-authored the manual and assisted in reviewing the Masonry Design Guide.

Class of 2007 Graduates

Students at graduation

The ARCE class of 2007 graduated on June 16th as 66 members of the program crossed the stage.  The Department hosted a reception for the graduating seniors and their parents after the University ceremony and the CAED ceremonies.  Our thanks to Mark Haselton (ARCE Class of 1963) for being the guest speaker for the college ceremony.

Senior Project Bridge Dedication

View of Dairy Creek Golf course bridgeView of Dairy Creek Golf course bridgeBridge 03Photo of Dairy Creek Bridge with People

It’s a perfect match’ The Tribune Story Printed -Saturday, Jun 30, 2007 Six Cal Poly students —Paul Roberts, Steve Tawresey, Chris Harris, Billy Janhunen, Josh Devine and Ryan Pursley — designed and built this bridge at Dairy Creek Golf Course for their senior project. Six ambitious Cal Poly students now joke that they took the university’s motto of "learn by doing" a little too seriously when brainstorming ideas for their senior project. The six Cal Poly architectural engineering seniors kept a blog while planning and constructing the bridge. Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design posted a photo of the bridge on its web site because it is so impressive, said Ray Ladd, associate director of advancement for the college. Five of the students have accepted jobs in engineering fields around the country, and one is finishing his last quarter at Cal Poly.

Al Estes Has Dinner with Alumni

On June 14th, Al Estes, Tom Jones, Nick Watry and Dick Zweifel had dinner at the 1865 Restaurant with Mark and Pam Haselton (ARCE Class of 1963) who was visiting Cal Poly from his home in Georgia. Mark was visiting Cal Poly in order to be the CAED graduation speaker.

Mark Haselton and Tom JonesEstes and Haselton

ARCE Senior Project gets Airtime

Cal Poly engineering students build bridge at local golf course
KSBY, CA - 11 hours ago
June 5, 2007
MORRO BAY - Cal Poly engineering students donate their final project to the Dairy Creek County Golf Course. This bridge took over 200 hours and $100,000 of donations to build. It was designed by six engineering students at Cal Poly and curves twice to keep people off the sensitive ground below. The San Luis Obispo County Supervisors plan to honor the students in the near future.

Senior Project gets AirtimeDairy Creek Bridge

BIM reconnaissance in the Bay Area

BIM Team in Bay Area

In May 2007, Kevin Dong (ARCE), Tom Fowler (ARCH), and three ARCE students, Erik Lee, Lucy Redmond, and Taka Yokoyama visited four Bay Area firms to learn how Building Information Modeling (BIM) is currently incorporated into design and construction.  The ARCE department will be offering an experimental course this year where students are introduced to BIM using a 3D CAD program such as REVIT by Autodesk, Bentley Structure, or ARCHICAD by Graphisoft.

Office visit with Degenkolb – Oakland
From left to right:  Erik Lee, Kevin Dong, Erik Kneer,
Lucy Redmond, and Taka Yokoyama

Al Estes Attends the annual Civil Engineering Department Heads Conference

Estes in Colorado

Al Estes attended the annual Civil Engineering Department Heads Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado from May 19 -22.  The conference focused on the new ABET accreditation criteria, relationships with Deans, the latest research areas, and issues of importance to department heads.  Al was a planner for the Department Heads Training Workshop held prior to the conference. Al also attended the semi-annual meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers Department Head Council Executive Committee, of which he is a member.   The Committee voted to extend its membership to include Architectural Engineering programs.

Abe Lynn named Outstanding Faculty Advisor

Abe Lynn

From the Cal Poly Report: Architectural Engineering Professor Abe Lynn has been selected as the 2006-07 Outstanding Faculty Advisor. Lynn received an overwhelming 22 nominations from his students, faculty and staff colleagues. Described in nomination letters as "knowledgeable, meticulous, efficient, helpful, thoughtful, understanding and creative," Lynn's approach to advising has also been honored by the creation of a student club T-shirt which reads "Just ask Abe." The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award was developed to recognize outstanding achievement by a faculty member in the area of student advising. Other nominees for the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award were: Cynthia Moyer, Matt Ritter, Michael Fahs, Lee McFarlan, Eric Kantorowski, Bob Blodget, Barry Floyd, Diana Franklin, Jodi Jaques, Donald Ryujin, Scott Reaves, and Janice Carr.

First Meeting of New Advisory Council

Spring 2007 ARCE Advisory Council Meeting Attendees:

Top row from left to right: Abe Lynn, Tracy Harris, Art Ross,  Bob Desautels, Ken O’ Dell and Kurt Clandening. Bottom row from left to right: David Mar, Kevin Dong, Al Estes, and Chris Manning.

Advisory BoardAdvisory Board at Dinner

Not pictured: Mary Goodson, Jorn Halle, Grace Kang, Tom Sabol

ARCE Night at the Ball Park

Come enjoy a fun-filled night of baseball as our own hometown team, The San Luis Blues, plays against the East L. A. Dodgers. Entrance is FREE to ARCE Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests.

Ed Saliklis will sing the National Anthem and Al Estes will throw the 1st pitch.

When: Friday, June 1, 2007
Time: Game starts at 7:05pm
Where : Sinsheimer Park (off Southwood Drive from Laurel Lane)

Baseball Flyer

Simpson Strong-Tie Symposium

Simpson Strong-Tie Logo

Simpson Strong-Tie will be hosting
their 12th Annual Workshop


RSVP Required

Contact Dennis Bashline at dbashline@strongtie.com or see
Carrie South in the ARCE Office

Presentations by Cal Poly alumni Ricardo Arevalo, S.E. and Chris Burnett, P.E.

Anchor Demonstrations by Mike Sherbert and Jason Oakley, P.E.

Connector Demonstrations in the Blg. 13, Engineering Lab by Alan Hanson, Dennis Bashline and Tom McClain, P.E.


Bldg. 8, Rm. 123
Breakfast Served at 7:00am
Seminar Begins at 7:30am

Bldg. 21, Concrete Yard
Demonstrations at 10:00am
BBQ Lunch served at 12:30am

Logo Flyer

Students, Staff, and Faculty:

There are less than one week remaining until the end of the contest. I want to make sure you have
not forgotten that we need a Cal Poly Architectural Engineering Program logo and I am hoping
that one of you will design it.
I have received a few preliminary designs, several of which show some real potential. I thank
those who have given this some early thought and I am hoping that more of you will give it a try.
There are a lot of things that a Cal Poly ARCE logo could potentially incorporate:

  • Our school colors
  • Designing building structures since that’s what we do
  • 60 years of existence that precedes the formation of the college
  • The practical, hands-on nature of our program
  • Being part of a college of Architecture rather than Engineering, with close ties to construction and architecture
  • A mustang
  • The central coast of California: green hills, the ocean, wine country
  • The only ARCE program west of the Rockies

The prizes for the winning entry are:
A check for $100 from the department discretionary fund Paid meal at the Senior banquet for the
winner and a guest Certificate of authenticity officially honoring the creators of the logo The
pride that comes with leaving a legacy -- creating something that will be used in the department
long after you have graduated (if you are student) or retired (if you are
The winning logo will potentially be used for a long time and will be prominently displayed in a
variety of venues.

Good luck,

Dr. Allen C. Estes
Professor and Head

ARCE Student Receives Fellowship to EU's MEEES Program


Bill Janhunen, an Architecture Engineering student who graduated after Winter quarter, has received a full fellowship to the European Union's MEEES (Master's in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology) program.  The MEEES program is an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course that aims to provide higher-level education in the field of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology. The MEEES program is very selective and accepts only three to four students from the United States each year.  The scholarship is funded by the European Commission.  Bill will earn a masters degree in earthquake engineering upon completion of this one year program.

Under the fellowship, Bill will attend at least two of the four participating universities in this program: Institute for Advanced Study/University of Pavia - ROSE School, Italy; University of Grenoble Joseph Fourier, France; University of Patras, Greece; and Imperial College London, UK.  The fellowship award is 21,000 euros and covers tuition and living expenses.  Marisa Turner, the top graduate of the Cal Poly ARCE program, is now attending MEEES under a full fellowship, as well. 

SEAOC in Chicago

SEAOC on Ball FieldSEAOC on Steps

The Chicago Field Trip occurred over eight days during the Spring Quarter Break and concentrated on structural engineering and architecture issues. Three Architecture students joined the 15 ARCE students to view structures such as The Auditorium Building, Unity Temple, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Hancock Tower, Soldier Field and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. The students also visited the Structural Engineering office of Thornton - Tomasetti and the Architecture office of Murphy - Jahn. Cultural activities included a concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a visit to the Art Institute. 

SEAOC at Murphy JahnChicago Landscape

AEI Student Conference, Kansas City

Anne Dwyer, an Architectural Engineering major, won 2nd place in the Architectural Engineering Institute National Student Essay competition.  Anne received a certificate and a $100 prize at an awards ceremony at the National AEI Student Conference in Kansas City on 30-31 March.  The essay topic this year was, “If you could be any type of structure, what would it be?”  Anne’s selected structure was a house.

The ARCE program sent Anne Dwyer, John Tricamo, Jaclyn Webber, Lindsey Karin and Whitney Morris to Kansas City to represent Cal Poly in this conference. The two-day event consisted of multiple technical sessions presented by practitioners and faculty members, student competitions, social events, and site visits to on-going construction sites in Kansas City.

Below left, Daniel Matlack, the student President of the Architectural Engineering Institute chapter at Kansas State University presents a certificate and a $100 check to Anne Dwyer for taking second place in the AEI national essay contest.

Dwyer and MatlackDwyer and EstesAbove right, Allen Estes, the Head of the Cal Poly Architectural Engineering program, presents a certificate and a $100 check to Anne Dwyer for taking second place in the Architectural Engineering Institute national essay contest. 

Sacramento Trip

Sacramento Group

Kevin Dong, Cole McDaniel, James Mwangi and Al Estes traveled to CYS Structural Engineers, Inc. in Sacramento and met with the following representatives from structural firms in the area:

Larry Summerfield-Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers

Bill Rader - Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers

Ian Williams- Barrish Pelham & Associates, Inc.

Tom Burkhart - Carlton Engineering, Inc.

David Curtis - Carlton Engineering, Inc.

Art Ross - CYS, Structural Engineers, Inc.

Tracy Harris - Harris & Sloan Consulting Group

Matt Mlaker - Barrish Pelham & Associates, Inc.

Katie Lilliedoll - Harris & Sloan Consulting Group        

Elana Hartsough - Harris & Sloan Consulting Group

The visit is part of a series of visits to major metropolitan areas in California to meet with industry partners.  A team from the Architectural Engineering Department recently visited firms in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The group received valuable input on the impending masters degree program, the undergraduate curriculum, the ARCE program outcomes and objectives, and the challenges of finding additional resources in times of inadequate state funding.

SEAOC to Hearst Castle

Hearst CastleGroup in front of Hearst Castle

The tour was provided by Victoria Kastner (author of _Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House_). Her presentation was mainly on structural engineering related aspects of the various buildings. The students were able to visit several areas not available on the public tours.

Heast CastleHearst Castle

Los Angeles Trip

LA Group

Kevin Dong, Brent Nuttall, Cole McDaniel and Al Estes traveled to Los Angeles on February 1, 2007 to seek input from our partners in the Structural Engineering industry on the Cal Poly Architectural Engineering Program. We were graciously hosted by John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. in Los Angeles and met with the following representatives from structural firms in the area:


Bruce Gibbons, S.E., Principal  -  Thornton Tomasetti
Eric C. Stovner, S.E. Senior Associate  -  Miyamoto International, Inc.
Juan Carlos Esquivel, S.E. President & CEO  -  JCE Structural Engineering Group
Josh Randall, S.E., Associate  -  KNA Consulting Engineers, Inc
Joseph Stewart, S.E., Principal  -  KPFF Consulting Engineers
Douglas S. Thompson, S.E. Exec. V.P.  -  STB Structural Engineers, Inc.
Kenneth D. O'Dell, S.E., Partner  -  Myers Houghton and Partners
Michel Kalin, S.E., Senior V.P.  -  Nabih Youssef & Associates
Nabih Youssef, S.E., Principal  -  Nabih Youssef & Associates
Kurt Clandening  -  John A. Martin & Associates

While the purpose of the visit was to discuss the upcoming masters degree program, the group also provided valuable input on the undergraduate curriculum, the ARCE program outcomes and objectives, and the challenges of finding additional resources in times of inadequate state funding.

San Diego Trip

San Diego Trip

Kevin Dong, Cole McDaniel and Al Estes traveled to San Diego on February 2, 2007 to seek additional input from our partners in the Structural Engineering industry on the Cal Poly Architectural Engineering Program. This time, we were hosted by Hope Engineering in San Diego. Representatives from the following structural firms in the area were able to attend:


Brad Lowe, S.E., V.P.  -  Hope Engineering
Jim Amundson, S.E. Principal  -  Hope Engineering
Michael Gardner, S.E. Principal  -  Stedman & Dyson Structural Engineers (SDSE)
Eric Lehmkuhl, S.E., Principal  -  KPFF Consulting Engineeers
Steve Rohy, S.E., Principal  -  Wiseman + Rohy Structural Engineers
Tony Court  -  Curry Price Court Structural Engineers

While the purpose of the visit was to discuss the upcoming masters degree program, the group also provided valuable input on the undergraduate curriculum, the ARCE program outcomes and objectives, and the challenges of finding additional resources in times of inadequate state funding.

SEAOC to Santa Barbara

Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara Granada Theater

The trip was organized by Ehlen Spiess & Haight and included a tour of their office as well as a gymnasium under construction at Garcia High School. The students also visited the Granada Theater which has been undergoing restoration and retrofit to be ready in the Fall of 2007.
The theater was also of interest to several local Structural Engineers who also attended. Jeff Haight was responsible for setting up the site visits.

Santa Barbara Granada TheaterSanta Barbara Garca High School Gym


SEAOC to Los Angeles/Orange County

SEAOC Group in L.A.SEAOC in L.A.

Students visited Structural Engineering Offices as well as completed projects and structures. Eric Stovner hosted at Miyamoto International and Ken O'Dell of Myers Houghton Partners provided an office tour and a walking tour of downtown Long Beach. Other sites visited were Angeles Stadium, Long Beach Pyramid as well as Disney Concert Hall. The tour of Disney Concert hall was conducted by Curt Clandening of John A Martin and Associates and included the hydraulics under the stage and walking through the space above the acoustical ceiling. Myers Houghton Partners provided funding for student housing on this trip.

SEAOC at L.A. Stadium.SEAOC at the Disney Concert Hall

Architectural Engineering Instructor Gives Award-Winning Presentation


Cal Poly instructor Edmond Saliklis won the award for “Best Presentation” in the Architectural Engineering Division at the American Society for Engineering Education's 113th Annual Conference and Exposition June 18-21 in Chicago, Ill. Saliklis' paper, “Putting a Fence Around Architectural Engineering Undergraduate Research Projects,” described the current literature devoted to the engineering undergraduate research experience. He provided guidelines for designing student research projects and for encouraging undergraduate participation. The presentation included several case studies of student projects Saliklis has mentored.


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