Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- May 27, 2003
Cal Poly Engineering Student Takes First In State
University Research Competition
A Cal Poly engineering student involved in developing a space satellite
won first place in the undergraduate engineering and computer science
division of the California State University's 2003 Student Research
Jake Schaffner, an electrical engineering senior from Arroyo Grande
won for his paper titled “The Electronic System Design, Analysis,
Integration, and Construction of the Cal Poly
This year's competition took place at CSU Stanislaus earlier this month.
Three Cal Poly students were among 150 students from 22 campuses competing
for cash prizes as well as the honor of being named top researchers
among the system's 408,000 students.
Schaffner received a $400 prize for his winning research. His advisor
was Aerospace Engineering Professor Jordi Puig-Suari.
Other Cal Poly students selected to compete in the final judging were
Carlos Murillo, a dairy products technology student from San Luis Obispo
in the graduate Biological and Agricultural Sciences category, and Ashlee
Steward, an English senior from San Luis Obispo in the Humanities and
Murillo's paper was “Monitoring Spores and Spore-Forming Bacteria
Populations in Commercial Skim Milk Powder Production Plants Using Conventional
and Molecular Methods." Steward's was “Advertising: His and
Hers.” Murillo's advisor was Dairy Science Professor Rafael Jimenez-Flores.
Steward's was English Professor Johanna Rubba.
Each of Cal Poly's six colleges nominates deserving students, whose
presentations are then heard by a faculty committee that selects which
go forward to the statewide competition. Each CSU campus can enter 10
papers. Final competitors submit written papers and make oral presentations
to juries of experts from major California corporations, foundations,
public agencies and universities.