Four members of the Cal Poly chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers won a national Academic Olympiad held during the society's recent National Technical Career Conference in Washington, D.C.
The team went head to head with five other regional championship teams, fielding questions ranging from society trivia to computer science, math, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and other engineering disciplines. The win marks the first time Cal Poly's group has bested the nation in the Jeopardy-style contest.
To qualify for the national competition, team members Manuel Alvarez (mechanical engineering), Patrick Cabral (mechanical engineering), Josť Castro (civil engineering), and Jesus Rodriguez (electrical engineering) had to beat out teams from UC Berkeley, Stanford, and other West Coast campuses at the regional tournament held in November at Stanford.
Region I, Cal Poly's region, includes Central and Northern California, Oregon and Washington.
Castro is a resident of San Ysidro, Alvarez and Rodriguez hail from San Jose, and Cabral is from Escondido.
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