26 - Dr. Watts (Biochemistry)

Dr. Watts found her passion for science at a very young age through a science fair project regarding compost and was influenced by her parents who both have PhDs in science fields. She was a chemistry major during her undergrad, originally on the physician track, but switched to studying molecular discovery in natural products in graduate school at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Watts is very interested in biological activity, isolating molecules and seeing what causes their activity, and enjoys studying accessible natural products, such as soil, with her students here at Cal Poly as a teacher and researcher.

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25 - Victor Glover (NASA Astronaut)

Victor J. Glover, Jr. was selected as an astronaut in 2013 while serving as a Legislative Fellow in the United States Senate.  He is currently training for Crew-1, the first post-certification mission of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft – the second crewed flight for that vehicle – and a long duration mission aboard the International Space Station. Glover and his crewmates are working closely with SpaceX to develop their new spacecraft systems, which will provide roundtrip crew transportation services to the International Space Station and, along with Boeing’s Starliner, return the ability to launch humans into space from United States soil.

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24 - Jason Reynolds (Jinxbot 3D Printing)

Jason Reynolds is the founder of Jinxbot 3D Printing, a service business focused in hobby printing, rapid prototyping, and product design for businesses in the Bay Area and around the world! Graduating from Cal Poly in 2009 as an Industrial Technology major, Jason went on to work for a number of different companies before founding Jinxbot 3D Printing. His passion for not only 3D printing but entrepreneurship shines brightly throughout his work in various fields, including medical applications and working with large tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Tesla.

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23 - Haley Pavone (Pashion Footwear)

Haley Pavone was a student at Cal Poly when she had an idea for her very own startup, creating convertible shoes that can go from fancy heel to functional sandal in a matter of seconds. In just a few months, she began pitching her idea to the Hatchery and entering entrepreneurship competitions to progress her business plan. After many months of planning, prototyping, and finding funding, Pavone was able to launch Pashion Footwear.

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22 - Sarah Bridger (Scientists at War)

Dr. Bridger is an author and history professor at Cal Poly. She earned her undergraduate degree at Brown University and her PhD at Columbia University. Stemming from a postgraduate dissertation, she published “Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research.” Now, Bridger is focused on teaching several history classes at Cal Poly, including United States History since 1865 and Cold War Science and Society.

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21 - David Askay (Design Thinking)

Dr. Askay is a Communication Studies professor with a background in organizational science, a field that combines sociology, physiology, management and communication. Before coming to Cal Poly in 2013, he taught small group and business communication at UNC Charlotte as well as English in Japan. Dr. Askay shares an eclectic mix of stories from couch surfing across Europe, joining the Yelp Elite Squad and implementing design thinking in his classes at Cal Poly.

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20 - Emma Chow (Conservationist)

Emma Chow is a conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Her office is based in Santa Maria but covers all of Santa Barbara County. She graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor’s degree in environmental protection and management and has been working for the NRCS ever since. She has worked up and down the coast of California to help farmers make their farms more viable businesses. Chow is appreciative of her education and how it has influenced her in pursuing a fulfilling career.

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19 - Casey Sublette (Golfdads)

Casey is a senior Journalism major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. A former starter for the Cal Poly football team, Casey and a few other students created the SLO-based band Golfdads, a student funk rock band which has gained traction in the area. Casey is using his passion and his drive to turn his dream into a reality with the help of like-minded individuals, creating EPs on Spotify and even playing at events for the San Luis Obispo community.

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18 - Peter Zwart (CipherHealth)

Peter Zwart graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Human Resources and Management.  He stayed at Cal Poly to get his masters degree in Business Analytics. During his time at Cal Poly, Peter had two internships: one with Disney and one with Target.  Both internships allowed Zwart to do what he is passionate for, communicating with others. Now, Zwart continues his passion for talking to people through his job at Cipher as a Client-Analytics Associate.

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17 - David Bartolomucci (Roopairs)

David is a 4th year Finance major at Cal Poly and founder of Roopairs, an online platform that allows restaurateurs to connect with commercial service providers. David has lots of experience in the restaurant industry and passion for the industry itself. He and his brother are utilizing their knowledge and passion to build a platform that makes maintenance in restaurants that much easier.

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16 - Dr. Abercromby (Space Debris)

Dr. Abercromby is a professor in the Aerospace Department at Cal Poly. She obtained her undergraduate degree from UCLA in Astrophysics, and her masters and Ph.D. from University of Colorado, Boulder in Aerospace Engineering. Her thesis entails determining the material type of orbiting objects for material identification of orbital debris.

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15 - Eric Dreischerf (Fluoro Diving)

Eric Dreischerf graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in mechanical engineering. During his time at Cal Poly, Eric and a group of other Cal Poly students built a drone and placed in second place at an international contest. Now, Eric pursues his passion for robotic-like tools such as a fluoro diving and wishes to explore further.

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14 - Jolie Higgins (Environmental Engineering)

Jolie Higgins is a graduate student at Cal Poly after receiving her undergrad in environmental engineering. She has been involved in Engineers Without Borders, taking on project leads, and traveling to Fiji with the group. Her current research focuses on the drastic decline of eelgrass in Morro Bay where she is taking a chemistry approach to help solve the problem.

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13 - James Whelan (Rattlesnakes)

For the past two years, James Whelan has conducted research on the local rattlesnakes in the San Luis Obispo County. With a deep fascination for snakes since he was a kid, his work in the lab has been an unbelievable experience. He has devoted his time to working with these reptiles, fetching data on how climate change has affected them, in order to protect the future of this incredible species.

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12 - Dr. Jenkins (Philosophy)

Dr. Jenkins is a philosophy professor focusing on the ethics of new technologies. With multiple publications, he has spread his knowledge across the nation, presenting to large private firms. At Cal Poly, he challenges his students to explore the challenging questions that our society faces through our technological advancements.

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11 - Sidney Collin (Biomedical Engineering)

Sidney is finishing up her degree in biomedical engineering with a focus in electrical and minor in applied math. Eager to work abroad, she conducted her own research while interning at Mensia Technologies in Paris, France. She is now the founder and CEO of De Oro Devices and created a device capable of alleviating and preventing the freezing of gait episodes experienced by patients with Parkinson’s.  

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10 - Kieran Scandrett (Founder of Clove)

Kieran is a recent graduate with a degree in business entrepreneurship. What started as a senior project has now turned into the company Clove, a product allowing users to grow fresh ingredients right in their kitchen. The smart device takes care of everything from watering to feeding to lighting. Kieran is one of the founders and takes the lead on the business development side of the company.

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09 - David Morrisset (Fire Protection)

David is in the graduate program at Cal Poly, obtaining a degree in fire protection engineering. During his undergrad, he studied mechanical engineering and was highly involved in Engineers Without Borders. He had the opportunity to travel to Fiji, along with the EWB team, to work with communities in helping adapt to sea level rise.

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08 - Dr. Meisenheimer (Neurochemistry)

Dr. Meisenheimer is a Cal Poly graduate with a degree in biochemistry and is back teaching organic chemistry, neurochemistry, and chemistry of drugs and poisons at Cal Poly. She is currently on sabbatical at Vanderbilt University doing research to find new drugs to help treat schizophrenia.

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07 - Jimmy Wong (Pop-up Restaurant)

Jimmy is a senior at Cal Poly, gaining a degree in food science. During his junior year, he started a pop-up restaurant in his studio apartment. Beginning with his friends, he scaled the gig to eventually host CEOs and President Armstrong. His passion and love for food has been expressed throughout his life as he continues his path as a chef.

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