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New lab at Cal Poly helps engineering students adapt to changing workforce during pandemic

Posted at 10:38 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-11 15:27:51-05

Cal Poly has a newly-sponsored lab designed to help students face changing work environments due to COVID-19.

The new Viasat Advanced IME Lab will receive $125,000 to fund senior projects, software and hardware for the next five years.

Viasat is a high-speed satellite internet company based in northern San Diego County.

More than 120 Cal Poly graduates are employed there.

“By continuing to support the education of students at Cal Poly, we are setting them up for success in industry, including here at Viasat,” said Riley Elliott, a Cal Poly graduate and industrial engineering manager at the company.

The chair of the IME department, Dan Waldorf, says this donation comes at a time when students need to be trained to face changing work environments and demands.