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Feb 20, 2013 12:25 AM by John Reger

Cal Poly engineers team with California Strawberry Commission

It's a one-of-a-kind team uniting some of Cal Poly's top students and the Central Coast's top crop. A new partnership was announced in Sacramento today between the University and the California Strawberry Commission.

Cal Poly engineering students are looking forward to applying their knowledge to a field they might not have considered before... strawberries.

Andy Brock, a senior studying Mechanical Engineering, is excited about thinking outside the box. "So that's the kind of space where you can really see a mechanical guy getting in there and really applying his craft," he said.

Cal Poly's "Learn by Doing" motto will be used in the Strawberry Commission Project. Students studying robotics will create new technology to maintain the crops. And the partnership brings new growth to the University.

"What this partnership means is that it will establish the Center for Sustainability and Research Education for strawberries here at Cal Poly," said Amy Hewes, spokeswoman for the College of Engineering.

The official ceremony marking the partnership took place in Sacramento Tuesday but students and faculty will celebrate the new project on campus Wednesday.

We're hoping to have a million strawberries and we're going to make strawberry smoothies for our students and announce to the students exactly what this partnership means to them," said Hewes.

The Strawberry Commission is paying $1,000,000 dollars for the partnership. Cal Poly hopes to expand the project over the coming years.

The celebration will be at 10:00am tomorrow on Cal Poly's Dexter Lawn.

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