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Letter From the 7x24 Exchange Student Club at Cal Poly

We are excited to announce that we are continuing the first 7x24 Exchange Student Chapter at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo! We have recently gotten rechartered with the campus and are ready to move forward in this new virtual environment due to the pandemic. Our goal as a student club is to create a symbiotic partnership between Cal Poly engineering students and members of the mission critical industry. As many of you know, the mission critical industry is in need of talented young engineers who are looking to work on the forefront of Data Technologies. We feel that Cal Poly SLO, with its excellent engineering program and hands-on approach, produces the perfect candidates to fill those positions. The issue up until now has been the disconnect between these two groups, with neither side able to effectively reach out to the other. We aim to remedy this problem by bridging this gap and create a relationship between the mission critical industry and engineering students here at Cal Poly. We firmly believe that establishing this relationship will offer substantial benefits for both sides, as well as help advance the industry as a whole. 

 

COVID-19 Update/Meeting Format 

We are in the progress of setting up our first official meeting for this academic year. Our first meeting will take place at the beginning of the winter quarter (mid-January) and have bi-weekly meetings throughout the quarter. The majority of the meetings will have a presentation from a company where an industry engineer talks about what their job entails, how their company operates, and how students can become involved either as interns or through post graduate job opportunities. As for industry members, meetings are a great way to get students interested in your company and possibly find new employees. Companies would get an audience of engineering students at the only west coast university that offers a Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning concentration for mechanical engineers as well as other distinguished engineering programs. 

 

Our university has suspended all travel and in-person meetings for student clubs as per COVID-19restrictions. However, we are interested in setting up virtual tours of data centers with the engineers that manage them as well as other events throughout the year. 

 

As everyone is still transitioning to this new virtual format, we would love to hear feedback from industry members and are always open to suggestion. If you have any suggestions or are either a student or a member of the industry interested being involved, feel free to contact us at calpoly7x24@gmail.com. 

 

Sponsorship 

Since we are starting this club from the ground up, there are certainly some costs involved with bringing the club to its full potential. The success of this program will rely heavily on the help we get from our sponsors. 

Here are the forms of sponsorship that we will be offering: 

        Meeting sponsors: As mentioned before, our intention is to hold club meetings that are sponsored by companies in the industry. 

        T-Shirt sponsors: We are currently planning our first official club T-shirt, and if you are willing to donate we would love to print your company logos on the back.   

        General sponsorship/donations: These funds will go towards general club expenses such as club advertisement and campus expenses.

 

If your company would like to be a sponsor, please contact us at calpoly7x24@gmail.com.   

 

Industry Input 

As we stated earlier, we want this club to be beneficial to both students here at Cal Poly as well as industry members. With that being said, we would love to hear what you, the industry members, would like to get from our student club. We are very open to any comments and suggestions about what we have in place now, as well any additional ideas of what you’d like to see in the future.

We look forward to working with you as this student chapter continues to evolve! 


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