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Professor Featured in American Physics Journal

May, 2011

Contact: Professor Pete Schwartz

SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Cal Poly Physics Professor Pete Schwartz is featured in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Physical Society. The article focuses on the professor's efforts to develop sustainable technology in a unique partnership between Cal Poly and a small town in Guatemala.

Schwartz specialized in nanotechnology when he joined the faculty in the College of Science and Mathematics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the early 2000s. After renovating his home and adding simple "green" technology there, his research emphasis changed to sustainability.

He launched the university's 'Guateca' project, in which Cal Poly and Guatemalan students and professors explore energy use, language and sustainable technologies. The project brings Cal Poly students to study abroad in summer in the mountainous village of San Pablo in Guatemala. The project is part of Schwartz' service learning, project-based classes Appropriate Technology classes.

Read the full APS article about Schwartz on the society's web site

Read more about the Guateca program on the COSAM Web site



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