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Student Stories

Cal Poly faculty and CCI educate students on the cybersecurity challenges and trains them for public sector careers. Check out the impact that these individual students have had at CCI and beyond. 

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From The CCI to Founding a Start-Up

Cal Poly alumnus Marco Zuniga details his projects at the CCI and what he has been up to since graduating in 2019.

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Using Data Science to Rescue Students From Human Trafficking

Student Josiah Lashley explains his work at the CCI including a unique data science tool: a classifier that will help rescue trafficking victims more efficiently.

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CCI Involvement Since High School

Sophomore Luis Plascencia reveals how he has been involved with the California Cyber Innovation Challenge from a competitor's perspective and a creator's perspective.

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Finding a Passion for Combatting Human Trafficking

Vanessa Chequer expresses how a volunteer position at a CCI event turned into her career, fighting human trafficking worldwide.

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Bringing Cybersecurity in Space Down to Earth

Alumnus Jake Watkins explains how he continues to contribute to CCI projects while working full-time for the California State Legislature. 

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Jumping into the Deep End of App Development

Zeeshan Khan explains how his work at the CCI led him to change his major and find a passion for Computer Science and Project Management.

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Fighting Human Trafficking in Virtual Reality

Alumna Zahnae Aquino explains how her CCI experiences allowed her to explore product management and become an expert in virtual reality programming.

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