SLO County Roundup 12/27

Diablo Canyon

PG&E said it has told authorities about the declaration of an “unusual event” at its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant because of a high-wind gust.

An “unusual event” is declared when there is a plant condition that is not considered normal but doesn’t require any emergency action by the general public or government authorities.

The “unusual event” at Diablo was declared on Units 1 and 2 at 4:25 p.m. on Saturday as a conservative action because of a wind gust of more than 80 mph that occurred at 4:15 p.m.

The wind did not cause any problems to plant equipment.

Units 1 and 2 continue to operate at full power with no effect on the health and safety of the public.

— Tribune staff report

Cal Poly

The Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers won multiple first-place awards during a national competition put on by the organization in Orlando, Fla., the university announced.

The group came home with first-place awards from the November event for the national Team Tech design contest, Outreach for a Large Section and Membership Retention for a Larger Section.

In addition, current Cal Poly chapter President Stephanie Smith won the award for scholarship, while former President Lesley Telford and recent graduate Katherine Gage won two of five national Outstanding Collegiate Member awards.

The winning Team Tech project involved designing a small-scale mobile patient monitoring system that sends direct wireless alerts to the emergency team when a patient goes into cardiac arrest or other emergency situation.

Developing a successful prototype required that the multidisciplinary team of 12 students focus on electronics, computer-aided drafting and biomedical applications.

Team members had majors including computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering.

— Nick Wilson

Cuesta College

Cuesta College student Daniel Lehmkuhl of San Luis Obispo will represent the United States in London next October in the automotive service contest of the international WorldSkills Competition.

He has won local, district and national contests in automotive service in the SkillsUSA Championships and was awarded the silver medal in automotive service this past March during the WorldSkills Americas Competition in Brazil.

Lehmkuhl is a technician at Rizzoli’s Automotive in San Luis Obispo, which also sponsors him in his competitions.

Competitors must be under age 23. This year, more than 1,000 competitors from 53 countries or regions will compete in the WorldSkills Competition.

There are 22 members on the United States team, representing occupational areas ranging from auto body repair to beauty therapy, graphic design, cooking and plumbing, among other vocations.

— Julia Hickey