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We’re at the deadline on this one. Maybe past it. If you’re reading this after 3:10 on Sept. 22, it’s already too late.

But those of you who regularly scour the press for a competitive advantage will surely reap the benefits.

Wendy Hallgren, vice president of Corporate Compliance for Fluor Inc., was scheduled to speak on “Business Ethics: Doing the Right Thing Can Be a Competitive Advantage” starting at 2:10 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the Spanos Theater.

If you run right now, you might be able to make it. The event is open to the public and free, so don’t worry about rushing home first to grab your credit card or extra change.

The talk is being presented as part of the Orfalea College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series, which “seeks to enhance the educational experience of business students and the Cal Poly community while showcasing programs, faculty, and students to the California business community.”

From 2002 to 2004, Hallgren was a member of Fluor’s Legal Department; Fluor is a Fortune 500 company specializing in stuff like international engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management. If terms like that pique your interest, you’re in for a treat—again, assuming you’re reading this in the morning or early afternoon of the day this issue came out.

Cal Poly reports that Fluor is No. 5 on Fortune’s 2011 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in the engineering, construction industry, and Ethisphere magazine named it one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the past five years.

For more information, call 756-2874.

Elsewhere at Cal Poly, the school’s engineering undergraduate and graduate students swept the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ student design competition, taking first-, second-, and third-place awards for their projects. The undergrads had to design a heavy-lift hybrid air vehicle, which the Mustang Aerospace team did handily with “Pegasus.” The graduate students had to design an electrically powered aircraft; Cal Poly’s VoltAir team clinched it with the “BLITZ.”

Both teams worked under faculty advisor Bruce Wright, which is a great last name to have if you work in the flight industry. William Durgin joined them for the graduate competition, but don’t hold his last name against him.

Second place in the undergrad competition went to Central Coast Solutions for “The Eclipse;” third place went to Swift Lift Aerospace for the “SL-1 Leviathan.” Second place in the graduate competition went to Team Laminar Flow Aviation for “The EA-Mk1,” while third place when to Team Gorillianaires (who obviously weren’t being judged on their awesome name) for “The Ultimum.”

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