For more than 60 years, the Honored Alumni Award has served as the highest honor bestowed upon Cal Poly alumni. This year, Kyle Wiens, CEO and co-founder of iFixit and 2005 computer science graduate, was honored as the College of Engineering’s Honored Alumnus.
Wiens and Luke Soules launched iFixit in 2003 in their dorm room at Cal Poly, posting a step-by-step repair guide online for Wiens’ broken laptop. Today, iFixit is a collaborative effort spanning thousands of fixers, repair seekers and translators that provides over 80,000 free open-source repair guides for many thousands of devices. The company takes apart and rates products for ease of reparability, with a mission of providing people with the knowledge to make their things work for as long as possible in the interest of saving money, fostering independence and protecting the planet.