Bursts of Light

Bursts of Light

From David Tytell (BS ’99), President of the Caltech Alumni Association

The Manifold Man

The Manifold Man

How Ian Agol (BS ’92) put the finishing stroke on a three-decades-old grand vision of mathematics—for which he won the 2016 Breakthrough Prize. 

From Earworms to Ebola

From Earworms to Ebola

As a reporter for NPR’s science desk, Michaeleen Doucleff (BS ’98) is quickly gaining a reputation for journalism that ranges from quirky to daring. 

Why I Ate a Bug

Why I Ate a Bug

Neuroscientist Sam Wang (BS ’86) became famous for his hobby—-analyzing elections. Like many others, he predicted Hillary Clinton would win. Wang was so confident in the data, he then made a promise he would have to fulfill... 

The Alumni Perspective

The Alumni Perspective

Last year, the Institute partnered with the Caltech Alumni Association to conduct an extensive survey—our first ever to include both undergraduate and graduate alumni.

Binaries

Binaries

Original Short Story by S.B. Divya (BS ’96)

Launch Prep

Launch Prep

The Caltech Alumni Association prepares to welcome the class of 2017. Nikita Sirohi (BS ’17) shares a few thoughts about her next steps.

Caltech Across the Country

Caltech Across the Country

With more than 150 events held across the nation, including faculty lectures, reunions, career-networking opportunities, and social outings, it’s been a busy year for Caltech alumni.

Marking a Milestone

Marking a Milestone

Download this illustration—by the same artist who produced the “Grand Tour” and "Mars" posters for NASA—to celebrate the impact of our alumni.

Knowing the Vote

Knowing the Vote

Forecasting elections is becoming more sophisticated, thanks in part to methods developed by Erin Hartman (BS ’07).

The Long View

The Long View

An accomplished scientist and leader, France Córdova(PhD ’79) brings a lifetime of experience to her role as the director of the National Science Foundation, defying expectations, placing big bets, and always keeping an eye toward the future.

The Impossible Rock

The Impossible Rock

A strange mineral in an Italian museum, secret diaries, gem smugglers, a meteorite, and an expedition to a remote part of the world... The extraordinary global hunt for the origins of a rock that was not supposed to exist. 

Caltech and the Factory of Ideas

Caltech and the Factory of Ideas

Long before Google, Apple, or SpaceX got in the game, the most powerful company to pursue privatized basic scientific research belonged to “Ma Bell.” 

Quantum Hoop Dreams

Quantum Hoop Dreams

How Dean Oliver (BS ’90) became known as the father of basketball analytics.

Defending the Court

Defending the Court

Will Peterson (BS ’02) was offered the chance every lawyer dreams of, to argue before the Supreme Court, but the former software engineer had less than four months to prepare his case.

Looking for E.T.

Looking for E.T.

After five decades hunting for intelligent life in the universe, we have yet to find any evidence. Does it mean there’s nothing out there? Or do we need to rethink what we’re searching for?