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. Here’s a list of just some of the engaging topics and conversations the Caltech Alumni Association hosted in regions near you.
1 Boston / New York / Pasadena / San Francisco / Seattle / Silicon Valley
Conversations with Joe Shepherd (PhD ’81), Vice President for Student Affairs
The Caltech Alumni Association hosted a series of conversations across the country and in a global webcast with Joe Shepherd, vice president for student affairs. Alumni in six cities learned about some of the significant ways Caltech is working to enhance the personal, academic, and professional development of our students, and how alumni can help support this effort.
Palo Alto, CA
New Distant Planet in Our Solar System
January 13, 2016
The Caltech Associates hosted a conversation with Konstantin Batygin (PhD ’12) for alumni and friends. Batygin spoke about his research that points to the possible existence of a ninth planet in our
Tour of the National Gallery
February 14, 2016
Docent Susan Read (MS ’00) led alumni and their families on a special tour of the National Gallery.
Women in Engineering: Virtual Speed Networking
February 25, 2016
Alumnae pursuing careers in engineering participated in an online networking
event hosted by the CAA and the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Conversation with Jean-Laurent Rosenthal (PhD ’88)
March 15, 2016
Alumni and friends in the Bay Area celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences with its chair, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal.
Writing the Genomic Novel
April 19, 2016
Biologist Rob Phillips discussed the state of our abilities to decipher genomes and, given our understanding of that rich biological language, the possibility we might rewrite them to create previously unimagined organisms.
Reunion Weekend and 79th Annual Seminar Day
May 19–22, 2016
More than 1,500 students, faculty, family, and friends returned to campus to catch up with friends and partake in more than 100 events and activities held over four days in May, including Seminar Day and the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Real-World Interviewing Skills
June 17, 2016
The Caltech Alumni Association hosted alumni from across the nation for an online seminar that explored techniques to help with mastering this important step.
An Evening with Distinguished Alumna Sandra Tsing Loh (BS ’83)
June 24, 2016
In the throes of her own midlife change, Loh wrote a memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, which was adapted into a stage play that ran in Pasadena and San Francisco in January 2016. Following the June 24 performance at the Pasadena Playhouse, alumni joined Loh for conversation.
Starting a Business
July 7, 2016
For those interested in starting a business, Visiting Professor of Engineering Ken Pickar led alumni in an online discussion on the basics of developing a plan, securing financing, and preparing a legal structure.
LinkedIn Profile Photos (and Advice!) for Alumni and Students
July 17, 2016
They say you never have a second chance to make a first impression—and for many job seekers, that’s the all-important profile photo on LinkedIn. More than 300 current students and alumni came to Alumni House in July, then again in January for a free profile photo and a free brief session with a career counselor.
September 13, 2016
More than 30 alumni in the Mile-High City gathered for conversation at the trendy Forest Room 5.
Journey Down the Columbia and Snake Rivers
October 8–14, 2016
Thirty alumni and guests joined John Hall, professor of civil engineering at Caltech, to retrace the Pacific Northwest portion of Lewis and Clark’s epic 19th-century expedition, cruising through the lush landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and the mountains of the Cascade Range.
The Sound of Black Holes Colliding
October 11, 2016
David Retize, executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), shared the story of the “chirp” heard through the cosmos—and around the world: the first detection of gravitational waves.
Alumni College: Caltech Computes
November 12, 2016
Alumni explored the ways in which computational thinking is disrupting science and engineering, creating entirely new disciplines with CS+X. Videos are available online at alumni.caltech.edu/caltech-computes.
Monthly Lunch with President Rosenbaum
December 15, 2016
Thomas F. Rosenbaum visited the alumni monthly lunch in Silicon Valley to discuss current news from campus and Break Through: The Caltech Campaign, the Institute’s ambitious $2 billion initiative.