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.

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1 Boston / New York / Pasadena / San Francisco / Seattle / Silicon Valley

Conversations with Joe Shepherd (PhD ’81), Vice President for Student Affairs

January–April 2017

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
solar system.


Washington, DC

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.


San Francisco

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.


Santa Barbara

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.


Pacific Northwest

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.


Santa Barbara

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


Silicon Valley

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.