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Peter Gronard (MS '93)

Peter Grognard  (MS '93) is the CEO of Thales Alenia Space in Belgium-Leuven. He also founded Septentrio, a leading designer and manufacturer of GSSN receivers. He was CEO there until 2014, overseeing the development of the "world's first Galileo receivers." He is now a board member of many European industry associations and is co-founder of Galileo Services, "Europe’s leading Galileo downstream industry association." He and his family are based in Belgium.

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Dana Roth (MS '65)

Dana Roth (MS '65) is a Special Projects Librarian at Caltech. This follows a 40-year career as a Chemistry Librarian here. Mr. Roth has worked with international library projects in India and Scotland. He shares that he "was inducted into the Special Libraries Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2014."

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Charles McDougall (BS '47)

Charles McDougall (BS '47) began his studies at Caltech in 1939, but took time out to become a Navy pilot in WWII. After 4 years of duty, he returned to complete his BS. He is now enjoying an active retirement as a Life Member of the Caltech Associates and as a grandfather. "Among my great grandchildren," he says, "one is in college and one is just learning to walk and talk."   

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William Bloom (BS '68)

William Bloom (BS '68) and his wife own Westmore Thoroughbreds LLC. The horses they breed compete on California tracks like Santa Anita and Del Mar.  "Most of the effort is in genetics," he reveals. It is hard work and much is up to chance, but, he says, "the thrill of winning makes it all worthwhile."

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CJ Beegle-Kraus (BS '82)

CJ Beegle-Kraus (BS '82) is a Senior Scientist focusing on Environmental Modeling and Monitoring at SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Environmental Technology. She currently lives in Norway, working primarily on operational models of well blowouts in the Arctic. After working in Svalbard last year (during which time, she admits, she did not see any polar bears), she recommends the area as a great place to visit "at any time of year, as the land is beautiful, and the aurora - lovely."

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Charles Conner (BS '75)

Charles Conner (BS '75) is a Biological Sciences Technician with the NPS at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona, where he has worked, "touching the resource," as he says, for the past 26 years. Not only does he collaborate on international projects and work with automated weather stations, he also works with the wealth of local wildlife ("snakes, lizards, rodents, bats, etc.") and so continues to have "much fun in the desert."

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Linda Strubbe (BS '03)

Linda Strubbe (BS '03) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Teaching and Learning at the University of British Columbia. There, she studies the learning process, teaches astronomy and physics, and supports other faculty who wish to improve their own teaching. She recently returned from co-leading the West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers in Nigeria, and is "really enjoying [her] new career direction of astronomy and physics education."

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Dana Powers (BS '70, PhD '75)

Dana Powers (BS '70, PhD '75) worked with Sandia National Laboratories as a Senior Scientist for more than a decade, and is now on the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He has contributed to a variety of nuclear safety advisory panels over the years, including the International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group after Chernobyl. In 2015, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineers.

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Albert Whittlesey (BS '62)

Albert Whittlesey (BS '62) retired in 2014 after 52 years with the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. So far he has kept busy traveling, hiking, and reading (all avidly). "My wife gave me a book about how how to keep from being bored in retirement and I hope to read it when I get time," he says. "It's looking to be a good new life."

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