Saif Hussain (BS '78)

Living in LA and have had an amazing career so far. Stayed true to the Caltech taught approach: question assumptions, go back/stay true to the fundamentals, relentlessly look for a better way and "The truth shall make you free". Sadly not everyone always agrees with this philosophy and strategy, so I've had more than my fair share of struggles with entrenched conventional thinking and thinkers. Having worked globally from India/Pakistan to Indonesia and Japan and Haiti and places in between, not to mention our own home sweet home the US of A, I feel incredibly blessed for having had the opportunity to make a real difference for people who might not have been able to achieve the same otherwise. I hope Caltech will re-energize its Earthquake Engineering program (and focus) to levels matching the glory days of Richter, Housner, Jennings, Iwan et al. I'm so fortunate to have had most of them as my teachers. Best of luck to all in Techerland!

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