Leslie Rusch (BS '80)

After 10 years in government (project management engineer), I returned to graduate studies at Princeton in 1990. With my newly minted PhD, I took a position as a professor at Univ. Laval (UL) in Quebec City. I perfected (well, not really that perfect) my French for teaching at this francophone institution. I work in optical communications with a very active research program. I spent two years (2000-2002) at Intel in Silicon Valley, but ultimately returned to academic life. My husband is also an EE prof at UL and we have two daughters. Our daughters are both studying engineering at McGill (computer and software) - proving the apple does not fall far from the tree. My connection to Caltech has waned over the years - but at least I still watch Big Bang Theory and key my ear for the nerdy jokes.

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