(BS ’83, Physics)
For his groundbreaking contributions to microscopy. Betzig pioneered a method known as single-molecule microscopy, or “nanoscopy,” which allows cellular structures at the nanoscale to be observed using an optical microscope, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014.
Janet C. Campagna
(MS ’85, Social Science)
For her contributions to quantitative investment and for her leadership in the financial industry. Campagna is the founder of QS Investors, a leading customized solutions and global quantitative equities provider. She is responsible for all business, strategic, and investment decisions within the investment-management firm.
(PhD ’82, Physics)
For his scientific leadership in the study of gamma-ray bursts as well as for his significant contributions to high-energy astrophysics, infrared astronomy, and instrument development.
Carl V. Larson
(BS ’52, Mechanical Engineering)
For his accomplished career in the electronics industry. Over the course of three decades, Larson held numerous and diverse leadership roles in fields ranging from engineering to marketing. Larson is also being celebrated for his sustained commitment to the research, students, and alumni of Caltech.
Thomas (Tim) J. Litle IV
(BS ’62, Engineering and Applied Science)
For his revolutionary contributions to commerce. Through innovations such as the presorted mail program developed for the U.S. Postal Service and the three-digit security codes on credit cards, Litle has made global business more efficient and secure.
Ellen D. Williams
(PhD ’82, Chemistry)
Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
For her sustained record of innovation and achievement in the area of structural-surface physics. She founded the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Maryland and was the chief scientist for BP. She now serves as director of the Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA-E) in the U.S. Department of Energy.