Dennis Pocekay (BS ’70)

Dennis Pocekay, M.D. (BS ’70) retired from his full time medical practice 6 years ago because he “wanted to do more teaching.” He is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis, a tutor for pre-health high school students, and a preceptor for first-year medical students at the Paul Hom Asian Free Clinic in Sacramento.

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Henry Abrash (PhD ’61)

Henry Abrash (PhD ’61) is now retired after a many years as a Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor at CSU, Northridge. However, he is “staying busy, most satisfyingly as a volunteer presenter at the California Science Center.” He is also an active member in the Southern California section of the American Chemical Society, the CSUN chapter of Sigma Xi, and offers his expertise as a judge in the California State Science Fair.

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Mary Wahl (BS ’08)

Mary Wahl (BS ’08) is a College Fellow of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. “Since leaving Pasdena, Nick Hutzler (Ricketts '07) and I have been in the Boston area, where we earned our doctorates, got married, and became involved with local Caltech Alumni Association events,” Mary relates. She is currently pursuing her own research in genetic genealogy while also lecturing part-time for her Department.

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Laurence Trafton (BS ’60, MS ’61, PhD ’65)

Laurence Trafton  (BS ’60, MS ’61, PhD ’65) is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. He notes that he missed his 55th reunion due a scheduling conflict: he was due on Mauna Kea to observe Pluto during the New Horizons flyby in July. “Hope to see you at our 60th,” he says.

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Jasmine Bryant (BS ’95)

Jasmine Bryant (BS ’95) is currently a Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Washington. She was recently awarded the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology for her pioneering integration of technology and teaching, which has helped students and staff alike. She was also recognized by the UW Panhellenic Association & Interfraternity Council with the 2013 Most Engaging Lecturer Award.

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Alan Poisner (BS '56)

Alan Poisner, M.D. (BS '56) is Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He continues active part-time research on an animal model of fat embolism, with publications forthcoming. In this "momentous year," he has recently remarried, and has gone on to win gold medals in the sport of racewalking, a sport in which he has already won gold and broken multiple records.

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Douglas Duncan (BS '73)

At the Univ. of Colorado we have just built the most advanced planetarium ever built in the US. It features a video image of 8,000 x 8,0000 pixels, 60 frames per second. That's a lot of data! We can show the earth at 1 m per pixel and fly around, fly through the solar system, out to the edge of the known universe. We're starting to make productions for distribution to the more than 1,000 digital video planetariums in the US. Now I'm looking for individual and corporate sponsors. Kind of combining Caltech and Hollywoood.

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James Kallis (MS '61)

James Kallis, a reliability engineer, is applying his expertise to improve medical and dental devices. The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued patents, in 2013 and 2014, for two of his inventions as an independent inventor: "Detecting Imminent Structural Failure of an Electrical Lead in an Implanted Cardiac Therapy Medical Device" and "Tooth Crack Detection by Means of Acoustic Emission".

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Maneesh Jain (BS '90, BS '90)

I love building companies. I've been a serial entrepreneur the past 19 years. I've been lucky to have been involved with 4 startups from their inception and to have worked with some great people and teams. My first three startups were acquired by mid-size firms, where I have typically spent the time to drive them to commercial success for their innovative (but fledgling) technologies.

My expertise is in the fields of genomics (research and clinical apps) as well as medical devices. I am always looking for great folks to partner with and to build companies with. It is an incredibly exciting time in the industry, where we can make true impact in healthcare for the next generation and transform the practice of medicine.

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Keith Koenig (MS '71)

I just finished my 37th year at Mississippi State University (MSU).  To "celebrate", the MSU Space Cowboys, the rocket design team that I advise, placed first both in the Advanced category and overall in the 2015 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.  Over 50 teams participated in the competition, including one from that little school on the East Coast known as MIT.

The accompanying photo shows the Space Cowboys with their two-stage rocket, Asimov, on the launch stand in the early morning, eastern Utah desert prior to our launch, June 25, 2015.  Asimov has a morphing nose geometry that adjusts with flight velocity to keep drag low (or at least try to!) at subsonic, transonic and supersonic speeds.

Although I have more graduate students than I can keep track of, I have particularly stressed undergraduate education during the past three plus decades.  Currently, "children" of mine are working at Aerovironment (for whom I worked oh, so many years ago), Scaled Composites,  Sierra Nevada, and SpaceX, among many other organizations.  Yes, there are good engineers from Mississippi.

Y'all are most welcome to visit!

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Clyde Zaidins (BS '62, MS '63, PhD '67)

Clyde Zaidins (BS '62, MS '63, PhD '67) came out of retirement to chair the physics department at the University of Colorado in Denver, where he spent his career. "I arrived in 1967 as one of the first three faculty," he says, and notes that while he's no longer at his beach house, he finds the work satisfying.

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Steve Andreas (BS '57)

Steve Andreas (BS '57) is an active practitioner, author, and teacher in the field of brief psychotherapy, which aims to address the impact of painful memories as a means to treat the effects of maladies such as anxiety, depression, or post traumatic stress disorder. His latest two books, "Transforming Negative Self-Talk" and "MORE Transforming Negative Self-Talk," are published by W.W. Norton and Company. 

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Dayna Salter (BS '76)

Dayna Salter (BS '76) has retired from ExxonMobil after 35 years in the oil industry. Her next project will be teaching Developmental Math to junior college students in her hometown of Spring, TX. "I am enjoying the extra time," she says, to pursue her interests in personal training, yoga, piano, and maintaining an active B-17 with the Commemorative Air Force (Gulf Coast Wing).

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Munir Bhatti (BS '90)

I currently make my living as a private investor. This leaves some free time, so I've been volunteering in physics research on campus as well as helping to coach FLL and FTC robotics at the kids' schools. As an investor, my focus in value investing.My wife works at JPL so we're becoming a typical Caltech-JPL household. She's an electrical engineering and enjoys the challenges of designing things fit for the harsh environs of space.We have two children, ages 12 and 9, who enjoy robotics, music, and especially summer vacation.

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Paul Re (BS '72)

After many years of work, my new book Art, Peace, and Transcendence: Reograms That Elevate and Unite will be available from the University of New Mexico Press beginning December 2015.  It is partly autobiographical and includes my Caltech years, 1968-1972.  I look forward to sharing this hybrid of art, science and philosophy with the Caltech community.  

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