James Kuyper (BS '89)

James Kuyper (BS '89) has worked for NASA contractors for 20 years as a Level 1 Lead. He continues work on geolocation programming "for the MODIS instruments on the Terra and Aqua satellites, and for the VIIRS instrument on the NPP Suomo satellite." After moving to a new home in 2013, he and his wife welcomed twins Allen and Ashlyn early this year. 

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Dave Zobel (BS '84)

Dave Zobel  (BS '84) is a freelance writer, humorist, and radio commentator. He is also on the Board of Trash for Teaching, an organization that repurposes manufacturing overages into science and art kits for schools. In keeping with his goal to make science accessible and fun, he has recently published a book titled, "The Science of TV's the Big Bang Theory," which provide a general audience with insights into the "heady science concepts mentioned on the show."

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Dick Van Kirk (BS '58)

Dick Van Kirk (BS '58) is the President Emeritus of the Special Olympics Southern California. He has been active in the planning and preparation of the 2015 World Games in LA, noting that they have attracted nearly 7,000 athletes from 170 countries to compete in 25 sport. As he says, "what a way to increase awareness and inclusion for persons with disabilities!"

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Shamim Rahman (MS '85)

Shamim Rahman (MS '85) has been with NASA since 199, and is currently the Interface Lead for Orion Spacecraft to Space Launch System Launcher. An uncrewed launch is planned for 2018, with a crewed launch to follow. The project is currently in the Critical Design Review stage, and Shamim notes that he is "glad to be part of this effort."

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Bill Bradley (BS '70)

Bill Bradley (BS '70) is soon to step down from a 13-year tenure as Chair of the Department of Radiology at UCSD. As one of the first radiologists to to get involved with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, he recalls that he was "very lucky to hit the 'MRI' wave." He is looking forward to continuing his work in clinical neuroradiology and research, which he pursued before his time at UCSD.

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Tim Lesko (PhD '04)

Tim Lesko  (PhD '04) is a Quality and Operations Support Manager with Schlumberger Well Services. He works on the development of fluid systems, equipment, and extraction processes, facilitating a turn to greener technology in the industry. His work allows him to "travel the world and play with full size Tonka trucks." 

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Larry Meixner (BS '84)

After a path that took me (since Caltech) from CA to CO to PA to UT to CA, I got married (2003), had a son (2007), and settled down... or so we thought. But in 2011, we moved to Washington state, as I had the opportunity to lead the U.S. R&D subsidiary of Sharp Corporation of Japan. This was the culmination of a path that started at age 42 when I was first traveled to Japan and was introduced to its language and culture. My wife is also Japanese, and we are raising 8-year-old son Kano (means "possibilities" in Japanese) bilingually and biculturally, so that he can understand the true breadth and diversity this world has to offer. I travel to Japan about 6 times per year, and have finally reached the point that I only rarely use English on those trips. One of many highlights for me was climbing Mt. Fuji to the summit in July 2014. We love the natural beauty and pace of the Pacific Northwest and invite our old friends to drop in and say hello!

(Photo - climbing Mt. Fuji, 2014)

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Andrew Cockburn (BS '74)

Five years into retirement, and I am still loving it.

I continue to collaborate on various bioinformatics projects. Mostly these are microbiome analyses using high throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA genes, but I also have an almost-finished project involving protein sequencing. I even went back into the lab and did some sample preparation this spring (but they had to pay me).

I continue to play and teach bridge. My regular partner and I have been having a fair amount of success at nearby tournaments, though we are still playing in the lower brackets. It is a long way up to the professionals and other top players.

Other hobbies include gardening, genealogy, and local Democratic politics.

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William Brownlie (PhD '82)

William Brownlie (PhD '82) has worked with Tetra Tech in Pasadena for 34 years, and is currently Chief Engineer, Senior VP, and Risk Management Officer with the firm. He worked on hydraulics and sediment transport during his time at Caltech, and the methods he developed at that time have since been widely adopted in industrial practice. His research and methods, listed as the "Brownlie Methods," was included in the 2007 "Sedimentation Engineering Manual 110," published by ASCE.

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Kyong Chris Oh (MS '97)

Kyong Chris Oh, M.D.S.C. (MS '97) is an Internist full-time in a private practice. He also works with Guatemala's Ministry of Health to provide care to remote Mayan villages, developing a sustainable model for the healthcare system to train local midwives and health promoters. In addition, he delivers obstetric ultrasound training to rural clinics through a pioneering application of information technologies.

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Philip Cassady (PhD '70)

Philip Cassady (PhD '70) is retired from a distinguished career as Senior Technical Fellow with Boeing, where he chaired the Boeing Technical Fellowship from 2003-2005. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Aeronatutical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has recently been recognized by the AIAA with the 2015 Plasmadynamics and Lasers Award for “distinguished contributions to the development of aero-optics and high power laser fluid dynamics.”

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Carlos Gonzales (MS '12, PhD '15)

Carlos Gonzales (MS '12, PhD '15) is the CTO for consulting company Machine Learning Consultants LLC.  The growing company's projects "involve work with Recommender Systems, Medical Diagnosis applications, Internet Advertising optimization algorithms, and Financial applications," he explains. Carlos will also be a Visiting Postdoc at Caltech in the coming year.

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William Meisel (BS ’64)

William Meisel (BS ’64) is the President of technical consulting company TMA Associates. He has worked extensively in speech recognition technology and computer intelligence, authoring “The Software Society: Cultural and Economic Impact,” and the technical book, “Computer-Oriented Approaches to Pattern Recognition.” He has recently made a departure into fiction and published a futuristic mystery novel called “Technically Dead."

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Ernesto Martin (MS ’68)

Ernesto Martin (MS ’68) relates that “after...Caltech I spent nearly 20 years on communications satellites (from rocket propulsion to the delivery of HDTV) and then 10 years in the jet-engine business." He also acted as a consultant to firms like GE and as an advisor to Cessna and the US Government. He is now retired in Florida, where he takes the opportunity to pilot his plane to the islands to visit his beach house.

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