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John Shier (BS '60)

I thought I retired in 1999, but found a new space-filling algorithm in 2010 and have become an accidental mathematician. I find myself publishing journal papers, and have jointly authored about a half-dozen conference presentations with Doug Dunham (also Caltech class of 1960). See it all at my web site: http://john-art.com/

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Ralph Moore (BS '62)

I and a partner founded Micro Digital in 1975. Our first project used an 8080 processor. In 1989 I and my older son, Alan, developed the smx RTOS kernel. He left a few years later and my younger son, David, joined the Company. He and I have been improving and selling the SMX RTOS ever since. After a 20 year stint, by me, in sales and marketing, he has taken over those function and I have been doing programming for the last 5 years. I am now working on support for Memory Protection Units (MPUs), which provide improved security for Things in the IoT. I enjoy my work because I am continually learning new things, solving problems, and creating code that implements those solutions. This is kind of like solving the Strong problems if any of you remember them. I am not using much physics, but I think the problem solving I learned at Caltech has been beneficial throughout my career.

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Parker MacCready (MS '86)

I have been on the faculty at UW in Oceanography for the past couple decades, studying the physical oceanography of coastal and estuarine waters. These days my work on geophysical fluid dynamics finds application to practical problems such as ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms, especially as they affect shellfish and salmon. A favorite tool is realistic numerical simulations, and I run a daily forecast model called LiveOcean for waters of the NE Pacific and Puget Sound.

My wife Molly Knox and I live in a rural area outside of Olympia, Washington, near the Sound. We have two kids. Jill, 23, is a senior at Claremont McKenna College studying neurobiology. Henry, 18, is a senior at Olympia High School.

Having now taught many classes on fluid dynamics, I am eternally impressed with the amazing education I received in my few years at Caltech.

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Phil Harriman (BS '59)

Since I retired from the NSF in 2001 I've been active in Sonoma State University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, first as a student then as a teacher. Now I'm running a science club there. Next week (January 19, 2017) I'll be giving a talk on the detection of gravity waves by LIGO. which brings up memories of Caltech since it is the lead institution of the activity.

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Yorkman Lowe (EX '72, BS '73)

Being retired, I've volunteered for historical and architectural societies, helping at public exhibits and home tours. Also for the Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual bike rides between SF & Sonoma County. In summer 2015 I began volunteering as a National Parks Service tour guide on the Amtrak trains between San Jose and San Luis Obispo. That year I made 6 roundtrips, and in 2016, 10 roundtrips. If the trains are on time, it's an 11-hour day; if not, it's longer. See:
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/amtraktrailsandrails/index.htm

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Hannah Carbone (PhD '99)

After several years working as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Toronto, I returned to Pasadena in 2005, and in 2007 came back to Caltech where I have been working ever since. I'm now the Director for Innovation, Patents & Licensing within the Office of Technology Transfer & Corporate Partnerships. I live in Sierra Madre with my husband, Greg, and our daughter, Teresa.

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Laureli (Laura) Shimayo (Brockman) (MS '91)

In 2016 I published my first book, The Sweet Spot: Leveraging Your Talents in Leadership and Life about the 7 Talents of the ThriveTypes archetypes, available on Amazon. After working in medicine, agriculture, patent law and consumer products, I became a coach and consultant specializing in HR, Body Psychology, and personality archetypes. I enjoy empowering people to feel fully alive, pursue their purpose, tune their career path for fulfillment and success, lead and manage authentically, hire the best employees, maximize collaboration and results, meet aligned partners via conscious online dating, grow personally and spiritually, and thrive in all they do. I enjoy working with people all around the world by video and currently live in Seattle. www.LaureliShimayo.com

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Stanley Gill Williamson (BS '60)

I have made all of the material in my textbooks available for free on my website:

http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~gill/

This includes Discrete Math Courses (lower division undergrad); Foundations of Combinatorics (upper division undergrad); Linear and Multilinear Algebra (lower division, beginning graduate); Top-down Calculus (review of calculus for those who already have had a course); Algorithmic Combinatorics (graduate level); Tensor Spaces Seminar (graduate level); Cosmology: Multiverses (foundational issues); SETI: Synthetic Intelligence (various topics).

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Lee Schmidt (BS '58, MS '59)

My software development career began by accident when Caltech got its Datatron computer. I still do software stuff, but for the last few years it took a backseat to my wife's Alzheimer's. She died in August 2016 after a grueling 4 months of the worst phases of the disease. We were married for 54 years and we have 4 sons. I hope that I will be able to attend the next reunion of the class of "1598".

Attached photo is from 2006, a happier time.
 

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Sherman Stein (BS' 46)

I retired some 25 years ago because I wanted to see who I am when I do not have the benefit of the cocoon of a university. During this time I've written several books, including two for the public,
"What Did Archimedes Do Besides Cry Eureka?" and "Adventures in Mathematical Reasoning." Also I've published research on the logic of identities, an area in which some of the proofs were provided by computer programs.

I finally answered this elementary question: If multiplication distributes over addition (c(a + b) = ca + cb) and exponentiation distributes over multiplication ((ab)^c = a^c b^c) what functions distribute over exponentiation (f(a^b) = f(a)^f(b))? I had hoped to uncover some new exotic functions but showed that only the two functions f(x) = 1 and f(x) = x have that property. Because the proofs use only elementary calculus I published this in the College Mathematics Journal.

I should mention the years I've spent on the 6th edition of my calculus book. All that remains is another proofreading of text and figures.

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Alan Blumenthal (PhD '71)

I am grateful to have had my years at Caltech with exceptional teachers and colleagues. I was in the Biology Division during very productive and exciting years, to witness the consolidation of modern genetics and the foundations of molecular biology and modern neurobiology. Thanks to all who made this possible.

After Caltech, I spent three years in the Biochemistry Department at Stanford Medical School, and then five years in research at U.C. San Francisco. Both great places at the right times.

As I tell my real estate clients, this is my best career yet.

 

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Robert Deffeyes (BS '57)

I retired 20 years ago. 2 years ago, my wife and I moved from Austin to Seattle. We are in a retirement home A met a watercolor artist and I put on a two man exhibition. He had a couple of dozen watercolor pictures and I had a "matching" set of photographs of the same subject. He painted a scene of a fjord on the north coast of Norway in 1950. I had a picture standing on almost the same spot in 2002. We were asked to do a talk during the exhibition. As I prepared for the talk, I realized that I knew him. He is Dr. Thane McCullogh a geology professor at Caltech when I was an undergraduate. I had written a front page article in The California Tech about a Friday demonstration lecture by Dr McCullough. That article appeared 60 years to the day of our talk. Naturally, I displayed a copy of the article to the audience at the talk. I am still masquerading as an artist.

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Kurt Anderson (BS '63, PhD '69)

Since retirement I have been active (mostly) in water-related matters as part of
the Lower Rio Grande Regional Water Plan update effort and environmental issues
with the Lower Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club.
I am also involved in New Mexico search and rescue operations with Doña Ana County Search and Rescue and the Organ Mountains Technical Rescue Squad - although l'm now leaving some of the hairier rescue operations to younger and fitter team members.

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Benjamin Smith (BS '94)

After serving Readington Township, NJ for twelve years sitting on volunteer committees including Open Space, Historic Preservation and Planning Board, Ben ran for public office as a Republican. He was elected to the Township Committee for a three year term starting 2016. In January the Committee elected him Mayor for 2017.

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