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Anna Abelin (PhD '14)

A year after I graduated from Caltech I founded Loredge. We are developing the next generation digital platform for building and sharing knowledge across the globe among students and scientists alike. I am leading the startup together with a great team of scientists and programmers from all over the world. Thanks to my years at Caltech I have great experience in what is required by a researcher to do cutting edge science. In Addition I learned how to lead long-term projects and deal with hardship and use good times as fuel for a relentless effort of reaching a distant yet amazing goal.

To build something that can help and improve the daily work for scientists and researchers at a campus like Caltech is one of our strongest driving forces for creating this platform.

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Arthur (Bam) Spaulding (BS' 49, MS '58)

Lately, I had occasion to visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, an experience everyone should have to appreciate the efforts made by the United States to preserve our freedoms. An outgrowth of this visit was the startling revelation that a member of my squad at the very time I was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in January, 1945 was still living in St. Jo., Missouri. He reported the details of this incident in his interview exactly as I did in mine. Talk about incredible possibilities, this one is the epitome of the improbable -- 72 years after the event.

Otherwise, I continue to play swing/jazz saxophone in two bands in Ventura County, and I invite everyone who likes the music of the '40's and later to join me.

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Former Sergeant, 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion

Mark Porter (BS '88)

I am at Amazon Web Services these days, working on what is the largest fleet of databases in the world, a far cry from the * machines we had back in Jorgensen in '88! Distributed system problems, concurrency, and all that cool computer science stuff we studied together are all things we deal with every day; sometimes I have the same look on my face looking at our operations dashboards as I did when I took an AMA95 test... On the personal side, my wife Bonnie and I have five teenage kids now and are loving Seattle; drop by if you're in the area!

Ian Anderson (BS '85)

Ian Anderson (BS '85) serves as President of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) in 2017, the 75th anniversary of the founding as the Electron Microscopy Society of America in 1942. Anniversary celebrations will take place at the annual meeting of the Society, Microscopy & Microanalysis, in St. Louis in August. Former Caltech President (1987-1997) Thomas E. Everhart served as the Society's President on its 35th anniversary in 1977.

William Anderson (PhD '63)

I retired after 35 years of teaching Engineering at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. My wife Betty and I are well and celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary this year. We spend the each winter in Palo Alto to be near our son/daughter-in-law and 4 granddaughters. We stay in Ann Arbor the rest of the year. I'm doing a lot of wood turning (on a lathe) and playing a lot of golf and volleyball. My favorite charity is working with a poor region in Russia, in combination with the Russian Orthodox Church. My college ROTC training led to a 3 year commitment to the Air Force, which I spent doing research at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio in 1962-1965.

Helen Chuang (BS '03)

I made a switch from the biotech/pharma start-up world to big defense contractor several years back. It has been working out very well for me. While my education at Caltech and MIT focused on chemical engineering, the basic analytical mindset translates well across many disciplines.

I have also enjoyed motherhood with my very Techie sons Thomas and Adrian (my husband David Moore is a Techer as well). I am not sure if I can claim that a Caltech degree translates to good parenting skills, but the boys do appear to be well-functioning toddlers.

Please feel free to connect!

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Hojin Ahn (BS '85, MS '86, PhD '89)

I was at Lloyd house (1982-1985). My Ph.D. research was usually conducted at Thomas Building and Spaulding Building subbasement. After finishing my degree, I worked at The Aerospace Corporation for 7 years. Subsequently I moved to Istanbul, Turkey where I live past 20 years. Once in a while I had chances to visit Caltech, including the symposium honoring Prof. Chris E. Brennen (my Ph.D. advisor) at his retirement in 2010. I was also saddened by the recent passing of Prof. Rolf H. Sabersky who used to be my B.S. and M.S. advisor until his retirement. Four years ago my son entered Caltech and became a member at Lloyd house as I did. Since then, I feel my connection to Caltech rejuvenated. I am planning to visit this June to attend his graduation. The following photo shows Prof. C.E. Brennen and R.H. Sabersky with me.

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Valerie Hu (PhD '78)

Since 2005, I have focused my research on autism, using an integrative genomics approach. This has been by far the most exciting and rewarding research of my career! Currently working on gene-environment interactions that may contribute to autism risk. See sample of publications at <> Would love to hear from Caltech classmates and about what they're doing! E-mail:

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Norton Starr (EX '58, PhD '64)

Successfully transferred out after freshman year. Eventually got PhD in math and taught it for fifty years at college level (MIT & Amherst College). Enjoy contact with classmates Ullemeyer, Oetzel, etc. and seeing other alums such as Wiberg, Herlein, Glattenberg, Epstein ('56), Poisner ('56, Blacker, lives near me). Also enjoyed major reunions yet never attended reunions of place to which I transferred. Slowly losing muscle tone and mental swiftness.

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Michael Johas Teener (BS '71)

I retired from Broadcom Ltd after 11 years, Apple for 12 years, and a number of startups before and in-between, and from chairing IEEE standards groups (1394 - Firewire, 802.1AVB - Audio Video Bridging, and 802.1TSN - Time-Sensitive Networking) for 29 years. All that work was acknowledged this December when I was given the IEEE Standards Association Lifetime Achievement Award, which comes with a nifty (and heavy) glass sculpture (that's me on the left, with the long hair). Although I may get back into the business as a consultant in the future, I've promised myself and my family a full year off to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.

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Michael Decker (BS '68)

After nearly 20 years as full-time faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (working principally on vaccines clinical research), I took a position as Vice President, Scientific & Medical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer at Sanofi Pasteur USA (a large global vaccine company, where I spent 16 years before retiring at the end of 2016. Retiring--sort of. Haven't noticed much spare time yet, but I hope the initial surge of work for consulting clients will settle down to a modest level that leaves me entertained but with plenty of time to build my next airplane, whose parts have been sitting in my shop for a year now, as well as take care of the long list of honey-dos my wife has been saving up. Meanwhile, I continue as Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt. Apart from that, we have 4 kids scattered around the southeast that need visiting; football games to attend; and lots of travel that beckons.

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William Bradley (BS '16)

After graduating from Caltech, I got my PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton and my MD from UCSF where I also did my Radiology residency. When MRI first appeared in the physics literature in 1979 I was one of the few radiologists that could understand Fourier Transforms - thanks to my Caltech background. While I was a resident Bill Corcoran, my advisor at Tech, connected me with the Huntington Medical Research Institutes which led to my first job as a radiologist at Huntington Hospital and the first MRI system in Los Angeles. In 1987 I co-wrote and co-edited the first general textbook on MRI which went to three editions in three volumes. Ultimately that - and about 200 papers - led to my last job as Chairman of the Radiology Department at UCSD, a position I held for almost 14 years, stepping down last year. Now I spend my time doing medical-legal expert work, serving as a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and working with startups. So much for retirement...

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Lester Earnest (BS '53)

I've been having a good time despite some adversities. In 1965 I was recruited by the Computer Science Department of Stanford University to create a new graduate research lab, so I designed, set up, named, and managed the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL), which soon became a hotbed of innovation.

SAIL people directly or indirectly spun off many successful research groups as well as dozens of corporations such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, D.E. Shaw and Associates, Google, iRobot, Rambus, and Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle).

While all that was going on I personally initiated the creation of many computer-related inventions that are now in use around the world and the developers who took them to market have made hundreds of billions of dollars with more to come. I consider that an honor, even though they never gave me a nickel, because I had done that work in open source mode. See my web site at for a summary of those accomplishments and my argument that patents should be dumped because they inhibit progress.

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Patrick Piccione (PhD '02)

Everyday life saw a major change with our April move to Basel. Our son Giovanni now gets around very comfortably on his own, and we have recently started running around the house as the new game "where's Papa?" We have an apartment close to the zoo, to which a season's pass has proven a great idea. Basel itself is a compact city with a lot to offer, we quite like it. The one thing we need to keep working on is our German. Giovanni is now starting to talk which is very interesting & exciting!
Work has been going well: projects in both traditional chemical engineering science and the newer seeds engineering. I also lead the strategy on "maths and data science" for "Technology & Engineering" (~1000 people). We are putting more emphasis on creating tools so I need to think more about software and interfaces. In parallel several papers on modelling have come out via external collaborations. Syngenta has been the target of an acquisition bid from ChemChina, the implications of which will take time to become apparent.

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Robert Geller (BS '73, MS 75', PhD '77)

I was the first permanent foreign faculty member at the University of Tokyo, and after 32 years of research and teaching in seismology here I will be retiring at the mandatory retirement age, 65. I will continue to live in Tokyo and also will continue my research on inverting seismic data for 3-D earth structure and various other topics I'm working on now, including the problems and limitations of methods now being used for various types of earthquake forecasting.

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