Peter Grognard (MS '93) is the CEO of Thales Alenia Space in Belgium-Leuven. He also founded Septentrio, a leading designer and manufacturer of GSSN receivers. He was CEO there until 2014, overseeing the development of the "world's first Galileo receivers." He is now a board member of many European industry associations and is co-founder of Galileo Services, "Europe’s leading Galileo downstream industry association." He and his family are based in Belgium.Read More…
Dana Roth (MS '65) is a Special Projects Librarian at Caltech. This follows a 40-year career as a Chemistry Librarian here. Mr. Roth has worked with international library projects in India and Scotland. He shares that he "was inducted into the Special Libraries Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2014."
Charles McDougall (BS '47) began his studies at Caltech in 1939, but took time out to become a Navy pilot in WWII. After 4 years of duty, he returned to complete his BS. He is now enjoying an active retirement as a Life Member of the Caltech Associates and as a grandfather. "Among my great grandchildren," he says, "one is in college and one is just learning to walk and talk."
2017 has been a good year. I received the Centenary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry and was elected into the National Academy of Inventors. Patricia and I have been traveling a good bit as we slowly ease into retirement: Iran, Turkey, Maui, Montreal and Quebec all in one year.
Marty Zimmerman, director of antenna engineering, CommScope was honored during his company's first "Innovators in Action" conference celebrating the imaginative solutions, ideas and processes that are moving CommScope to the next level. Mr. Zimmerman was one of 80 global employees recognized for their creative work and ideas that bring innovation to the wired and wireless industries the company serves. The event was held in Frisco, Texas, in February 2017. The Innovators in Action program provides a mechanism for CommScope to identify ideas that are making a difference for the company, and for those who created the ideas to be recognized. CommScope is proud to honor Mr. Zimmerman for his dedication to innovation in base station antenna engineering. Mr. Zimmerman earned a BS in electrical engineering from Cal Tech and works for CommScope from his office in Joliet, Illinois.
Mark Gurney is Chairman & CEO of Tetra Discovery Partners, Inc. a clinical stage biotechnology company developing a memory drug to treat Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive disorders. He and his wife, Mary Yurko, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary last summer. Also last summer Mark completed his 25th Chicago-Mackinac Island race making him a member of the honorable Island Goat Sailing Society otherwise known as Old Goats.
I have been appointed director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Pinnacle Health is the primary hospital system in Harrisburg and has several large facilities with close to 800 physicians in the Harrisburg metropolitan area. My practice manages high risk pregnancies and is one of the high-tech subspecialties of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Life has been a whirlwind since leaving Pasadena in 1996! I took a year off and then headed to Philadelphia for medical school. I graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and stayed around for residency in plastic surgery where I met my husband, Adam. We were married in 2006 and ultimately finished with training and fellowship in 2009. My husband and I just welcomed our 5th child to the family in October, 2016. I am now back to work full time as a pediatric plastic surgeon in Kansas City caring for children with cleft lip and palate and other reconstructive needs.
Life has been a whirlwind since leaving Pasadena in 1996! I took a year off and then headed to Philadelphia for medical school. I graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and stayed around for residency in plastic surgery where I met my husband, Adam. We were married in 2006 and ultimately finished with training and fellowship in 2009. My husband and I just welcomed our 5th child to the family in October, 2016. I am now back to work full time as a pediatric plastic surgeon in Kansas City caring for children with cleft lip and palate and other reconstructive needs.Read More…
Retired from academia in 1998, but still in Texas, I'm keeping busy with photography (eye2eyeGallery.com) and writing. My first novel, "To Be," holds up a pretty grim mirror to the current and future state of the State (ToBetheNovel.com). Since it includes a bit of physics and some undergraduate memories, Techies might enjoy reading (and critiquing) it. My second book, "We Never Do Wednesday's," available later this year (and, yes, the apostrophe's placement is correct), is a much shorter and more accessible consideration of the impositions of aging but as derived from biological rather than political decline.
Hope to see some of you at a reunion.
In April 2017, I will receive the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Arnold W. Siegel Humanitarian Award. The Award honors those whose mobility industry contributions have created positive, lasting social benefits for mankind.
The Award recognizes the numerous contributions from all of the members of the Fuels and Lubricants department whose efforts pioneered the adoption of catalytic converters, unleaded gasoline and reformulated gasoline among other things. They also led efforts to improve fuels and lubricants quality on a worldwide basis.
I was fortunate enough to have led the department for 20 years, being involved with the R&D, and helping implement the adoption of these and many other environment improving technologies, which have cleaned the air and improved public health worldwide and resulted in vehicles requiring less maintenance and attention.
I will receive the award along with five other individuals involved with management of the department.
THOMAS J. BUCKHOLTZ (BS '67) continues his research in physics. He published the book "Elementary Particles, Objects, and the Cosmos: Toward One Model."
I've been performing research with Shell and also serving as adjunct faculty at the University of Houston for 5 years now. Highlights of that time include a 9 month assignment in Holland and running in the Boston marathon.Read More…
Steve Trimberger is still employed at Xilinx in San Jose, CA, 28 years and counting. In 2016, he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.
I've returned to being a regular professor of EE at UC San Diego after spending 3 years on the dark side as Associate Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering. A highlight for 2016 was having my first children's book published (The Secret Code Menace, Ransom UK). It is a fictional story for ages 9-11 that teaches a little bit about error correction coding and other concepts from wireless communications. My research is mostly on video compression and wireless comm but I do some biomedical image processing and have even gotten pulled by STEM gender issues into doing some social science research! My oldest son Benjamin graduated from Caltech in 2014 in CS and is a grad student here at UCSD. Second son Rafael (23) got his CS degree from Stanford and is now a venture-backed entrepreneur. Third son Gilead (19) is a sophomore in CS at Cal State Channel Islands. Youngest son Ilan (14) is a high school freshman, and will hopefully break the pattern and do something other than CS. Please look me up if you come to San Diego!
Since graduating from Caltech, I've lived in Massachusetts. After getting a doctorate in psychology, I spent most of my career as a software engineer. Now I'm retired. My fourth grandchild was just born (January 2017).
In 2016 I started a new Professorship at Northeastern in Boston which is an innovative, exciting University that is a leader in interdisciplinary engaged research and experiential education. In addition to my research on social and political dimensions of the renewable energy transition moving away from fossil fuels, I am also playing a leadership role in facilitating new collaborative interdisciplinary research in the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern. It's been fun! My daughters - who were both born in Pasadena while I was a graduate student at Caltech - are now 16 and 17 with the oldest heading off to college this fall. Time flies!
After earning my M.Sc. in 1972, I continued at M.I.T. where I received my Ph.D. in 1976, both degrees in Aerospace Engineering. However, my endeavors in aviation did not last long. In 1981, my interests turned to petroleum engineering, where I would literally spend the next few decades. During the past several years, I have published sixteen research monographs with John Wiley and Sons, and Elsevier Scientific Publishing, disseminating my original work in several specialties vital to oil and gas exploration and production. You can learn more at my website www.stratamagnetic.com. My latest project, however, is not technical - but a highly personal memoir for which I am seeking literary agent representation - if any of you can recommend an agent or publisher who would be excited by the title below, I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks!
Coming of Age in America -
An Asian-American M.I.T. Ph.D.'s Trek from Ghettos, Divorce and Layoffs to Discovery
My cover for the China Economic & Trade Herald, The official journal for the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People's Republic of China (http://en.ndrc.gov.cn), responsible for setting China's Development Agenda.
I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. My research involves using telescopes in Antarctica and Chile to study light from the Big Bang. My wife and I have three sons, with the youngest now almost a year old.