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Clifford M. Will (PhD '71)

Clifford M. Will (PhD ‘71), Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Florida, has been awarded the 2019 Albert Einstein Medal by the Albert Einstein Society in Berne, Switzerland.  The medal recognizes his “important contributions to General Relativity, in particular including the Post-Newtonian expansions of approximate solutions of the Einstein field equations and their confrontation with experiments”. 

First awarded to Stephen Hawking in 1979, the medal has been awarded annually “to deserving individuals for outstanding scientific findings, works, or publications related to Albert Einstein”. Previous awardees include eight Nobel Laureates, Kip Thorne (BS ‘62), and the LIGO Collaboration. The presentation will take place in June in Berne.

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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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Nick Brestoff (MS '71)

After Caltech, USC Law, and a career as a litigator, I retired and moved to the Seattle area. Then my head cleared. I now lead a tech startup, Intraspexion, which uses Deep Learning to enable corporate counsel to avoid lawsuits, instead of managing them. My patent is entitled, "Using Classified Text and Deep Learning Algorithms to Identify Risk and Provide Early Warning." I gave my first public talk about Intraspexion on November 7, 2016, at the AI World Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

Personal notes: Lois Montague and I married in 1975. Along the way Lois and I had two sons, Daniel and Jonathan. Daniel is a firearms expert. Jon is an MD-PhD, who is currently a resident in clinical pathology at Wash U. We have 3 grandchildren, ages 18, 1, and 1. They are as much fun and as scary as a startup.

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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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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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