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Michael Barela (BS '85)

Current Place of Employment: Adafruit Industries LLC

Current Title/Role: Consulting Engineer

Mike Barela (BS EE, '85) has retired from the U.S. Department of State, having served as a Senior Foreign Service Officer and Security Engineer for nearly 30 years.

Mike has started a consultancy, BarelaTech, LLC, and has accepted the role as consulting engineer at Adafruit Industries ( as of April 30th. He and wife Traci returned from their assignment to Germany last August to settle in Northern Virginia.

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Dilip Khatri (MS '85)

Graduated from Caltech in 1985 with my MS in Civil Engineering (Dr. Paul Jennings was my advisor), and then went on to complete my PhD in Structural/Earthquake Engineering at USC in 1997 (Dr. Agbabian, Dr. Trifunac, Dr. Vincent Lee, and Dr. Jim Anderson were on my Dissertation Committee). I also completed my MBA in Finance from USC, 1988. For the past 34 years I've been working in design, analysis, and construction of buildings, bridges, wind towers, infrastructure projects , residences, roads, and various aspects of civil engineering. I'm now in my own private consulting practice for the past 20 years and enjoy every part of the profession. I'm licensed in 50 States, Canada, and Australia, and work internationally as well.

In the past 5 years, I've developed a new avocation: Documentary Film Production. I will have my first documentary film about structural engineers and architects designing the tallest high rise building in Los Angeles: The Wilshire Grand Center. This film will be released in October 2017.

I still live in Pasadena, only 15 minutes from Caltech and periodically stop by to visit the Athenaeum, Library, Bookstore, Gym, and take a stroll on campus. It feels good to be part of the Caltech Community.

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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.

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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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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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