On March 3, 2020, Caltech announced the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.
For his significant contributions to low dimensional topology and geometric group theory, such as proving the virtual Haken conjecture, Marden’s Tameness conjecture, and other theorems that provide an understanding of the coverings of three-dimensional manifolds.
For her leadership in the fields of computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, as well as her advocacy for diversity and inclusion in AI and STEM fields. Li’s interdisciplinary influence connecting neuroscience and machine learning has made her a leading voice in applications of AI to improve healthcare.
For his accomplished career as an investor, businessman, and as an attorney. He is director and vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, chairman of the Daily Journal Corporation, a director of Costco Wholesale Corporation, and former chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation.
For his entrepreneurial leadership and transformative contributions to the development and commercialization of fail-safe embedded safety and security software for high-risk, high-value applications including commercial and military avionics, self-driving cars, and remotely controlled medical equipment.
The Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor the Institute bestows upon a graduate, and is given in recognition of "a particular achievement of noteworthy value, a series of such achievements, or a career of noteworthy accomplishment."
Living alumni who have attained any degree (BS, MS, Engineer's, or PhD) at Caltech may be considered eligible for this award. Graduates who currently are on the faculty or staff of Caltech are not eligible, with the exception of those who have achieved the rank of Emeritus/a Professor.
Members of the Institute’s Board of Trustees are not eligible until they have achieved the rank of Life Trustee. Selections are made by the President of Caltech based on recommendations from a committee comprising faculty, staff, and alumni; the President’s recommendations are confirmed by the Board of Trustees.
Since the award's inception in 1966, Caltech has recognized a total of 270 alumni as standouts in science, engineering, business and the arts.
The nomination cycle for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted nominations!
Recipients will be announced in May 2021.