Caltech alumna Marie Csete ( PhD '00) hosted students for dinner at her home for our first Dinner with Techers event in October, 2017.

Caltech alumna Marie Csete ( PhD '00) hosted students for dinner at her home for our first Dinner with Techers event in October, 2017.

Dinner with Techers pairs students with Caltech alumni for small, intimate lunch or dinner parties. The goal of this unique program is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to make connections with alumni in an informal, welcoming, and inclusive community setting.

Participating students get a chance to share a good meal and conversation with fellow Techers while networking with alumni, establishing connections beyond their immediate peer or academic groups, and experience the broader Caltech community. 

Alumni hosts get the chance to engage with some current Caltech students on a deeper level and act as role models by sharing their life experiences with students as well as their advice on  how to succeed at Caltech and beyond. It is meant as a way for students to get to know alumni outside the classroom, learn from alumni about their transition from Caltech to their careers, and receive advice on life at (and after) Caltech.

This program is sponsored by the Caltech Alumni Association, and is one of many ways we strive to bridge the gap between students and alumni. 


Students – sign up to participate by clicking on one of the links below! 

To give all students a chance to participate in this new program, we ask that you sign up for no more than one Dinner with Techers event per term and honor your commitment to attend the event you registered for.

Upcoming Dinners:

April 25 @ 6:00 PM
Hosted by Caltech alumna Louise Kirkbride (Founder of Answers Systems and Broad Daylight; BS ’75, MS ’76)
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April 25 @ 6:00 PM
Hosted by Caltech alumnus Robert Wieting (Chief Technology Officer with Stion Corporation; BS ’74)
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April 27  @ 6:00 PM
Hosted by Caltech alumna Leslie Lippard (Associate Director with Genentech’s Research and Early Development Portfolio and Pipeline Planning Group; BS ’85, Physics)
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April 28 @ 5:45 PM
Hosted by Caltech alumni Sandy Ottensmann (Director, Service Marketing and DBS at Beckman Coulter, a Danaher Company; BS ’05, Chemistry) and Nick Van Buer (Assistant Professor of Geology at Cal Poly Pomona; BS ’05, Geology)
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April 28 @ 6:00 PM
Hosted by Caltech alumna Tashica Williams Amirgholizadeh (Corporate Counsel, IP Litigation for Gilead Sciences, Inc; PhD ’04, Chemistry)
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Stay tuned for future openings!

Questions? Check out our FAQs.


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Sign up to host Caltech students for lunch or dinner!

Dinner with Techers gives you a chance to meet with current Caltech students and share your advice and perspectives on life after Caltech. By signing up, you are providing students with the unique opportunity to speak with someone who knows what it was like to be a student at Caltech and meet alumni in a warm and welcoming setting. Students also appreciate the chance to enjoy a meal and conversation with you.

To participate in the Dinner with Techers program, all you have to do is agree to host a meal for 4-6 current Caltech students at your home or at a restaurant near campus on a date and time of your choosing. The Caltech Alumni Association will take care of inviting students to participate and identify a student facilitator to help coordinate logistics. 

The cost of your meal may be tax deductible and qualify as a donation to Caltech. Please confer with your tax advisor and keep your receipt. By submitting a completed event form with your receipt, it allows us to track participation and count your support as part of alumni giving to Caltech. 

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Dinner with Techers program! Before hosting, please review our guidelines and FAQs. If you have any further questions about the program, feel free to contact us at any time.


    Questions? Email Isabelle Wright, Manager – Student Programs, Student to Alumni Continuum, at iwright@caltech.edu.