Global sea level rise is one of the major environmental challenges of the 21st century. As lead scientist for multiple NASA JPL projects, Josh Willis and team are addressing this urgent problem from above and below.
Restoring heavily overstocked forests in the western U.S. to reduce wildfire severity has many co-benefits for water supply, hydropower, habitat, recreation, carbon storage, and more.
From the UNESCO sites at Luxor and Giza to the engineering marvel of Aswan High Dam, see the wonders of ancient and modern Egypt on this 10-day land and cruise excursion. An Egyptologist will be available to answer all your questions as you explore the sites together.
In a fireside chat, Anirvan Ghosh will discuss with Caltech senior Andy Tong the science behind the aging headlines and how aging research could impact our lives.
Join Andrea Ghez, PhD (MS '89, PhD '92), 2020 Nobel Laureate and 2012 Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, on this cruise t0 Chile and Argentina, featuring exclusive, private visits to some of the world’s most advanced observatories and telescopes.
Electronics continue to shrink in size to grow in capability, speed, and efficiency. The devices that power society now rely on components engineered at the nanoscale. At such small scales, quantum effects begin to take over, exerting a powerful influence on how materials work. Industry professionals turn to physicists for answers about these seemingly confounding but critically important effects. In this event, experimental physicist Nai-Chang Yeh will share insights on what quantum materials are and why we can expect them in all our future technologies.
Caltech physicist Spiros Michalakis and Hollywood screenwriter Ed Solomon will chat with Caltech science writer (and science fiction devotee) Whitney Clavin about how they collaborate to make science shine in film and television scripts, and the many similarities between the creative and scientific processes. Learn how core quantum concepts like entanglement can inform out-there cinematic concepts from time travel to the multiverse.
People age 50 and older account for over 50% of consumer spending in the US and 83% of household wealth. These numbers are expected to grow significantly due to a combination of increased longevity and the aging of the baby boomer generation. This is the largest and one of the fastest growing business opportunities both in the US and worldwide. Many business managers and entrepreneurs, however, do not consider the over-50 demographic in their plans, and those that do often do not understand how best to design products and services for this group. It is a huge missed-opportunity.
Prior to the evolution of the nervous system or neurons, in the precambrian times, soft-bodied animals crawling the planet possibly relied on chemo-mechanical modes of information processing. This talk will explore principles and limits of mechanical computing, building on our work on physical computation implemented in drops/bubbles and other soft materials. Through our work, we have discovered how complex behavior is encoded in unicellular protists and flat “simple” animals without neurons.
Experience the raw beauty, wildlife, and unparalleled natural wonders on this exceptional adventure. See the grand cascades of Victoria Falls, follow in Mandela’s footsteps on Robben Island, and see untamed wilderness from aboard the elegant Rovos Rail. Experience South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe on this remarkable luxury safari tour.
Immerse yourself in the world of jazz in Montmartre, cruise on the Seine, and experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site and tour the architectural and cultural institution – the Musée du quai Branly. Caltech Professor Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, PhD (PhD ’88) will join you on special tours highlighting the influence of African American expatriates on Parisian life and culture.
Tour medieval Germany, explore Bratislava and Budapest, and marvel at the incredible beauty of the Rhine Gorge and Wachau Valley while on an exclusively chartered first-class ship through three of Europe’s most prolific rivers and engineering wonders.
The Perkin Medal is considered the highest honor in American industrial chemistry. It has been awarded annually over the past 115 years to a recipient chosen by the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Chemical Industry, and the Science History Institute. In this talk, Dr. Jane Frommer will describe some of the lessons learned at chosen points along the path, often surprising until the underlying chemistry is revealed.
One common theme of our research projects at Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST) is to systematically leverage AI and Machine Learning (ML) towards achieving safe and stable autonomy of robotic and aerospace systems, such as spacecraft swarms and drones.
Quantum effects are usually thought to be too delicate to manifest in the macroscopic world. However, recent physics breakthroughs have revealed that, in carefully engineered materials, such as metals, insulators, or magnets, quantum effects not only show up but also fundamentally change the way these materials behave. In this lecture, Professor Xie Chen will cover superconductivity, topological order, and a range of phenomena in quantum matters that may hold unprecedented power for quantum computers and even for our fundamental understanding of the universe.
The Caltech Alumni Association Annual Meeting via Zoom is scheduled for 6:00pm (PT) on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, where CAA will announce the Honorary CAA member and the new Board slate. CAA will post this information on the website after the Annual Meeting. Registration required.
The ballot packages include thorough instructions for voters. Following the guidelines set by the Bylaws, ballots must to ARRIVE at Alumni House (or the vendor contracted to receive ballots on behalf of CAA) by 6:00 PM Pacific Time, November 18, 2021, to be counted. Alumni can return ballots by postage-paid return mail (USPS) or in person.
The events of 9/11 spurred Caltech Professor Julia A. Kornfield’s research team to begin researching polymers that, when added to fuels like gasoline, minimize the risk of explosion when ignited. These polymers, known as megasupramolecules, change the way liquid fuels flow and could help reduce fatalities and injuries from plane crashes, auto accidents, and IED attacks on the battlefield.
This October 18 marks the kickoff of the 4-day Wharton Club of the National Capital Region (WCNCR) Climate Change Conference, and with the help of its hosts, including the Wharton Risk Center, Wharton Clubs across the nation, and ColumbiaDC, we invite all Caltech alumni to attend virtually and free of cost. Some of the best minds in the world—including our own Caltech alumnus Dr. Brian Von Herzen, Director of the Climate Foundation—will be discussing climate change adaptation, mitigation, restoration, and climate change investment opportunities.
Electrical engineer Steven Low and computer scientist Adam Wierman speak with science writer Emily Velasco about ways to reimagine an electric grid that incorporates renewable, intermittent energy sources, such as solar and wind, while meeting today’s power demands. Presented by the Caltech Science Exchange.
Join 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Dr. Laurie Leshin (MS '89, PhD '95) in conversation with fellow DAA recipient Sandra Tsing Loh (BS ’83). President Thomas F. Rosenbaum will give opening remarks. President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Laurie Leshin (MS '89, PhD '95), is lauded "for her barrier-breaking leadership at universities such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which has been recognized for both teaching and research excellence and essential strides in diversity, equity, and inclusion under her guidance as the first woman to serve as president; and for her accomplishments as a distinguished geochemist and space scientist."
Join 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Dr. Charles Elachi (MS ’69, PhD ’71) in conversation with president Thomas F. Rosenbaum. Caltech professor emeritus of electrical engineering and planetary science, Charles Elachi (MS '69, PhD '71), is recognized "for his distinguished leadership in space exploration and planetary science as the longtime director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was instrumental to realizing missions across the solar system including our own planet Earth, and for his many contributions helping to map out NASA's long-term scientific future."
Plastics are ubiquitous materials in every sector of modern society due to their versatility, light-weight, diverse and tunable properties, and often low cost. In this talk, Yan Xia will present several unusual types of plastics developed in my lab at Stanford, including degradable polymers that could replace the environmentally-persistent plastics, molecular-sieving membranes for energy efficient chemical separations, and mechanically responsive polymers that sense, respond, and transform under stress.
Join Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and 2021 Distinguished Alumna Barbara Burger (PhD ’87), who will be in conversation via Zoom with Sandra Tsing Loh (BS ’83).
Kent Kresa was on the GM Board for 10 years when he was tapped by the Obama Administration in January 2009 to become Chairman of that Board and lead the company thru bankruptcy proceedings sponsored by the Government. In this talk, he will describe the reasons it happened, who played major roles in the activity and outcome, and some of the lessons learned. The process took only 40 days even though it was the fourth largest emergence from bankruptcy ever accomplished in America.
The vast design space and long lifetime of batteries have limited the speed of innovations at the materials, cell, and systems level. In this talk, Will Chueh will share his efforts at Stanford to dramatically accelerate the pace of research and development for lithium-ion batteries by hybridizing physics-based and data-driven approaches.
Hailed by Forbes as the "next physics rock star," Caltech planetary science professor Konstantin Batygin (MS '10, PhD '12) is also a prolific musician who, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, actively performed with his band, The Seventh Season.
Join Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Dan O’Dowd (BS ’76) for a lively exploration of why most security software is ineffective and options for making things better.
Hear about cutting-edge investigations from alumni and researchers across campus and JPL during this once-a-year opportunity to connect with Caltech scientists and engineers who are transforming science and society.
Chang Prize recipient Niv Karthikeyan (BS '20) hosts a panel Caltech staff, faculty, and alumni to offer reflections on their personal histories of organizing, agitating, and advocating on campus in the name of social justice.
We set out to plan a special itinerary for the Caltech Alumni Association that combines beautiful walks with an emphasis on the cooking and culinary traditions of the Amalfi peninsula.
Caltech professor Rob Phillips and some of his students in New Zealand to explore a tropical rainforest…at the foot of a glacier.
The tradition of Seminar Day continues! Join your global network of alumni for a live, virtual experience featuring Caltech's cutting-edge research and the many alumni and faculty behind the breakthroughs.
Join Caltech alumnus Edray Goins, PhD (BS ’94) and former Caltech postdoctoral scholar Jim Gates, PhD for a discussion addressing challenges facing traditionally underrepresented populations in math and physics.