PMA TecherTalk

Join us for a TecherTalk to hear firsthand accounts from alumni navigating their careers and lives after Caltech.

Thursday, April 4
5:15 – 6:15 PM, Linde Hall, Room 310
6:15 – 7 PM, Linde Hall, 3rd Floor Lounge

This program is brought to you by the Caltech Alumni Association and the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy.
All students and postdocs are welcome to attend.

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Dagny Atencio Looper (BS ’04 Astrophysics, Fleming)

Black Sunday Pictures

Science Consultant
“Strange Angel,” CBS All Access

Originally from Arkansas, Dagny Atencio Looper studied artificial intelligence at the Research Science Institute at M.I.T. and received her BS in astrophysics at Caltech, where she studied extrasolar planets. While in college, she captained a microgravity flight experiment onboard NASA's KC-135 jet. She went on to get her PhD at the Institute for Astronomy in Hawai'i, studying brown dwarfs. While in graduate school she fell in love with filmmaking and went on to get her MFA in directing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She now works as a TV writer on sci-fi and historical science-based shows.

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Serina Diniega (BS ’03 MAth, Page)

Scientist/Systems Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

After graduating from Caltech with her BS in Mathematics, Serina Diniega received her PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona where she explored dune and dune field pattern formation on the Earth and Mars. As a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she looked into how lava flow dynamics evolve and form surface features on lava flows on the Earth, Mars, and Venus. She now works for the Europa Mission and the development of the Mars Exploration Program, as well as studying present-day gully and dune evolution on Mars. In addition to her research, she prioritizes encouraging students -- especially minority students -- and the general public in STEM studies. She has taught or mentored a wide variety of students (K-12 and undergraduate) in math, geology, and planetary science topics and research projects. 

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Becky Tucker (MS ’12, PhD ’14 physics)

Senior Data Scientist

Becky Tucker is a Senior Data Scientist at Netflix, where she works on the Studio Science & Analytics team. Her work at Netflix has included analytics and machine learning and she is currently excited to be diving into Bayesian modeling and probabilistic programming. Prior to her work at Netflix, Becky received a PhD in Physics from Caltech, where she studied Observational Cosmology.

Moderated by
Nick Hutzler (BS ’07 MA, Ricketts)
Assistant Professor of Physics

Nick Hutzler is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Caltech where his lab performs precise measurements in atomic/molecular/optical systems to search for new particles and forces. The lab uses lasers to control atoms and molecules for table-top experiments in fundamental nuclear and particle physics, by using and developing techniques that also have applications to quantum information, computation, and many-body systems. Nick earned his BS in Mathematics from Caltech, then received his AM and PhD in Physics from Harvard University in 2009 and 2014, respectively.