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The 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Caltech recognizes four graduates who have become respected leaders in fields ranging from mathematics to artificial intelligence.

First presented in 1966, the awards recognize a particular achievement of noteworthy value, a series of such achievements, or a career of noteworthy accomplishment.

Ian Agol

(BS ’92, Mathematics)

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.

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Fei-Fei Li

(MS ’02, PhD ’05, Electrical Engineering)

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.

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Daniel O’Dowd

(BS ’76, Engineering & Applied Science)

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.

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Charles T. Munger

(Certificate ’44, Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited)

For his accomplished career as an investor, businessman, and attorney. He is partner 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.

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The 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards

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The 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards

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The 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Caltech recognizes four graduates who have become respected leaders in fields ranging from mathematics to artificial intelligence.

Mario Wagner

Caltech recognizes four graduates who have become respected leaders in fields ranging from mathematics to artificial intelligence.

First presented in 1966, the awards recognize a particular achievement of noteworthy value, a series of such achievements, or a career of noteworthy accomplishment.

Ian Agol

(BS ’92, Mathematics)

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.

Read more

Fei-Fei Li

(MS ’02, PhD ’05, Electrical Engineering)

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.

Read more

Daniel O’Dowd

(BS ’76, Engineering & Applied Science)

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.

Read more

Charles T. Munger

(Certificate ’44, Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited)

For his accomplished career as an investor, businessman, and attorney. He is partner 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.

Read more

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