TecherTalks

Caltech Alumni Speaker Panels

TecherTalks bring alumni back to campus to speak with current students about navigating careers and life after Caltech. These panels aim to showcase the diverse array of career opportunities open to Caltech grads.

The CAA hosts one TecherTalk with each Division over the course of the academic year. TecherTalks are open to all students and postdocs.

BBE TecherTalk

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EAS TecherTalk

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Questions? Email info@alumni.caltech.edu.

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Informatics Approach to Forecasting & Optimizing Batteries: Will Chueh

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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.

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My Summer Job at General Motors

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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.

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Wharton Alumni Climate Change Conference

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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.

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Conversations on Sustainability: A Smarter Electricity Grid

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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.

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How to Enhance Robot & Aerospace Control, Planning, and Navigation with Machine Learning & AI

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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.

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My Path to the Perkin Medal

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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.

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Neuroscience without neurons: From mechanical computing to perceptive machines

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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.

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Can We Stop Aging, and Should We Do It?

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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.

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Caltech Energy 10

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How do we cut U.S. global warming gas emissions in half by 2032?

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The Sustainability of Forests with Fewer Trees

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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.

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Caltech in Seattle: Join Caltech Alumnus Chris Diorio

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Join us for a conversation with Caltech alumnus Chris Diorio, CEO, Vice Chair, and Co-Founder at Impinj, Inc. Today, Chris is also an Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington and a Director of the RAIN RFID Alliance.

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Conversations on the Quantum World: Why Space Isn't What You Think It Is

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Magnify a digital picture enough times and you will discover the pixels that make up the image. Could the universe itself be pixelated, or "quantized"?

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Cryptocurrencies: A Scam, Our Savior, or Somewhere In Between?

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In Conversation with Sudhir Kumar Jain, PhD (MS' 80, PhD '83)

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2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Sudhir Kumar Jain, PhD (MS' 80, PhD '83), vice chancellor of Banaras Hindu University in India, is recognized for his lifesaving impact as India's preeminent earthquake engineer, for his research, advocacy, and establishment of training programs for engineers and of seismic building codes, and for his leadership in higher education. Jain has been an activist for earthquake safety who has undertaken numerous outreach activities.

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