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07/12/2019

New Director, Career Development Center

To the Campus Community:

I’m excited to announce that Claire Ralph has been appointed as the new Director of the Career Development Center.

Claire has been at Caltech since the summer of 2016 working for the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science as its founding Director of the CMS/EE Outreach and Partnerships Program, as well as a lecturer teaching a variety of CMS classes along with being a faculty advisor to the Women in CMS program. During her time, Claire has built from the ground up a highly respected program that has transformed how CMS/EE provides opportunities for startups and companies to meaningfully engage with students, connect with research, and support educational and outreach efforts. In fact, many of her programs have also helped address the specific and diverse needs of historically underrepresented STEM students (minority, female and low-income students) in their own career path, mentorship, and research.

Before coming to Caltech, Claire was the Founder and Director of Code for Princeton in Princeton, NJ, as well as a Computer Science Research Institute Fellow at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, NM. Originally from New Mexico, Claire earned B.S. degrees in Pure Mathematics and Chemistry, along with a minor in Biology, from the University of New Mexico. She later received an M.S. in Theoretical Chemistry from Cornell University.

In her new role, Claire will be responsible for providing innovative and strategic vision, leadership, and direction for the Career Development Center. In collaboration with deans, faculty, students, alumni, and a variety of other internal and external stakeholders, she will seek to build new opportunities and strengthen current collaborations that will provide all students and postdocs with the guidance, mentorship, and resources needed to launch their professional endeavors. Claire will also retain her lecturer status so that she may continue to connect with students in the classroom.

Please join me in welcoming Claire to her new role starting July 15th!

Sincerely,

Jarrid J. Whitney

Assistant Vice President for Students Affairs, Enrollment and Career Services

07/01/2019

Performing Arts Tickets on Sale on July 8

Tickets for the 2019-2020 series of Performing Arts events go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 8th.

Significant discounts are available for the Caltech family!

  • $5 off each adult ticket for members of the campus/JPL family. This includes campus/JPL faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees, and members of the Caltech Associates.
  • Caltech students may purchase tickets for $5 each with a current Caltech ID.

Performances include:

  • Grammy-nominated vocalist Perla Batalla with a tribute to Leonard Cohen
  • Naturally 7, the "best a-cappella band worldwide" according to Quincy Jones
  • Kiran Ahluwalia, with music from Punjabi folk and Indian classical to refreshingly original borderless songs
  • Actress Kres Mersky in her acclaimed one-woman show The Life and Times of A. Einstein
  • Beijing/LDTX Contemporary Dance Company, China’s first officially registered private professional contemporary dance company, featuring dancers from cities throughout China
  • Americana and world music with Celtic roots from Grammy Award-winning fiddler Eileen Ivers and the Universal Roots band
  • The Capitol Steps, back with a new show featuring political satire straight from the headlines
  • Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus, a family show which reinvents the composer’s magical music in a skillful and illuminating show featuring dexterous daredevil artists and an accordionist

Download the season brochure (see page 20 for additional discount information), or visit events.caltech.edu for more information.

03/22/2019

New Faculty in Residence Appointed

We are excited to announce the appointment of two new Faculty in Residence (FIR), effective April 1, 2019.

Konstantin Batygin, Assistant Professor of Planetary Science and Van Nuys Page Scholar, and his family will join the FIR team in Avery House.

Laura Doval, Assistant Professor of Economics, and her husband will join the FIR team in Bechtel Residence.

Please join us in congratulating Profs. Batygin and Doval in their new role and in welcoming their families to Caltech.

Joseph E. Shepherd, Vice President for Student Affairs
Antonio Rangel, Head Faculty in Residence

03/04/2019

Caltech Teams with Northrop Grumman to Deliver Airworthiness Certificate Program

Northrop Grumman Corporation has engaged Caltech to deliver an innovative six-day program in Airworthiness Fundamentals, designed to help build capabilities for the company's aerospace engineers.

Today's aircraft—civil, military, manned, and unmanned—are increasingly complex and evolving more rapidly than ever before. As innovation in connected platforms, unmanned aircraft systems, and autonomy accelerates, there is a corresponding elevation in risk that requires thoughtful design for high-quality aircraft trusted to complete their missions and return safely.

"Caltech has developed an airworthiness fundamentals professional program that is timely and tailored to bring the right big-picture perspectives to seasoned engineers as well as professionals early in their career." said Doug Davis, Director of the Office of Independent Airworthiness for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "This six-day program can be offered where and when we need it, and it is flexible enough to allow for both US civil and military needs, while also being adaptable for Europe and other international regulatory environments. Northrop Grumman is committed to providing multiple educational opportunities for our employees to help them obtain the airworthiness skills necessary for our company to be the most trusted provider of systems and technologies, with the goal of supporting global security."

"This new program extends our decades-long relationship with Northrop Grumman. We've educated nearly 4,000 Northrop Grumman participants in our professional programs," said Dr. Rick Hefner, program director for Caltech's Center for Technology and Management Education (CTME). "Airworthiness is scalable to other aerospace markets and products. It’s modular enough to couple with other certificate programs in our portfolio, including systems engineering, cybersecurity, agile hardware, predictive analytics, product development, operations/supply chain, innovation, and leadership." Northrop Grumman management nominates high-performing engineering professionals to join seasonal cohorts in attending the Caltech program, which can be delivered at the company's locations throughout the US.

The new Certificate in Airworthiness Engineering is conferred by CTME, the professional education arm of the Institute, which customizes learning programs to meet the challenges of technology-driven companies.

CTME is embedded in Caltech's Engineering and Applied Science Division, which includes seven departments: the Graduate Aerospace Laboratory (GALCIT), Applied Physics and Materials Science, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, and the Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering.

02/21/2019

Caltech Science for March - Volunteers and Speakers Needed

 

Caltech Science for March

This free event, organized by the Caltech Postdoc Association; the Graduate Student Council; the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach; and Theater Arts at Caltech will feature more than 50 interactive booths, TED-style science talks, and other activities. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Science for March aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

For more information, visit scienceformarch.sites.caltech.edu.

Check below the different ways you can be part of this event

1) You can register and attend the event with your family and friends!
2) You can present an outreach booth
3) You can give a 10-15 min outreach/TED style talk about your research/field of knowledge.
4) You can sign up to volunteer to help run another group's booth, coordinate during event, set-up, clean-up.

 

The event is on Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10 a.m. at Beckman Mall.

Contact Caltech Postdoctoral Association, Eugenia Khorosheva  cpa@caltech.edu 
For more information see Caltech Science for March 2019
 

 

02/13/2019

Rick Steves Live

Public television host and author Rick Steves will discuss some of his recent travels to Europe, Guatemala, and Ethiopia.

The event will be Sunday, February 17, 4 p.m., at Beckman Auditorium.

02/08/2019

Totem Submissions Open Now through March 31

Totem, Caltech's literary and visual arts magazine, is now accepting submissions for the 2019 issue. Email your submission to totem@caltech.edu by March 31st. 

Anyone affiliated with Caltech can submit poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, or art for consideration in the 2019 issue of Totem by emailing totem@caltech.edu before 11:59 pm on March 31. Submissions to the Art of Science contest will also be considered for publication in the 2019 issue of Totem magazine.

Please see http://totem.caltech.edu for more information! 

Please direct all questions and comments to totem@caltech.edu.

10/09/2018

Hiring Undergraduate Work-Study Students

The Financial Aid Office and the Career Development Center are working together to expand the Federal Work-Study program. The goal is to provide students with more job opportunities and the Caltech Community with additional student staff at very low cost.

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program of financial assistance for eligible students that is jointly-funded by federal and departmental contributions. It allows students to work to earn a portion of their college expenses.  The Department of Education allocates funds to Caltech to pay 75% of the wages of work-study students so hiring offices only pay the remaining 25% of the wages. Some students have been awarded Caltech Work-Study, in these cases the cost sharing breakdown is 60%-40% Institute and departmental contributions.

If you are interested in hiring a work-study student, create an account and start posting your jobs now!

Instructions on how to post a job are available in the Supervisor Guide. Once you have hired a work-study student, please consult the Supervisor Guide for general guidelines on working with work-study students. Should you have any questions regarding the work-study program, please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office at x6280.

09/14/2018

Convocation 2018 – Sunday, September 23

To:          The Caltech Community
From:    Joseph E. Shepherd, Vice President for Student Affairs;
              Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Student Affairs;
              C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Date:     September 17, 2018
Re:         Convocation 2018 – Sunday, September 23

I invite you to attend Caltech's annual convocation ceremony held on Sunday, September 23, at 3:00 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium. The event offers a warm welcome and introduction to the Institute for new undergraduate students, their family and friends, new graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.

The program includes greetings from President Rosenbaum, and a brief introduction to student life at Caltech inside and outside of the classroom. A special feature this year will be a presentation on Caltech's Performing and Visual Arts with performances featuring postdocs Sandra Koenig and Rajib Schubert, graduate student Matteo Ronchi, and undergraduate students Tara Porter and Sara Fish. Performances will highlight some of the activities that are available and the positive impact the experience of participating in performing and visual arts has had on their time at Caltech.

Your presence will add to this event's importance for the new members of our academic community and their families. I hope that you will be able to attend.

09/11/2018

New Head Faculty in Residence Appointed

To: The Campus Community
From: Joseph E. Shepherd, PhD '81
           Vice President for Student Affairs;
           C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering;
           and Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair
Date: September 12, 2018
Re: New Head Faculty in Residence Appointed


I'm pleased to announce Antonio Rangel, Bing Professor of Neuroscience, Behavioral Biology, and Economics, as the new Head Faculty in Residence (Head FIR) effective August 1, 2018.

The Head FIR is a professorial faculty member whose goal is to foster an environment within the residences that promotes informal interactions between faculty and students, opportunities for learning, and a sense of community that extends beyond the classroom and laboratory. In addition, the Head FIR will mentor new Faculty in Residence (FIR) and will help grow the FIR program in coordination with Student Affairs.

Prof. Rangel earned his B.S. at Caltech and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He joined Caltech in 2006 in the Division of Humanities and Social Science and was appointed as a FIR in 2015. Over the past three years, he has demonstrated his aptitude and capability as the FIR in Avery House. Since February 2018, he has also chaired the Advisory Committee on Residential Life (ACRL). In his capacity as both a FIR and chair, Prof. Rangel has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the residential experience at Caltech.

Please join me in congratulating Prof. Rangel on his new role.

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