Featured Gifts

Kent and Joyce Kresa Endow Leadership Chair for Caltech's Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy

The unrestricted $10 million endowment for PMA will generate funds to give the division chair agility to respond immediately when singular opportunities arise.

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Historic Investment by Ronald and Maxine Linde Fuels Current and Future Caltech Priorities

In one of the largest acts of philanthropy in Caltech's history, Ron (MS '62, PhD '64) and Maxine Linde have pledged at least $50 million to the Institute. Their gift, structured to provide Caltech with flexibility to address emerging priorities, creates an endowment without a specific permanent designation. In this way, the Lindes' newest contribution, like many of the couple's previous gifts to Caltech, is earmarked to advance promising initiatives in their early stages.

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Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair Provides Vital Unrestricted Funding for Caltech

Thanks to the generosity of alumnus and senior trustee William (Bill) Davidow (MS '59) and his wife, Sonja, Caltech's president has funds at the ready to apply wherever they will have the most impact. The Davidow Chair provides a discretionary fund that the president can use to leverage time-sensitive opportunities ranging from innovative early-stage research to faculty recruitment, visiting scholar programs, and expanded academic offerings.

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Larson Provostial Chair Comes with a Few Pages out of Caltech History

When Carl Larson (BS '52) and his wife, Shirley, endowed a leadership chair for Caltech's provost, they added an extra bonus linked to the Institute's legacy: a signed first-edition copy of the autobiography of Nobel laureate and Caltech cofounder Robert Andrews Millikan and a wooden stand, handcrafted by Carl, to hold the book. The endowment will provide a source of flexible funding that the current provost and his successors can use at their discretion to quickly address emerging priorities and seize opportunities that will help move the Institute's research and educational programs forward.

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The Sky Is the Limit: $7.8 Million Gift to Caltech Will Support Aerospace Innovation

Through three gifts to Caltech's Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS), investor and philanthropist Foster Stanback and his wife, Coco, aim to help the Institute advance innovation in space exploration, with the attendant benefits of an educated workforce, skilled jobs, and spinoff technologies.

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A New View into Cardiovascular Disease

Caltech's Mory Gharib—an expert in cardiac mechanics and bioinspired medical devices—is developing a new method and device for easy, low-cost, and early diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases.

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Materials that Change on Demand

Caltech aerospace engineer Dennis Kochmann, who works on the modeling and fabrication of novel materials, is using Caltech Innovation Initiative support to design materials whose performance can be altered on demand.

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A New Device to Advance Glaucoma Research and Treatment

Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness, affects some 70 million people, including four million Americans. With Caltech Innovation Initiative seed funds, Caltech electrical engineer Hyuck Choo is developing a device that could accelerate progress on glaucoma research in addition to helping patients monitor their own optical health.

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A New Way to Replace Damaged or Missing Cells

When certain cells in our bodies are missing or nonfunctional, the only current options are to treat the symptoms with drugs or try to acquire transplants. But what if cells in our own bodies could be transformed to take on the missing functions?

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Scholarships Help Caltech Undergraduate Make a Difference

Like most Techers, Mario Zubia had his pick of the nation's top schools when he was applying to college. He was a gifted high school student, excelling in math and science.

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A $10 million gift from the Sackler Foundation Advances Biomedical Science Research

An endowment established by the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation will strengthen a highly productive partnership between Caltech and UCLA, with the aim of furthering cancer research and other areas of biomedicine.

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Stephen Mayo Named Inaugural Bowes Division Chair

The William K. Bowes, Jr., Foundation, based in San Francisco, endowed the new division leadership chair with a $5 million gift, supplemented by an additional $2.5 million provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Matching Program.

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Jonathan Katz Named Caltech's Inaugural Kay Sugahara Professor

The Sugahara family endowed a new professorial chair with a $2 million gift in honor of the late Kay Sugahara, a civic leader and entrepreneur who built the worldwide shipping and oil-services business Fairfield-Maxwell Ltd. 

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S. D. Bechtel, Jr., Foundation Gives $25 Million to Enrich Campus Life, Outreach Programs

With an interest in enhancing the living and learning environment, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr., Foundation has pledged $25 million to support campus-life and outreach programs.

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Associates' Innovation Fund Keeps Caltech Education Lively

Caltech undergrads all take the same core curriculum—which includes five courses each of physics and math, among other daunting requirements—no matter what field they'll later specialize in. But thanks to the Caltech Associates' support of an Innovation in Education Fund, lively new alternatives to traditional introductory classes have been added to the course offerings. 

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