As members of Caltech's Engineering Without Borders chapter, a group of Caltech undergraduates are working together this summer to build and implement a gravity flow and slow-sand water filtration system that could provide a reliable supply of clean water for about 100 households.
After serving the last six years as the dean of graduate studies, Joseph Shepherd (PhD '81), the C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and professor of mechanical engineering, is taking on a new leadership role as the vice president for student affairs.
A new class in bioengineering debuted this term at Caltech: "Exploring Biological Principles Through Bio-Inspired Design." On June 4, teams of two to three students presented their bioinspired creations to each other and to the professors, postdocs, and TAs who worked with them over the course of the term.
We recently spoke with Joseph E. Shepherd (PhD '81), dean of graduate studies and the C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and professor of mechanical engineering, about AGEP, the recent retreat, and Caltech's diversity initiatives.
In a new class called Design and Construction of Programmable Molecular Systems, students came together to study molecular programming, a young research field with huge potential for transforming all molecular sciences into information technology.
A Caltech/JPL/UC Santa Barbara team designed a robot to perform many of the same emergency procedures as a human first responder, and their final product finished fifth at the DARPA Robotics Challenge on June 5–6.
Leadership from Caltech and City of Hope and members of the public celebrated Caltech-City of Hope Biomedical Research Initiative, which provides seed grants to accelerate the development of basic scientific research and its translation into applications ranging from new pharmaceuticals to medical devices to treatment methods, at a special event on May 13.