News articles tagged with "education"

03/13/2015 11:28:11
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
A new opportunity for science educators helps teachers adapt to new standards while bringing Caltech research into local schools.
03/22/2011 07:00:00
Dave Zobel

Sure, that lab breakthrough has impressed your colleagues and won you a MacArthur; but how do you turn it into something people will queue up to buy? "it won't sell itself," insists visiting professor of mechanical engineering Ken Pickar. In his course Entrepreneurial Development, Caltech students learn what goes into starting up a start-up. "'If you build it, they will come'? Hardly. First you identify your markets, assess risks, and strategize. Begin to build a great company. Then maybe they'll come."

03/11/2011 08:00:00
Kathy Svitil

Congratulations to Chris Hallacy, Brad Saund, and Janet Chen for their victory March 8 in the 26th annual ME 72 engineering design competition. This year's theme: "Extreme Recycling." The mission: Design, build, and deploy two vehicles and traverse difficult terrain (water, sand, rocks, and wood chips, with one type of terrain in each of four different 6' x 10' boxes) to collect plastic water bottles, aluminum cans, and steel cans.

01/26/2011 00:00:00
Lori Oliwenstein
Caltech has announced the creation of the Ronald and Maxine Linde Institute of Economic and Management Sciences. The initiative will bring together the best scientific minds and the best quantitative business practices, permitting a distinctive and targeted educational opportunity for Caltech's students and providing cutting-edge research opportunities for Caltech's faculty.
12/10/2010 16:00:00
Dave Zobel

Ken Pickar's class, "Product Design for the Developing World," challenges Caltech students to solve some basic problems of the world's poor. The catch: in ten weeks, they must turn rough concepts into workable designs, including financial and market assessments. On December 7, this year's students presented their results. Their visual aids included a typically Caltech-like hodgepodge of pipes, motors, and fans—but as Pickar reminded the audience, "Prototypes aren't supposed to be elegant. They're supposed to be crude and quick."

08/06/2010 07:00:00
Barbara DiPalma

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. Thanks to the Innovation in Education Fund, lively new alternatives to traditional introductory classes are being added to the course offerings, and advanced courses with up-to-the-moment topics are being designed as well.

12/16/2009 08:00:00
Heidi Aspaturian

How would Jehoshua “Shuki” Bruck sum up his success as a teacher in just three words? “I love ignorance,” declares the exuberant winner of Caltech’s 2008 Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

08/04/2009 07:00:00
Jon Weiner

Caltech alumnus Shang-Li “S.L.” Huang and his wife have pledged $1 million to Caltech to endow the Shang-Li and Betty Huang Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund in Mechanical Engineering.

08/07/2008 07:00:00
Jacqueline Scahill
The California Institute of Technology recently announced new awardees for three long-standing programs aimed at increasing diversity in science, engineering, and technology fields. The programs include the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF); MURF, a summer fellowship for undergraduates around the country to conduct research at Caltech; and the Young Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS). Caltech recently selected the awardees for each of these programs.
06/06/2008 07:00:00
elisabeth nadin
Zhen-Gang Wang favors the tried-and-true chalkboard for his classroom lectures on thermodynamics and polymer physics. The clarity of these lessons and the admiration of his students have won him this year's Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the California Institute of Technology.
01/29/2008 08:00:00
elisabeth nadin
Did you know that it takes about the energy found in 1.4 liters of gasoline to make a cheese pizza? The energy cost of producing food is one focus the California Institute of Technology will take as it participates in a nationwide effort to engage schools in global-warming solutions.
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