On October 1, 2015, Caltech celebrated the launch of Engineers Week with a panel discussion on diversity and how engineers are making a world of difference. The launch was designed to energize planning of programs and events to celebrate the accomplishments of engineers as well as to inspire the next generation during Engineers Week, which will be February 21–26, 2016.
On September 1, Guruswami Ravichandran, the John E. Goode, Jr., Professor of Aerospace and professor of mechanical engineering, will become the new chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science.
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.
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.
Conservation scientists and materials scientists use the same methods to work toward very different ends: conservation scientists study the treasures of the past, whereas materials scientists create the everyday stock of the future. Professor Faber does both.
A sponsored research agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation will provide Caltech up to $17.5 million over three years for the development of the Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI), to enable a space-based solar power system.
Caltech seniors Adam Jermyn and Charles Tschirhart have been named 2015 Hertz Fellowship winners. Selected from a pool of approximately 800 applicants, the awardees will receive up to five years of support for their graduate studies.