Fredric ("Fred") Raichlen, professor emeritus of civil and mechanical engineering in Caltech's Division of Engineering and Applied Science, passed away on December 13, 2014. He was an expert in coastal engineering whose pioneering studies of tsunami mechanics have led to standards for designing tsunami-resistant structures that have saved lives around the world.
This year's commencement speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning energy expert Daniel Yergin, came to campus a day early to get better acquainted with Caltech's faculty and students, and in particular to learn more about Caltech's energy initiatives.
Caltech researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have devised a way to protect technologically important semiconductors from corrosion even as the materials continue to absorb light efficiently.
A new $15 million gift by Lynda and Stewart Resnick in support of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech will help scientists and engineers advance research aimed at helping humanity sustainably meet its needs.
The AAAS has elected three Caltech faculty members—John Brady, Kenneth Farley, and Fiona Harrison—as fellows. Also named to the academy was Katherine T. Faber, who will be joining the Caltech faculty in July.
Today's Earth Week feature highlights three cross-disciplinary research centers where Caltech scientists and engineers collaborate on projects that will have a positive impact on energy, the environment, and Earth's sustainable future.
As the final element of Evolution, Caltech's new Bi/Ge 105 course, a dozen students spent their spring break snorkeling with penguins and sharks, hiking a volcano, and otherwise taking in the natural laboratory for evolution that is the Galápagos Islands.
Caltech joins the world in celebrating Earth Week, April 21–25, 2014, with events, news, and features highlighting our past, present, and future contributions to a healthier, cleaner, and greener planet.