Albert D. "Bud" Wheelon, a life member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), passed away at his home in Montecito, California, on September 27. He was 84 years old.
With a $10 million gift, the Los Angeles–based Otis Booth Foundation has created and endowed the Otis Booth Leadership Chair for the Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) at Caltech. This endowment will provide a permanent source of funds to foster novel research ventures and educational programs.
Entrepreneur Kevin M. Taweel has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Taweel is cofounder and chairman of Asurion, the world's largest provider of technology protection services.
Aerospace leader David W. Thompson (MS '78) has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology. A National Medal of Technology–winner, Thompson founded Orbital Sciences Corporation four years after he graduated from Caltech with a degree in aeronautics.