Life at Caltech
Even our most reliable ideas about how the universe works break down in certain domains. They can’t account for the weirdness of quantum mechanics or the recursive chaos of fractals. Hungry for answers, many researchers—including one Caltech undergraduate and her faculty mentor—aim to come up with a better explanation.
Harold Brown Professor of Physics, Emeritus; Director, Spitzer Science Center
After nearly five decades at Caltech, Tom Soifer is still smiling. The former Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair of the division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy continues to advance our understanding of the universe by hunting for dust-obscured galaxies—DOGs—where others can’t see.
Graduate Student in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
Manuel Razo Mejia
Caltech graduate student Manuel Razo Mejia wants to predict how evolution occurs in organisms ranging from microbes to humans. Until recently, evolution has been considered a random process, but Razo Mejia believes we might detect certain patterns by applying the principles of physics and mathematics.
Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry
Caltech surprised chemist and neurobiologist Linda Hsieh-Wilson when she arrived as a new professor in 2000. The unusually interactive campus felt like a community, even a family.
Like many who come to Caltech to learn and explore, undergraduate Damien Bérubé dreams of changing the world with science and engineering. But his personal vision—the force that drives him in the classroom, the lab, and beyond—is an uncommon one.
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As you leave Caltech, you take with you two extraordinary possessions:
France Cordova at commencement: "I came here to be a scientist. I let nothing stop me."