Ride is the Ingrid and Joseph W. Hibben Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. Best known as the first American woman in space, Ride flew aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 and served on two additional shuttle crews as a NASA astronaut.
Her research interests center on the theory of nonlinear beam-wave interactions, primarily connected with free electron lasers and related nonlinear systems. She also conducts research at the California Space Institute at UCSD.
She is a strong supporter of science and math education for young women and has written three children's books about space. She has received numerous awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the National Spaceflight Medal. She holds a PhD in physics from Stanford University.
Lee cofounded the transcontinental telecommunications firm Global Crossing in March 1997. Recently, he left Global Crossing, where he continues to serve on the board, in order to cofound and become managing general partner of Clarity Partners, a venture capital firm.
Lee has established centers for Advanced Networking at Caltech and at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He serves on the board of overseers at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and on the board of New Focus, Inc.
Lee is a graduate of McGill University and holds a PhD in physics with a minor in economics from Caltech. He also is a Certified Public Accountant.
In addition to the new board members, Trustee Ben Rosen was named the new chair of the Board of Trustees. Rosen, the chairman emeritus of the board for Compaq Computer Corporation, earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Caltech in 1954 and has served as a Caltech trustee since 1986. He lives in New York City. He replaces Gordon Moore, chairman emeritus of Intel Corporation, who is stepping down as chair after seven years. Moore has been a Caltech Trustee since 1983 and will continue his service as a trustee.
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