Caltech senior Andrew Romine isn’t just majoring in chemistry and business, economics, and management. He also majors in creativity. Because of Caltech’s small size and favorable proportion of graduate students to undergraduates, Romine built a close relationship with the members of a small group of researchers in a lab that was practically his second home.
Kent Kresa was a college student when Earth’s very first satellite was launched into space. Today, his support helps Caltech launch innovations to better understand the entire universe. Much has changed since he first grew interested in science and engineering, but his philosophy remains the same.
Endowed leadership chairs can make a big difference on Caltech’s Pasadena campus—and 3,000 miles away. No one knows that better than Stephen Mayo (PhD ’87), holder of the William K. Bowes Jr. Leadership Chair of the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering and Bren Professor of Chemistry and Biology. Less than four years after being named the inaugural Bowes chair, he has used the flexible funds to help biology and biological engineering faculty accelerate their research in new directions.
While working toward her master’s in artificial intelligence in London, Gabriela Tavares discovered the late Oliver Sacks’ classic study, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The idiosyncrasies detailed there motivated her to switch research paths—and apply to Caltech—so she too could work toward unlocking the mind’s mysteries.
In high school, David Chavez (BS ’96) spent a summer at Los Alamos National Laboratory in a research program for economically disadvantaged teenagers sponsored by the American Chemical Society. He vividly remembers the day when a Caltech graduate student gave a presentation to his group.