“This is such an extraordinary division, you feel that you want to give back, to be a part of it, and to help make a difference,” says Jackie Barton, who holds the Norman Davidson Leadership Chair in Caltech’s Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (CCE) and is the John G. Kirkwood and Arthur A. Noyes Professor of Chemistry.
Xie Chen is a theorist working at the edge of science and engineering, where ideas straight out of science fiction abut the future of computing—and, thus, the future of our plugged-in society. Nominally, she’s a condensed matter physicist exploring quantum systems. But Chen isn’t concerned with neatly drawn lines between disciplines.
The drought is over. Or at least that’s the word on the street in California after a rain-soaked winter that restored surface water and snowpack in 2017. The picture is far more complicated, though. Groundwater takes years to recover after a prolonged shortage. In the meantime, many parts of the state still lack cohesive plans to meet the needs of people and businesses while protecting water resources. That’s where Hao Zhao comes in.