Andrew and Peggy Cherng saw opportunity to invest in their community and in the future of health care
On February 23, 2017, President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Katherine T. Faber, Caltech’s Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science, hosted a dinner to celebrate the establishment of leadership chairs for Caltech’s six division chairs, provost, and president.
Charles Zeller (BS ’68) and Peter Cross (BS ’68) met in 1964 as first-year students in Dabney House. Over the years and across the miles between their homes in California and Texas, the two have remained friends and forged sometimes-parallel paths. Both enjoyed successful careers developing computer systems and instrumentation. Both have supported their alma mater generously.
Nobel laureate Donald Glaser (PhD ’50) and his family have made a pair of significant commitments to the Caltech community. Scroll down for a slideshow of archival images that trace Glaser’s scientific path and highlight art and music inspired by his work.
Svetlana Kryukova (BS ’95, MS ’95) knows what it is like to have the talent to study at a top university but not the wherewithal to attend one. She credits Caltech for bridging that gap—providing her with a robust financial aid package and a quality education that has helped shape her career.
Each year during Alumni Reunion Weekend—an annual event that brings together graduates for social activities, presentations, and campus and lab tours—Caltech alumni have the opportunity to honor their graduating classes and support current and former students by contributing to a reunion gift.
Initiative kicked off with $115 million gift from philanthropists Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo to establish a new institute and provide continuous funds for neuroscience research. Caltech to construct $200 million biosciences complex that will include new institute.
The United States Navy decided where Howard Jessen would go to college. Because he was well qualified, they enrolled him at Caltech along with roughly 500 other naval students. “They said, ‘Do you want to join the Navy’s V-12 college training program? Sign here,” Jessen remembers. “There was no college visit, just off you went.”
Throughout her career as a Wall Street executive, Caltech trustee Deborah McWhinney has helped foster excellence in others by serving as a mentor and an advocate for leadership development. With her $1 million gift to support students at Caltech, McWhinney is once again focused on helping tomorrow’s leaders.
The businesswoman and former college professor will lead Caltech’s longest-serving support group.