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.
“Whenever I see a new student standing alone during rotation, I remember how welcoming students were to me when I got here, and how it made me feel comfortable,” says Teresa Tran, a junior biology major at Caltech. “So I think to myself, ‘That’s how people are here—and I am part of this community now.’ I’ve sometimes surprised myself by initiating conversations with people I don’t know because that’s something I never really did before coming to 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.
This month, 40 Techers traveled to the Grace Hopper Celebration—the world’s largest gathering of women in technology—thanks in part to donations from Caltech alumni who are members of Caltech’s Information Science and Technology (IST) Advisory Council. The donors covered the cost of attendance for many of the students who participated.
In this issue of The Caltech Effect, we explore the notion of familial ties across many dimensions—generations, labs, even the Milky Way.