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.
Peter Hung has seen Caltech from a variety of angles—as an undergraduate, a graduate student, an award-winning instructor, a research mentor, an alumnus, and a donor. His story is a case study in what Caltech gives to its community, and how that community gives back.
Break Through, publicly launched just over a year ago, is already the most successful campaign in Caltech’s history. In the first year of the public phase alone, gifts exceeded $400 million. And total contributions—over $1.4 billion—have surpassed the goal of Caltech’s last campaign.
First. That is before all others; earliest in time or serial order, foremost in position, rank, or importance.
Freq. as a numeral adjective, the ordinal of ONE.
adj., n., and pron. (written 1st).
—Oxford English Dictionary
The Caltech Associates Innovation in Education Fund helped associate professor of astronomy Dimitri Mawet introduce a new course for astronomy students and modernize the Cahill Optics Laboratory, where researchers experiment with the technology that will be used to explore the universe and search for life elsewhere.
As an undergraduate, Robert Grubbs started out as an agricultural chemistry major. But when a friend invited him to help out in an organic chemistry lab, his research path—and his life—changed. Finding his passion in organic chemistry as a young scientist led Grubbs to a fruitful career at Caltech, one that earned him a Nobel Prize in 2005.