CS + Social Good
Through TechReach, a new student club, Caltech undergrads aim to use tech skills to address social problems. Among people who are homeless, lack of connection to family and friends poses an often-overlooked obstacle to stability and well-being. Nivetha Karthikeyan, Myra Cheng, and Andrew Hess address the problem by developing new technological tools for Miracle Messages, a nonprofit that helps reunite homeless people with friends and relatives. Miracle Messages helps homeless individuals record video or audio messages to loved ones they have lost all contact with, and then volunteers scour social media and other digital platforms to find those loved ones and deliver the message. They hope to expand TechReach to five or six new projects involving larger numbers of computer science volunteers and a broader range of issues.
Professor Atwater Receives IEEE Cherry Award
Harry A. Atwater, Jr., Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science; Director, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, has received the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) William Cherry Award. Professor Atwater was recognized for his "many and outstanding contributions to photovoltaic science and technology.” The award recognizes those who have devoted a part of their professional life to the advancement of the science and technology of photovoltaic energy conversion. [Caltech story]
Hanwen (Lily) Zhang Receives 2019 Henry Ford II Scholar Award
Computation and Neural Systems student Hanwen (Lily) Zhang, advised by Professor Thanos Siapas, is a recipient of the 2019 Henry Ford II Scholar Award. Her research interests include exploring how different brain regions interact to give rise to goal-oriented behaviors and our ability to learn, remember and generalize our knowledge to novel situations. This summer, she will be working as a SURF fellow to explore the hippocampal dependence of auditory associative learning. The Henry Ford II Scholar Award is funded under an endowment provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund. The award is made annually to engineering students with the best academic record at the end of the third year of undergraduate study.
Henry Ford II Scholar Award
Hanwen (Lily) Zhang
125th Commencement Ceremony
Caltech’s 125th commencement ceremony was held on Friday June 14, 2019. This year's speaker was Dr. France A. Córdova, a distinguished astrophysicist, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Caltech alumna (Ph.D. ’79). “Córdova brings to the Institute perspectives on governmental and academic leadership, grounded in her scientific training at Caltech,” Caltech president Thomas F. Rosenbaum said in his announcement to the Caltech community. Caltech celebrated the accomplishments of 586 graduates: 240 bachelor's degrees, 139 master's degrees, and 207 doctoral degrees. [Watch the recorded ceremony] [Caltech story]