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2020 Program

October 17, 2020, 1:00–5:30 pm PST

Campuswide Program

The FUTURE Ignited Webinar will begin at 1:00 pm PST on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Click on arrows to toggle for more information below.

1:00–1:30 pm

President Thomas Rosenbaum

Provost David Tirrell

Division Chairs:

  • Richard Murray, Chair of Biology & Biological Engineering
  • Dennis Dougherty, Chair of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
  • Guruswami Ravichandran, Chair of Engineering & Applied Science
  • John Grotzinger, Chair of Geological & Planetary Sciences
  • Fiona Harris, Chair of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy

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1:30–2:30 pm

Is graduate school for me? How do I navigate graduate school as a student of color in STEM? What is Caltech like?


  • Sergio Parra (GPS)
  • Kyle Virgil (CCE)
  • Evan Nunez (PMA)
  • Emma Sosa (GPS)
  • Rebekah Loving (BBE)
  • Daniella Osorio Rodriguez (GPS)
  • Daniel Mukasa (EAS)

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2:30–3:00 pm

Come learn more about the WAVE program and opportunities for summer undergraduate research at Caltech!

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Come join Dr. Lilien Voong who will discuss best practices for writing a personal statement for STEM disciplines.

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3:00–3:30 pm

The Resnick Sustainability Institute (RSI) advances global sustainability through transformational science, engineering, and education. We prioritize research across campus that addresses challenges and opportunities associated with climate change and the stewardship of natural resources. The fundamental insights gained are directed towards implementation and scale-up for real-world impact.

This panel will include a short overview of the RSI, and then include a Q&A with Professor Jess Adkins and graduate students Siraput Jongaramrungruang from ESE and Maureen (Mo) Morla from Chemistry, in which they will share their motivations for working on basic science in pursuit of societal impact in sustainability, and answer your questions.

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Engineering & Applied Science (EAS) Program

3:30–4:00 pm

"A Day in the Life" and other topics


  • Lucia De Rose, Applied Physics and Materials Science
  • Morgan Hooper, Aerospace
  • Jennifer J. Sun, Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Zachery Iton, Applied Physics and Materials Science
  • Kevin Korner, Mechanical and Civil Engineering
  • Victoria Lee, Mechanical and Civil Engineering
  • Heather Lukas, Medical Engineering
  • Emily Palmer, Aerospace
  • Saransh Sharma, Electrical Engineering
  • Jacqueline Tawney, Aerospace

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4:00–4:30 pm

  • "From Science Fiction to Robotics" - Aaron Ames, Bren Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems
  • Katie Bouman, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering
  • John Dabiri, Centennial Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering

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4:30–5:00 pm

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  • "Introduction and Overview of Bioinspired Design at GALCIT" – Mory Gharib, Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
  • "Hypersonics Research at GALCIT" – Joanna Austin, Professor of Aerospace
  • "Space Structures Research at GALCIT" – Sergio Pellegrino, Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aerospace and Civil Engineering

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Applied Physics and Materials Science
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Discussion of APhMS graduate program with faculty and alumni.


  • Sandra Troian, Professor of Applied Physics, Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering
  • Julia Greer, Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics, and Medical Engineering
  • Ottman Tertuliano, Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University, Caltech Materials Science PhD 2019
  • Prineha Narang, Assistant Professor at Harvard University, Caltech Applied Physics PhD 2015

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Computing and Mathematical Sciences
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Electrical Engineering
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  • Overview – Victoria Kostina, Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • "Nonlinear Photonics for Sensing and Computing" – Alireza Marandi, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics
  • "Quantum Interconnects" – Mohammad Mirhosseini, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • "Information Theory: A Glimpse into the Future for Technology and Science" – Michelle Effros, George Van Osdol Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • "Computation Over Communication Channels" – Victoria Kostina, Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • Q & A

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Environmental Science and Engineering
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering
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Medical Engineering
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  • "Research in Medical Engineering" – Yu-Chong Tai, Anna L. Rosen Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering; Executive Officer for Medical Engineering
  • "World's Deepest-Penetration and Fastest Optical Cameras" – Lihong Wang, Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering
  • "Skin-interfaced Wearable Biosensors for Personalized Health Monitoring" – Wei Gao, Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering

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5:00–5:30 pm

Moderated by : Chris Umans, EAS Deputy Chair and Professor of Computer Science


  • Harry Atwater, Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science
  • Kathy Faber, Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science
  • Nadia Lapusta, Lawrence A. Hanson, Jr., Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Geophysics
  • Beverley McKeon, Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics

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