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  • Barista and Cashier at Red Door Marketplace

Vincent Lopez

One of the best things about Caltech is the diversity. When the World Cup soccer matches are happening, you can go into the dining hall any day and see people from that country cheering on their team. There’s such a wide variety of people from all over the world here, so you get introduced to so many different cultures. I really enjoy that.”

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  • Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate in Chemistry

Melissa Ramirez

My dad came here to Caltech to work at Browne Dining Hall. Being a postdoc at Caltech brings my academic journey full circle. I get to conduct research in a laboratory space, and I’ve gotten opportunities he and many others don’t get a chance to have. My background as a first-generation Latina shapes the leader that I am today. It keeps me grounded and reminds me of the privilege that I have to serve the local and global community through science.”

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  • Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Yaser Abu-Mostafa (PhD '83)

I’ve spent two-thirds of my life at Caltech. This is my home. It is completely the environment where I can be productive, where I want to help, where I want the students to flourish, where I want good things to happen. It’s a place where you have lots of room to think and to research and to imagine.”

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  • Professor of Planetary Science; Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair and Director, Keck Institute for Space Studies

Bethany Ehlmann

Space exploration, in many ways, brings out the best in us, as a society, where we band together to do something that's hard, that's challenging, and that's really done for the purposes of knowledge."

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  • Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute; Ronald and JoAnne Willens Scholar

Wei Gao

My interest in biomedical engineering started when I realized that people I loved passed away because of the lack of technologies to diagnose and treat different types of diseases. By analyzing human sweat using a wearable sensor, we could collect large sets of information that could be used for health monitoring and disease diagnosis. And, very importantly, the information could give us early warnings for preventative care."

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  • Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry; William H. Hurt Scholar

Karthish Manthiram

In our group, we have chemical engineers, chemists, mechanical engineers, and materials scientists all coming together to do something big. We're going after really, really difficult problems and uncovering Mother Nature's secrets."