Upcoming Events

APR

12

Thursday
4:00PM - 6:00PM

Caltech at Stanford

Location: Stanford, The Treehouse
459 Lagunita Dr,
Stanford, CA 94305
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Description:

Join fellow Caltech alumni as we toast our memories of Pasadena and celebrate our time at Stanford. Head to the Treehouse, where fun is on tap during Happy Hour. Craft ideas, brew curiosity through conversation, and enjoy a beer with fellow Techers at Stanford!

Appetizers provided by the Caltech Alumni Association.


Fee: Free Event

APR

19

Thursday
11:30AM - 2:00PM

Monthly Alumni Luncheon

Location: Bay Café
1875 Embarcadero Road,
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Description:

This month, Markus Meister will discuss, “Neural Computations for Vision.”

The task of the human visual system is to extract from the onslaught of raw image information (~1 Gbit/s) the little knowledge that really matters to us (~20 bit/s). I will discuss what we are learning about this process in the early neural circuits of the visual system, and how the resulting insights can help devise prostheses for the blind.

Markus studied physics at the Technische Universität in München, Germany, then at Caltech, where he received a Ph.D. for research on bacterial motion with Howard Berg in 1987. He was introduced to the beauty and mysteries of the retina during post-doctoral research with Denis Baylor at Stanford University.

In 1991, Markus took a professorship at Harvard University, where he worked until his return to Caltech in 2012. Currently, he is Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences, and Executive Officer for Neurobiology at Caltech.

Markus studies the function of large neuronal circuits, with a focus on the visual and olfactory sensory systems. Early in his career he pioneered the use of multi-electrode arrays for parallel recording from many of the retina’s output neurons. Together with new approaches to visual stimulation, this helped reveal how much visual processing is accomplished in the retina. His work extended to both smaller and larger scales of organization: on the one hand the circuit mechanisms of visual computations, on the other the role of retinal computation for visually guided behavior. In recent years, Meister’s group has been exploring population coding in the mammalian superior colliculus to understand the next stage of visual processing. Markus also serves on advisory boards of research organizations and foundations including the Allen Brain Institute, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Pew Scholars Program, the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, and the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.


Fee: $20.00, including lunch, tax, and gratuity
$5.00 for those not eating the buffet (Please state “not eating” after your name when you register)

MAY

3

Thursday
6:30PM - 9:30PM

The New Economy

Location: Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real,
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Description:

Forum discussion of technologies which may significantly alter today's ecnomy including AI, blockchain, and big data analyses.


Fee: Free Event

JUN

7

Thursday
6:30PM - 9:30PM

Co-mingling Academia and Consulting with Gabriel Rebeiz (MS '83, PhD '88)

Location: Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real,
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Description:

About Our Speaker
Gabriel M. Rebeiz (NAE Member and IEEE Fellow) is the Wireless Communications Industry Chair Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California San Diego. Prior to this appointment, he was at the University of Michigan from 1988 to 2004. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. He has contributed to planar mm-wave and THz antennas and imaging arrays from 1988-1996, and his group has optimized the dielectric-lens antennas, which is the most widely used antenna at mm-wave and THz frequencies. Prof. Rebeiz’ group also developed 6-18 GHz and 40-50 GHz 8- and 16-element phased arrays on a single silicon chip, the first mm-wave silicon passive imager chip at 85-105 GHz, and the first silicon 100 GHz wafer-scale phased array. He is also an expert on millimeter-wave planar antennas, phased arrays, and satellite communication systems. He has worked on automotive radars at 24 GHz and 77 GHz since 1998 as a consultant and as a subcontractor to several leading phased-array and automotive radar companies.

Prof. Rebeiz was also the first to introduce MEMS and micromachining to the RF/microwave field, and has developed several novel components (tunable filters, wideband switches, low-loss phase shifters, high-Q varactors) using this technology. His group also demonstrated high-Q RF MEMS tunable filters at 1-20 GHz (Q> 200) and the new angular-based RF MEMS capacitive and high-power high-reliability RF MEMS metal-contact switches. His research interests are in the development of RF MEMS devices and tunable filters for the wireless and defense sector (reconfigurable networks, antennas, etc.). He has worked as a consultant for several leading RF MEMS and tunable front-end companies.


Fee: Free Event

JUL

15

Sunday
11:00AM - 3:00PM

Family Potluck Outing

Location: East Meadow Group Area
600 East Meadow Drive,
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Description:

Ahhh, Summer! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and Caltech's Bay Area Alumni are gathering in Palo Alto for a picnic! It's time to pack up your favorite dishes and other picnic things in a big basket and join us at the beautiful Mitchell Park in Palo Alto to take in the fresh air, sunshine, and the company of old and new friends.

We've reserved the area near the intersection of Meadow and Cowper (same location as last year), which has lots of playground equipment for various ages, including a water play area and grassy field. Children and other guests are welcome.

Please RSVP by Saturday, June 24.


Fee: Free Event

AUG

2

Thursday
6:30PM - 9:30PM

Welcome back Cutter Coryell (BS '15)

Location: Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real,
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Description:

We welcome back Cutter to learn about the road to product launch since his time pitching to our panelists in October 2017, their successful Kickstarter campaign, and manufacturing negotiations.

About Our Speaker
Cutter Coryell (BS '15), CTO and Co-Founder of Opterlife. Cutter has a BS in Physics from Caltech. He has worked with LIGO, Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes, and UCLA's Center for Cognition, Vision, and Learning.

About Opter
We're not just building a tech company - we're building a lifestyle.

The Basics - We believe that habits should get more attention, that getting healthier should be simple, and that technology can be unobtrusive.

Mindfulness - We won't sacrifice ethics for a slightly larger profit margin. We believe in doing our part to make the world a better place - whether it's through eco-friendliness or human rights.

Privacy - You don't have to choose between getting use out of your data and revealing it to the world. We use techniques such as strong encryption whenever we handle your data.

Transparency - Companies should work towards their users' best interests. We're committed to setting an example.


Fee: Free Event

OCT

4

Thursday
6:30PM - 9:00PM

4th Annual Pitch Event

Location: Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real,
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Description:

The Caltech alumni panelists comprising VC, corporate VC, and angel funding will hear and review your Pitch. (And, if the pitch resonates with their funding strategies ... you might get a callback!)

6:30-7:30 pm: Networking
7:30-8:45 pm: Program
9:00pm+: Crowne Plaza bar

Pitch Panel Event Application
Applications to Pitch at the Pitch Panel Event 2 must be received by September 7, 2018.

If you need help or want early feedback on your Pitch, please contact Gordon. We’ll try to connect you with a coach or mentor to help refine your pitch.

We will select and notify by Sept 21st no more than eight inventors to pitch to a stellar group of Caltech alumni funders at our October 5th meeting.

Should I attend?
Yes! Even if you don't have a pitch or intend to pitch, you can watch (and learn from) the misery effort of others.

Plus, if you want to connect with a mentor or a mentee, this event will be a great opportunity!

Finally, this will be an opportunity to introduce yourself to any panelist or special investor attendee one-on-one in case you may want to contact them in the future about investing in your startup.

The success of our network is based upon the strength of its members.

Pitch Coaches and Mentors
If you want to be a Pitch Coach or a Mentor please contact Gordon Mitchard (gmitchard@sandhillangels.com).


Fee: Free Event