Monday, September 24, 2012

Disneyland for Nerds - Caltech

With a little over 2000 students(undergrad and grad), Caltech took the number one spot in The World's Top Universities 2011 put out by Times Higher Education, a London magazine that tracks the higher ed market. 

CalTech’s focus on science and engineering attracts some top students and professors. Its faculty has won 32 Nobel prizes. 
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) owned by NASA and operated as a division of Caltech through a contract between NASA and Caltech. In 2008, JPL spent over $1.6 billion on research and development and employed over 5,000 project-related and support employees.The JPL Director also serves as a Caltech Vice President and is responsible to the President of the Institute for the management of the Laboratory. via Wikipedia
Here are a few pics from Caltech campus, located in Pasadena. 

East side of the campus as seen from Hill Ave 

Sssht , someone at Caltech  is performing an experiment! :) 

The Bent, symbol of Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society, California Beta Chapter)

Beckman Auditorium

Beckman Institute 

Remember Moore's Law? In case you don't, here is a reminder: simplified version of this law states that processor speeds, or overall processing power for computers will double every two years. The term "Moore's law" was coined around 1970 by the Caltech professor, VLSI pioneer and entrepreneur Carver Mead , in reference to a statement by Gordon EMoore, the billionaire co-founder of Intel Corp. and a longtime supporter of Caltecha( he received a PhD in Chemistry and minor in Physics from Caltech in 1954)who gave the school two gifts totaling $600 million. 


cristina said...

Imi place Caltech, cu aerul ei asezat si traditional. Si-mi mai plac portocalii din campus, mai ales iarna :)

Toate bune in California? A venit putin toamna si la voi?

Diana said...

Cristina: o sa ți se para ciudat, dar de multe ori stau lângă Beckman Institute, si mă simt undeva in Italia! :))
Toate bune in Cali, așteptăm un nou val de caldura! Așa ca toamna mai are de așteptat! :)

cristina said...

Bine asa :) La noi e toamna-toamna: ploi, temperaturi pe la 50 ziua (dar oscileaza, ajung pana la 70 si in unele zile). Poate s-o mai incalzi si aici ...

coolnewz/Ratatouille said...

la Caltech nu am ajuns, doar la Stanford si Berkeley in CA. In vizita I mean ...

Diana said...

Cristina: aici toamna începe prin Noiembrie, si se termina in Februarie-Martie. Știi ca nu avem iarna....:) îmi amintesc o singura data cand au fost temperaturi sub 0 grade Celsius, in Ianuarie 2007. A fost ceva de genul apocalipsei pentru Angelenos lol. Mie mi-au înghețat rosiile in noaptea aia:)))
Rata: cand ai timp, si ești prin zona, da un semn si facem un tur al Caltech-ului! E mult mai mic decât Berkeley sau Stanford sau UCLA, doar are puțin peste 2000 de studenți. :)