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Henry Blauvelt (PhD '83)
  • Caltech Alum

Henry Blauvelt (PhD ʼ83)

"Caltech students are dedicated, enthusiastic, and, of course, very smart. I credit Caltech for advancing both my abilities and my career. So, helping the next generation as an adviser and a donor just makes sense to me."

Portrait of Stephen Mayo
  • Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry; Merkin Institute Professor

Steve Mayo (PhD '87)

"It’s hard to think of any major advance that’s happened at Caltech that hasn’t been impacted by philanthropy."

Headshot of Jim Ehlers
  • Executive Director of Gift Planning

Jim Ehlers

“I’m a strong believer in education and in Caltech. As a fundraising professional, I also think it’s important for me to walk the walk. So, I’ve made unrestricted gifts to Caltech since 2015. This year, I learned that faculty in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences are contributing their own funds to help the division recruit underrepresented minorities. I was so impressed, I decided to support that initiative, too.”

Photo of Frances Arnold
  • Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry; Director, Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center; Nobel Laureate

Frances Arnold

"It takes resources to do hard science. It’s risky. A lot of places, a lot of conservative government funders wouldn’t fund these early-stage, seemingly crazy ideas. So, we really rely on philanthropic support."

Alya Al-Kibbi in graduation gown
  • Caltech Alum

Alya Al-Kibbi (BS '22)

"From the moment I set foot at Caltech, I knew it was the best place I could ever hope to be. It gave me a community that taught me to see the world in different ways and showed me I’m capable of great things. I am so thankful to the people who support this incredible institute. You are changing people’s lives."

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  • Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics

President Thomas F. Rosenbaum

“Philanthropy is essential to realize the breakthroughs we’re seeing. Philanthropy allows you to take risks. It allows you to push the limits of your imagination.”