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Seminars and Lectures

Caltech will be holding a variety of seminars, lectures and panels during Earth Week.  Please note that some events require you to purchase a ticket - click on the links provided for more information and instructions.

STEMinar Speaker: Samuel Brinton

Wednesday April 19th
Avery Dining Hall, 7pm

Samuel Brinton is a Senior Policy Analyst with Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Project, where he helps to lead the efforts of the Nuclear Waste Initiative. Join us in welcoming Samuel Brinton for their talk “By Day: Nuclear Scientist. By Night: LGBT Activist.” Hear from a nuclear engineer who advises the President on technical issues while still maintaining their LGBT activist life. Come and learn about topics ranging from ending conversion therapy to bettering LGBTQ+ representation in the STEM fields. Lunch will be provided. RSVP required:


Associates Panel on the Future of Driverless Cars 

Wednesday April 19th
5:45 p.m. Reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and buffet stations at The Athenaeum
7:00 p.m. Panel dicussion, followed by networking, dessert, and coffee at Guggenheim 133 (Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall)

Cruise control will gain new meaning as more than 20 million autonomous vehicles take to the road over the next 20 years, according to forecasts from a leading source of information on the global automotive industry. Our panel of experts will discuss this revolutionary new technology that has the ability to transform the daily lives of millions of Americans, both the seeing and the visually impaired, as well as change the landscape of delivery and transportation services and, possibly, your next vehicle purchase.

Join us and a diverse panel of experts, representing technological, business, and societal viewpoints, for a conversation about what the future holds for driverless vehicles and how they will impact our lives. Due to the success of this panel in Northern California, we have taken this event on the road and brought it to campus.

RSVP here. For inquiries and information on attending the event, please visit the Caltech Associates  website or contact Ruby Rico with the Caltech Associates office at or (626) 395-6392.


Adam Wierman - How Clean is the Cloud? 

Wednesday April 19th
Beckman Auditorium, 8pm

Computing "in the cloud" may seem like something ephemeral, but the cloud actually has a physical presence in the form of data centers filled with thousands of servers. The power infrastructure needed to run these servers is enormous. In fact, at this point in time, data centers lead to more carbon emissions than the airline industry, but it need not be this way, says Adam Wierman.

Wierman, Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, will describe ongoing research at Caltech aimed at building a sustainable computing infrastructure—one where data centers are powered by renewable energy and even serve as virtual energy-storage facilities for more broadly integrating renewable energy into the electrical grid.  This is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required.


Resnick Fellows Seminar

Thursday April 20th
Guggenheim 133 (Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall), 3-4pm

Please join the Resnick Institute for research talks by two Resnick Fellows.

Bryan Hunter: Splitting Water with Iron for Solar Fuel

Zhu Liu, PhD: Revisiting Anthropogenic Carbon Emissions