Upcoming Events

AUG

9

Thursday
4:00PM - 6:00PM

Caltech at Stanford

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

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

AUG

16

Thursday
11:30AM - 2:00PM

Monthly Alumni Luncheon

Location: TBA /*Baylands Café (formerly Bay Café)
1875 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 856-0999
Directions*/

Description:

This month, Dan Lenoski will discuss, “Next Generation Data Centers.”

In 2017, global data centers used more than 400 terawatts (4.16 x 1014 watts) (or about 3% of the total electricity), nearly 40% more than the entire United Kingdom. And this consumption at least doubles every four years. A large-scale data center consists of 100,000's of servers, and for some applications, a single service utilizes over 10,000 servers. Each of these servers produces and consumes 10's of gigabits per second of data traffic to carry out their distributed computations. To satisfy these growing needs, individual network link speeds have gone from 10Gbps to 100Gpbs, with 400Gbps links starting to emerge. Likewise, switching chips have gone from a capacity of 100's of Gbps to 6.4Tpbs, and extending beyond 12.8Tpbs. Until recently all of these networks were hardwired, implying that they only gained new capabilities at the rate of the development of new silicon.

In this talk, I will outline the overall state of our current high-performance data center networks, and then I will detail a new type of switch architecture—PISA, or Protocol Independent Switch Architecture, that enables programmable data center networks. Not only does this new architecture continue to scale the networks in throughput, it also significantly increases their capability at the rate of software development. In particular, I will discuss how PISA switches can be programmed to allow unprecedented insight into the flow and latency of packets in the network. I also will discuss new routing algorithms that can be tailored to a given computation and network load. Finally, I will give examples where the network fabric itself aids in the computation and synchronization of the distributed software, running not just on the servers, but within the interconnect itself. You will see how the emergence of PISA has greatly accelerated innovation in networking and distributed computation.

Dan is the Chief Development Officer and a co-founder of Barefoot Networks, a start-up that has created software and silicon, allowing unprecedented programmability and performance in data center networks. Previously, he was a VP of Engineering at Apple and a SVP at Cisco responsible for Cisco’s server and data center access switches. Dan joined Cisco through the acquisition of Nuova Systems in 2008. Before that, he was a VP at Google responsible for the platform team which built hardware and system software for Google's data centers. Dan was also a founder and VP of Engineering at Growth Networks, which was acquired by Cisco in 2000. And from 2000 to 2005, Dan ran the development for Cisco’s stackable switching products and Cisco’s core router, the CRS-1. Earlier, he held senior engineering and management positions designing computer systems for Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, and Tandem Computers. Dan received his BSEE degree from Caltech, and his MS and PhD degree in EE from Stanford.


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)

AUG

29

Wednesday
12:00PM - 1:00PM PDT

Deceiving the Superorganism: Infiltration of Ant Societies by Stealth Beetles

Location: Online

Description:

What allows a freeloading outsider to don a disguise and infiltrate a tight-knit society? Extreme evolution. By means of rapid and dramatic behavioral, anatomical, and chemical adaptations, rove beetles can assimilate into ant colonies — normally fiercely xenophobic — and exploit their social hosts undetected. This remarkable group of parasites, the most species-rich family in the animal kingdom, provides a paradigm for studying other complex symbioses.


Fee: Free Event

SEP

6

Thursday
6:30PM - 9:30PM

CAEG: Protein Fluidics: Life as a 3-Year Old with Evan Cromwell (BS '84)

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

Description:

About the Event
Two years ago, I gave a historical look at my life as an Accidental Entrepreneur and an introduction to my current company, Protein Fluidics. Since that time, the company has been steadily progressing and we now have our first product on the market. This talk will be a retrospective of the 3-year journey of Protein Fluidics including our initial go-to-market planning, development challenges, pivots in our business plan, lessons learned, and company successes. I will also talk about our next steps and future plans. Hopefully the talk will provide insights and perspective for those in similar situations, and a number of “been there, done that” moments for the more seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. Some of the topics I will cover will include technology assessment methods, how to deal with the unexpected, challenges of a start-up leader wearing many hats, and the importance of having a strong team from Lab Tech to Investor. I also hope to promote questions and discussion as I have found critical feedback is invaluable to success.

About Our Speaker
Dr. Evan F Cromwell has over 30 years of senior executive and technical experience in leading the design, development and manufacture of systems for biological assays, materials analysis, optical inspection, and process control. He is currently Founder and President of Protein Fluidics, Inc. where he is focused on the commercialization of novel microfluidic instrumentation and assay systems for the biopharma industry. Prior to that, he was Director of Research at Molecular Devices (a Danaher company) for seven years and Founder and President of Blueshift Biotechnologies. Blueshift successfully commercialized a novel cellular imaging platform that enabled high throughput assays for genomics, proteomics, and cell-based applications and was acquired by Molecular Devices in 2008. He is the author of over 40 papers and presentations in the diverse areas of biology, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, tribology, and optical instrumentation. He is also an accomplished inventor and holds 15 patents. Dr. Cromwell received a B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley.


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
Directions

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

DEC

6

Thursday
6:30PM - 9:30PM

CAEG: Holiday Social

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

Description:

Caltech alumni Grace Mah (BS '81) and Greg Tanaka (EX '96) present their insights from holding political office.


Fee: Free Event