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    Associates Program with JPL’s Kevin Hand and Caltech’s Mike Brown on Telescopes vs. Robots

About the Associates

"There is no date in the history of the California Institute of Technology more significant than March 9, 1926, the first meeting of the California Institute Associates."

—Robert Andrews Millikan

Welcome to the Caltech Associates, a vibrant community committed to supporting Caltech's education and research that addresses the world's most complex scientific and societal problems.

Established in 1926, the Caltech Associates' collective efforts have seeded groundbreaking innovations and have helped elevate the impact of Caltech's science and engineering programs. Today, more than 2,000 individual members help to provide Caltech's faculty and students with the resources and the freedom to advance transformative discoveries.

Intellectually curious and globally focused, Caltech Associates members are passionate about solutions for tomorrow and know that investing in Caltech yields powerful outcomes. Members include business and community leaders, Caltech alumni and faculty, local, regional and international philanthropists, and friends of the Institute.

The Caltech Associates provides support through a variety of membership levels. Since its founding, members have contributed funds toward over 37 campus buildings, 52 endowed professorships, and support of many fellowships and scholarships.

The Caltech Associates plays a valuable role in fostering close connections among the worlds of academia, science, engineering, business, and philanthropy. Staying aligned with the organization's original vision, the group continues to bring a broad range of individuals from diverse communities into the Caltech fold.

In Southern California, Northern California, and in New York, Associates members have the opportunity to attend stimulating events and programs that feature Caltech faculty, students, researchers, and alumni discussing cutting-edge science and research underway on campus. The Caltech Associates also provides members with invaluable opportunities to meet, network, and socialize with like-minded individuals who are interested in being life-long learners.

In addition to sponsoring an exciting range of programs year-round, the Associates offers members the opportunity to travel with Caltech's world-renowned researchers. Whether faculty are leading an international excursion or a daylong field trip, they share their expertise with Caltech Associates and enrich their learning experience.

Caltech is changing the world. Be part of it. Join the Associates.