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The Caltech Associates is portal to the Institute for those who want to be Caltech "insiders."

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges.

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A section of the large hadron collider


The Institute manages JPL for NASA, sending probes to explore the planets of our solar system and quantify changes on our home planet. Caltech also owns and operates large-scale research facilities such as the Seismological Laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories, including the Palomar and W. M. Keck Observatories; and cofounded and comanages LIGO.

Caltech is an independent, privately supported institution with a 124-acre campus located in Pasadena, California. Thomas F. Rosenbaum is Caltech's ninth president.

There are six academic Divisions. The Associates have the privilege of featuring individuals and panels from these divisions who showcase much of the groundbreaking work being accomplished at Caltech.:

Being a Caltech Associate allows each of us to gain unprecedented access to today's curious, passionate thought leaders. We have an important impact on science, industry, and society, and are part of this impressive legacy.

Lynda Boone Fetter
Associates President 2014–2016

Being an Associate provides a wonderful opportunity to be part of a vibrant campus and allows one to be a student throughout life.

Ananth Natarajan
Associates President 2013–2014