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Warren Goda (BS '86)

How did you first get involved with the Caltech Associates?

I heard more about the Associates beyond just the name back in the early 2000s, when I was president of the Caltech Alumni Association. I decided this was a good way to continue my involvement and a nice evolution of the relationship.

What is your favorite Associates memory?

I went on the trip to Chile last year and had a blast! Seeing a total solar eclipse is a bucket list moment. Being able to experience that with the Associates was awesome. I made great memories and met great people.

It was so much fun that I signed up for the upcoming Antarctica trip. The possibility of visiting all of the continents in your lifetime—when is the opportunity going to come up again? I thought, "Hey, seize the day."

Why is supporting Caltech important to you?

I've always believed in Caltech's mission and what a difference it made in my life. If there's somebody promising who may not have the means to go to Caltech, hopefully I can enable their dreams. I feel like because I'm in a position where I can help, it's my obligation to try to make something happen.

What difference did Caltech make in your life?

It certainly played a crucial role in my career. The Caltech name is extremely valuable opening doors.

Caltech was also a place where I could develop as a person. It allowed you to be comfortable with who you are and develop in your own way. I also had some great mentors, including Chris Brennen [Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus].

Ultimately, I would not be where I am, nor the person I am, without Caltech.

Warren Goda in front of a Chilean landscape
Warren Goda (BS '86) in the Atacama Desert on an Associates Trip to Chile.

Name: Warren Goda
Member Since: 1997
Membership Level: President's Circle
Chapter: East Coast