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California Institute of Technology

CUREE Representative:

Wilfred Iwan
Professor Emeritus
Applied Mechanics
Mail Code 104-44
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
Tel.: 626.395.4144
Fax: 626.568.2719

CUREE Members:

• José E. Andrade
• James L. Beck
• John F. Hall
• Thomas Heaton

• Wilfred D. Iwan
• Paul C. Jennings
• Hiroo Kanamori
• Monica D. Kohler

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The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future.

Mechanical and Civil Engineers shape our physical environment from the cities we live in, the machines we use, the way we travel, and the energy that powers these, to delivering the water we need. An integral part of Caltech for over a century, these disciplines have attracted exceptional individuals and addressed the critical technological challenges of the day. Our particular interests evolve with time, but our core mission of training the leaders of tomorrow and conducting fundamental research to address major technological roadblocks remains constant. Today, you will find students and faculty working on nanostructured fuel cells, study of earthquakes ranging from the source to their impact on buildings, active ferroelectric materials and devices, neural prosthetics, debris flows, response of structures against accidental explosion, water resources, efficient combustion processes, quantum mechanical origins of the strength of materials and design.

Our faculty members enjoy exceptional visibility, have dynamic research programs and play leadership roles in the academic community. The research is highly interdisciplinary and often conducted in a collaborative atmosphere. Many faculty members have joint appointments with other options on campus. We also enjoy close connections with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and other National Laboratories, and technology industries.

We offer graduate programs in Applied Mechanics, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Incoming graduate students come from the world’s most prestigious universities and work one-on-one with a faculty mentor. Nearly all graduate students receive full financial aid for the duration of their studies.

Aim and Scope of the Graduate Program
Civil engineering research and study are offered through the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and are oriented towards the Ph.D degree. Only in exceptional cases is there admission to the M.S. program as the final degree objective. The aim of the graduate program in civil engineering at Caltech is to prepare students for research and professional practice. The program combines individual depth of experience and competence in a particular chosen major specialty. The program strives to develop professional independence, creativity, leadership and the capacity for continuing professional and intellectual growth.

Caltech Undergraduate Admissions
Mailing address:
1200 E. California Blvd. MC 10-90
Pasadena, CA 91125

Physical address for tours:
383 S. Hill Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91125
Tel.: 626.395.6341

Graduate Studies Office

California Institute of Technology - Graduate Studies Office
MailCode: 230-87
1200 E California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125
Tel.: 626.395.6346
Fax: 626.577.9246

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Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering
last updated 11.07.15