TV Producer, Head of Unscripted, Hello Sunshine
Sara Rea is a multiple award-winning executive producer who has been creating groundbreaking television and documentaries for over 20 years. With a passion for writing, television and film that started at a very young age, Rea always dreamed of creating shows that have something to say, shows that inspire, shows that matter. Sara Rea is known for her work on Project Runway (2004), Murder (2007) and Making the Cut (2020). She was recently appointed Head of Unscripted Television for Reese Witherspoon's production company, Hello Sunshine, which seeks to spotlight and promote women's authorship and agency.
Professor of Planetary Science
Forbes named professor Konstantin Batygin the “next physics rock star” in its 2015 list of “30 Under 30: Young Scientists Who Are Changing the World.” He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2008, before pursuing graduate studies at Caltech. To date, Batygin has authored over eighty scientific publications, and his research has been featured on the front cover of Scientific American. Prior to joining the faculty at California Institute of Technology in 2014, Batygin was a postdoctoral scholar at Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur in Nice, France, and Harvard University. When not doing science, he enjoys playing in his rock band, The Seventh Season.
Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Assessment
Dr. Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux has been appointed to the newly created position of Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Assessment effective February 1. Lindsey will guide a strategic, research-informed approach to enhance, expand, and coordinate the Institute’s overall diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She will build on her experience as Caltech’s Chief Institutional Research Officer and work closely with the President’s Diversity Council. A proficient scientist, respected scholar, and talented administrator with more than ten years of experience applying qualitative, quantitative, and action research methodologies to inform change across STEM fields, Lindsey is deeply committed to advancing the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has cultivated in-depth knowledge of barriers that prevent diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities in STEM on the one hand, and of research-based strategies and interventions to realize new, effective opportunities on the other.
Bing Professor of Neuroscience, Behavioral Biology and Economics
Antonio received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1998, and was a faculty member at Stanford from 1998 to 2006, as well as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has been at Caltech since 2006, when he switched the focus of his work from economics to decision neuroscience.
The Rangel Neuroeconomics Laboratory studies the computational and neurobiological basis of decision-making. The primary focus is on understanding how the brain computes and compares values to make simple choices, such as choosing between an apple and an orange. Rangel and his team also investigate how the workings of the decision-making system change in more complex forms of choice, such as decisions involving self-control or altruism.
Rangel has previously served as the Director of Caltech’s NSF-IGERT PhD Program in Behavioral and Social Neuroscience, and as Co-Director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center. He is a past president of the Society for Neuroeconomics and a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.
Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science
Katherine T. Faber earned her PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Caltech, she held appointments at the Ohio State University and Northwestern University. Professor Faber is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society, and a fellow of ASM International. Among her awards are the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Educator Award, the John Jeppson Award of the American Ceramic Society, and the Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lecture of ASM International. She served as president of the American Ceramic Society in 2006–07. While at Northwestern University, she co-founded and co-directed the Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts, where advanced materials characterization and analytical techniques are used in support of conservation science. Her research interests also include the fracture of brittle materials and the mechanisms by which such materials can be toughened, ceramics for energy-related applications, including thermal and environmental barrier coatings for power generation, and porous solids for filtration and flow.
1984, 1988 US Olympian; Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation
Betsy Mitchell is an American competitive swimmer who is a world record-holder, world champion and Olympic gold and silver medalist. A global adventurer who has walked, hiked, biked, kayaked and golfed from Milford Sound to Mt. Kilimanjaro, from Côte D'Azur to Banff, the Galapagos and the Grand Canyon, her passion for travel is driven by a desire to expand her perspective and purposefully get outside her comfort zone. Betsy has been a passionate advocate for women in sports, women in leadership and in leading the conversation about the state of college sports in the United States. Betsy is currently the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation at Caltech.