Nobel Physics Prize, Alumni Event, & Mid-Career Ph.D. Profile (October 2017)

The Nobel Physics Prize was awarded to three scientists for “their roles in detecting faint ripples flying through the universe – gravitational waves predicted a century ago by Albert Einsten that provide a new understanding of the universe.” One of the scientists is Kip S. Thorne, Ph.D. (CA B ’62), Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus at Caltech.

According to the article, the three were key to the first observation of gravitational waves in September 2015. The waves were predicted by Einstein as part of his theory of general relativity. Dr. Thorne earned his degrees (B.S., A.M., & Ph.D.) in Physics from Caltech and Princeton University.


In September, the Twin Cities Alumni Chapter of Tau Beta Pi volunteered to help pack food for hungry children around the world at the Eagan Feed My Starving Children facility. There were a total of 17 Tau Beta Pi Alumni and family members that helped pack 2,664 meals – able to feed 44 kids for a year!

Above is an image of Paul A. Vlahutin, CA Z ’65, and the daughter of Matt W. Weston, Ph.D. (PA B ’93), as they pack food.


MIT News recently profiled James N. Magarian, MA D ’04, for returning to MIT to become a graduate student after working for 10 years at a major aerospace engineering company. Today, he is pursuing his Ph.D. while “investigating the job trajectories of engineering graduates and exploring why some choose to be practicing engineers while others head in different directions.”

Magarian is also an engineering leadership instructor with the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program. “What really drives me is to better understand the engineering careers landscape and helping people achieve career fit,” Magarian says. “I’m looking at education, the work force, and the students, and trying to understand opportunities for enhancing career fit and satisfaction.” Click here to read the article.


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