Caltech is proud to be part of the Pasadena and greater Los Angeles communities.
Founded in 1891, Caltech has helped keep Southern California at the forefront of innovation—from fueling the growth of the aerospace industry to creating and testing next-generation drones and autonomous vehicles.
Caltech scientists and engineers pursue research that improves lives across the region and around the world. It was a Caltech chemist who first linked smog to vehicle exhaust and Caltech seismologists who developed the scales used to measure earthquakes.
Caltech is Pasadena's largest employer, and many of our students, faculty, and staff regularly volunteer their time for tutoring and other outreach initiatives.
Caltech and JPL astronomers, in partnership with the Caltech Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach (CTLO), have launched the Caltech Planet Finder Academy, a new astronomy program that offers Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) high school students the chance to conduct hands-on experiments and learn about the universe and its galaxies, stars, and planets.
Up until this year, no one had ever hiked the entirety of Death Valley National Park from north to south in less than a week. In February, however, Caltech postdoctoral fellow Cameron Hummels covered the 170-mile route in four days—with six minutes to spare.