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Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series

The Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series brings eminent speakers to campus to discuss timely topics in science and engineering, culture, public policy, and American higher education.

Upcoming Speaker

Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company and a leader in creativity and innovation, will visit Caltech as the next featured guest in the Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series.

Caltech students, faculty, and staff members are invited to engage with Iger in a fireside chat, led by President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, at the Athenaeum on Thursday, April 18 at 3 p.m. PT. This in-person event is free, but registration is required.

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Past Speakers

Dr. Michael Lomax

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Dr. Michael Lomax is a distinguished leader in politics, the arts, education, and civic engagement; the current president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF); and a leading advocate for college readiness.

Leroy (Lee) Hood (BS'60 biology; PhD'68 biochemistry), Caltech Distinguished Alumnus

Monday, April 10, 2023

A world-renowned scientist and recipient of the 2011 National Medal of Science, Dr. Leroy Hood (BS '60 Biology, PhD '68 Biochemistry, DAA ) co-founded the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in 2000 and served as its first President from 2000–2017. Currently, he is the CEO of Phenome Health and Co-Founder and Professor at the Institute of Systems Biology in Seattle.