The Foreign Colony In Caltech's Department of Electrical Engineering

Below, Paul Nachman suggests that readers cast their  eyes "on the graduate-student roster for Caltech's Department of Electrical Engineering". I did this, and I note, using the patented "what kind of name is that" stereotyping technique, that less than one fifth of the class has a name you would have found in an engineering class in America in 1960.


Diversity wasn't totally absent from American at that point—any one of the foreign names might have been studying engineering in an American school at any time. I. M. Pei, a native of Shanghai, was studying architecture in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts in 1935.


But he would have been the only one—a member of a minority group. He would have been surrounded, in fact, by Americans. At Caltech, it's the Americans who are surrounded. 


The names below are so weird that "Carlos Roberto Gonzalez" seems like a breath of air from home. 


  1.  Behrooz Abiri
  2. Ahmed Akgiray
  3. Ron Appel
  4. Aristotelis Asimakopoulou
  5. Hamad Hamze Bajgiran
  6. Roy Blankman
  7. Subhonmesh Bose
  8. Steven Bowers
  9. Michael Burd
  10. Wuhan Desmond Cai
  11. Chieh-feng Chang
  12. Han-Chieh Chang
  13. Samson Chen
  14. Kaushik Dasgupta
  15. Theodoros Dikaliotis
  16. Ran Duan
  17. David Foor
  18. William Frankland
  19. Qiurui Fu (Amy)
  20. Eyal En Gad
  21. Vikash Gunreddy
  22. Masoud Asanjan Farivar
  23. Lingwen Gan
  24. Carlos Roberto Gonzalez
  25. Wael Halbawi
  26. David Hall
  27. Chao Han
  28. Shuo Han
  29. Andrew Homyk
  30. Yu Horie
  31. Roarke Horstmeyer
  32. Kun Huang (Ms.)
  33. Wentao Huang
  34. Kishore Jaganathan
  35. Mooseok Jang
  36. Dongyang Kang
  37. Jinho Kim
  38. Seyoon Kim
  39. Vinayak Ramya Korlakai
  40. Seung Ah Lee
  41. Yi-Shan Lee
  42. Derek Leong
  43. Chih-Hao Liu
  44. Hsi-Chun Liu
  45. Yang Liu
  46. Zhao Liu
  47. Ji Luo (Ms.)
  48. Matthew Loh
  49. Jordan Maslov
  50. Imran Malik
  51. Wei Mao
  52. Manuel Monge
  53. Abhirman Moturi
  54. Muhammad Mujeeb-U-Rahman
  55. Jayakrishnan Nair
  56. Mandheerej Nandra
  57. Meisam Honarvar Nazari
  58. Parham Noorzad
  59. Samet Oymak
  60. Alex Pai
  61. Akshay Pai
  62. Piya Pal
  63. Shuo (Sean) Pang
  64. Qiuyu Peng
  65. Yamuna Phal (Ms.)
  66. Mayank Raj
  67. Aditya Rajagopal
  68. Jian Ren
  69. Damon Russell
  70. Saman Saeedi
  71. Amirreza Safaripour
  72. Christos Santis
  73. Penvipha Satsanarukkit
  74. Nicholas Scianmarello
  75. Jacob Sendowski
  76. Krishna Settaluri
  77. Constantine Sideris
  78. Scott Steger
  79. Ravi Teja Sukhavasi
  80. Albert Tan
  81. Srikanth Venkata Tenneti
  82. Matthew Thill
  83. Christos Thrampoulidis
  84. Brian Thompson
  85. Zhiying Wang
  86. Kelsey Whitesell
  87. Ming Fai Wong
  88. Hao Wu
  89. Changhong Zhao
  90. Guoan Zheng
  91. Haojiang (Edward) Zhou
  92. Sinan Zhao
  93. Yu Zhao
  94. Guoan Zheng
  95. He Zhao (Ms.)
  96. Hongchao Zhou