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