Faculty In Residence

Students at Beckman Institute Lawn
Students watching a movie.
Professor Rangel and students
Students at Beckman Institute Lawn
Students watching a movie.
Professor Rangel and students

Current Faculty in Residence

Antonio Rangel

Bing Professor of Neuroscience, Behavioral Biology and Economics; Head Faculty in Residence, Bechtel Residence, 2018-; Faculty in Residence, Avery House, 2015 - 2018

Professor Antonio Rangel is a professor of neuroscience, behavioral science and economics. He earned his B.S. at Caltech and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1998. Prior to joining Caltech in 2006 in the Division of Humanities and Social Science, Prof. Rangel was an assistant professor of economics at Stanford from 1998 to 2006, as well as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The Rangel Neuroeconomics Laboratory studies the computational and neurobiological basis of decision-making and the applications of this knowledge to economics, psychiatry and the development of ‘neurotechnologies' designed to improve decision-making. The primary focus of his lab is on understanding how the brain computes and compares values to make simple choices.

His role as Faculty in Residence (FIR) in Avery House began in 2015. Prof. Rangel and his family are passionate about enhancing the residential experience of Caltech students. The Rangel family are actively engaged with the residents, and invitations to his residence are frequent as are the emails from his children asking residents to join the family for an adventure nearby.

In August 2018 Prof. Rangel was appointed as the Head FIR and he and his family moved into Bechtel Residence in September. His expanded role includes helping to grow the FIR program and to assist the FIRs with programming and resident engagement.

Jess Adkins

Smits Family Professor of Geochemistry and Global Environmental Science; Faculty in Residence, Avery House; 2017 -

Professor Jess Adkins is a chemical oceanographer interested in using trace metals as tracers of environmental processes. He earned his B.S. in chemistry from Haverford College in 1990, and a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography, paleoclimatology, and geochemistry from MIT in 1998. After a short postdoctoral fellow appointment at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the University of Minnesota, in 2000 he began his career at Caltech in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS).

As the Smits Family Professor of Geochemistry and Global Environmental Science, most of his current research is centered around the geochemical investigation of past climates. He is primarily concerned with the last few glacial/interglacial cycles that span a few hundred thousand years. As an oceanographer, he tries to understand the coupled ocean/atmosphere system during these shifts by monitoring the deep ocean's behavior.

His role as Faculty in Residence in Avery House began in 2017. In this role, he is bringing his passion for teaching and mentoring in the classroom to the residents of Avery House. He and his family enjoy being part of the Avery House community.

Konstantin Batygin

Professor of Planetary Science; Faculty in Residence, Avery House; 2018 -

Konstantin Batygin is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Caltech's Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences (GPS). He received his B.S. in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2008, and subsequently earned a Ph.D. in planetary science from Caltech in 2012. Prior to joining the faculty in 2014, Batygin was a postdoctoral scholar at Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur in Nice, France, and Harvard University.

Professor Batygin's research interests primarily lie in the field of planetary astrophysics. He is fascinated by a wide range of problems related to the formation and evolution of the solar system, dynamical evolution of exoplanets, as well as physical processes that occur in planetary interiors and atmospheres. When not doing science, he moonlights as the lead singer and guitarist in the rock band, The Seventh Season.

Laura Doval

Assistant Professor of Economics; Faculty in Residence, Bechtel Residence; 2018 -

Laura Doval is an Assistant Professor of Economics. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University in 2016. Prior to joining Caltech in 2017, she spent a year at Yale University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics.

Professor Doval is an economic theorist interested in understanding interactions in dynamic environments. Her research focuses on the design of dynamic matching markets, like the allocation of deceased-donor organs, school choice, and ride-sharing platforms, mechanism design, and information economics.