1. California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology (CalTech) is a private science and engineering institute located in Pasadena, California. There are 2,255 students enrolled at CalTech, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 3:1. This is one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios as CalTech employees over 300 professorial faculty. There are also over 600 research scholars. Academic divisions include Biology and Engineering, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Engineering & Applied Science, Geological & Planetary Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy. According to U.S. News CalTech is the 12th best school in the nation tied with Northwestern University and the 5th best school according to their global university ranking. The institute manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA and owns and operates large-scale research facilities, astronomical observatories, and regularly launches exploratory probes into space. In 2016 LIGO, located at CalTech, observed gravitational waves for the first time. We selected CalTech for their academic reputation, impact of research, incredible student-to-faculty ratio, and the high percentage of international students.
The world-renowned Division of Engineering at Caltech provides state-of-the-art equipment and of course the best minds in myriad fields of engineering. The departments are: Aerospace, Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering, Applied Physics & Materials Science, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science & Engineering, and Mechanical and Civil Engineering. Additionally the division of engineering has close ties with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Each department has unique offerings, and a rich history. The GALCIT Department of Aerospace whose history may be explored in detail here , focuses on fundamentals and advanced diagnosis as well as bio-inspired engineering, space science and technology. In fact, the department takes an interdisciplinary view of mechanics- through fluid solid, and material graduate training. Many other fields at CalTech also use multidisciplinary approaches. The Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences has a long lineage of great minds, incredible research output, and an approach that works with the many facets of engineering.