Team Impact Award
Caltech is comprised of many teams working collaboratively to accomplish amazing things. In recognition of the great work of teams the Team Impact Award was introduced in 2016.
The award recognizes and rewards those teams that make significant contributions to the work and mission of the Institute. Teams who receive the award should be able to demonstrate that their work impacted and supported the research and/or education programs at the Institute.
2022 Winner: The Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO)
The Institute honored the Owens Valley Radio Observatory for its work to design, construct, and commission three major National Science Foundation-funded projects with a combined cost of more than $10 million despite obstacles created by COVID-19, such as the facility being closed for three months in 2020.
2021 Winner: Academic Media Technologies
The Institute honored Academic Media Technologies for their hard work supporting, hosting, and implementing all virtual classes, events, and large meetings for Caltech during COVID-19. One nominator wrote, "AMT has always been a stellar team that's supported campus activities with a standard of professionalism and care that sets the bar for excellence. However, during COVID-19, their implementation of Zoom-based events, workshops, and online classes has been a tremendous feat, and I cannot say enough good things about how well they work together as a team, seemingly unfazed by any challenge. Their positivity, grace, and expertise is unparalleled."
2020 Winner: Essential Workers
2019 Winner: Caltech Connect Trainers
The Institute honored the Caltech Connect trainers, created by Student Wellness Services in 2018 as a depression- and suicide-prevention resource, for its work in training more than 400 members of the Caltech community to help identify and assist students in need of counseling or other resources.
2018 Winner: Procurement and IMSS Teams
The Procurement and IMSS teams' P2P project—which saw members working with vendors, Caltech divisions, and employees to implement a new and efficient payment-and-invoice processing system for the Institute—"meaningfully responded to years of frustrations many [on campus] had with old ways of integrating purchasing and payments," one nominator wrote. "This has taken an incredible amount of effort, and yet they have maintained positive, even cheerful attitudes throughout."
2017 Winner: Caltech Center for Diversity
The Caltech Center for Diversity (CCD) mission is to provide education, advocacy, and allyship in order to increase institutional and personal capacity for diversity, ensuring a community committed to equity and inclusive excellence.
2016 Winner: CTLO
Founded in 2012, the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach (CTLO) supports Caltech's educational mission through services including: working with faculty and teaching assistants on teaching methods and course design; fostering opportunities for students to grow as mentors, leaders and tutors; and connecting Institute researchers with K-12 teachers and students through outreach programs.