News Bites — Week of Nov. 11

Pomona College and Claremont McKenna College graduates named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Scott Tan PO ’16 was selected as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 innovators in science for 2019. Tan majored in physics and is now a doctorate candidate in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At age 25, Tan “helped developed an artificial synapse made of single-crystalline materials as part of an effort to develop neuromorphic computers — computers with hardware that mimics the human brain,” according to Forbes. Looking ahead, Tan hopes to build a “brain-inspired computer system that could enable better language translators, rescue robots, and more.”

Julian Buckner CM ’14 also earned a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 Retail & Ecommerce. Buckner combines interior design, furniture leasing, and staging as the CEO of Vesta Home & Showroom.

— Becky Hoving

Claremont Gold Line station requires more funding before construction

Construction of a Gold Line station in Claremont is dependent on the allocation of additional funding to cover the cost of construction between La Verne and Montclair, according to a statement from the city of Claremont website Nov. 12.

“The increase would bring the total project cost to $2.1 billion. Should additional funding be secured within two years, the line would be extended through Claremont and onto Montclair,” the statement said.

A media statement from the Foothill Construction Authority announced that the project budget will need to increase by $570 million in order to build the full 12.3-mile Gold Line extension. Meanwhile, the eight-mile extension to Glendora, San Dimas, and La Verne will be constructed two years ahead of schedule.

The expedited schedule is expected to potentially reduce the price of construction by tens of millions of dollars annually in cost escalation fees.

— Olivia Truesdale

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