The Ingrid Gumpel Memorial Endowment Fund

The Ingrid Gumpel Memorial Endowment Fund was established in 2011 by Dr. Lajos Piko, a former Caltech researcher in biology. The purpose of the fund is to promote social, cultural, and general educational opportunities for international students and scholars during their stay at Caltech. Programs involving spouses of international students and postdocs are especially encouraged and supported.


Ingrid Gumpel was a native of Stockholm, Sweden and began working at Caltech in 1952. In 1966, she joined the International Desk, the precursor to today’s International Offices, and served there until her retirement in 1991. Ingrid helped many international students and their families get established upon arrival and coordinated many social events that helped establish a sense of community. Ingrid passed away on August 7, 2011.