Making Impossible Products

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Making Impossible Products
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Sloan 380X
Caitlin Kalinowski - AR/VR division at Facebook
Abstract / Description: 

Caitlin Kalinowski has had the privilege to be on several teams shipping products in new categories or for the first time, from the original unibody MacBook Pros at Apple to the first immersive standalone VR headset, the Oculus Quest.

Caitlin will share how she and her teams have found success attacking new problems in new spaces, including ways to lead others, solve the hardest engineering challenges and achieve things others thought were impossible.


Caitlin Kalinowski heads up the VR Hardware team at AR/VR, the team responsible for the electrical and product design engineering of the Oculus Quest, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift S and Touch controllers. Before working at Oculus, Caitlin was a technical lead at Apple on the Mac Pro and MacBook Air lines, and was part of the original unibody Macbook Pro team. Caitlin received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2007.

Caitlin is passionate about increasing the number of women and other underrepresented minorities in the fields of technology and design. She believes the next generation of products must be designed and engineered by people with different backgrounds and experiences in order to output the best possible product. Caitlin is on the Board of Axon, and the strategic board of Lesbians Who Tech, largest women’s tech conference in California and the largest LGBTQ professional event in the world.