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Annual Banquet, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2017 Events Scheduled
February 10, 2017

Sweet Briar College is recognizing National Engineers Week with two programs on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. An afternoon session for high school girls in honor of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day will be followed by the region’s National Engineers Week Banquet.

This is the second year in a row the College is hosting the banquet, an annual event that brings together industry professionals, high school and college students, educators and business leaders. The 2017 dinner is sponsored by Google and takes place at 6 p.m. in the Fitness and Athletics Center’s Upchurch Field House.

Attendees will hear from featured speaker Antoine Picard, a lead software engineer at Google, about some of the company’s technology. Picard earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University and has worked at Google since 2004.

Sweet Briar has been collaborating with Google in recent months to refine the curriculum for its brand-new computer science program, which — pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges — is set to launch this fall.

Its director, professor of mathematical sciences Steve Wassell, is excited to join the Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program in hosting the popular banquet.

“Having three campus visitors from Google, including the featured speaker, at our banquet is a real boost to our young computer science program,” Wassell said. “We hope to have quite a crowd, including area engineers and technical professionals, current and prospective Sweet Briar students, and students from other area colleges and high schools. Listening to a Googler who has many years of hands-on experience will give the students a better understanding of what real-world software engineering is all about.”

This article reprinted from materials provided by Sweet Briar College. For more information please visit here.

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