National Engineers Week Banquet

Posted on February 09, 2022 by Dana Poleski

Since 2016, the Sweet Briar College Engineering Program has sponsored the Lynchburg region’s annual Engineers Week Banquet. Engineers, high school and college students, educators, and members of the public from Lynchburg and the Shenandoah Valley gather with us to celebrate engineering in our region and enjoy an evening of networking.

This year’s featured speaker is Tara Vatcher, vice president of software development and architecture for Stellantis, a leading global automaker and provider of mobility solutions.

National Engineers Week Banquet

Thursday, Feb 24, 2022
6-8:30 p.m.
Upchurch Field House

Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar: 6-6:45 p.m.
Dinner and program: 6:45-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 for general admission, $25 for college students with ID, and $15 for high school students with ID. Reserved tables for eight in a priority location near the stage and with custom signage are also available for $450.

Register by Feb. 18


Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day


s part of our National Engineers Week celebration, we invite high school girls (grades 9-12) from across the region to join us for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Sweet Briar. Participants will make a fun, hands-on project together and, with the help of Sweet Briar engineering professors and students, explore campus and meet professional engineers later that evening at the banquet.

For more information on the banquet and high school student workshop, contact Erin Geiersbach at or 434-381-6357.

Previous National Engineers Week Banquet speakers

2020: Dr. Kevin Kochersberger, programmatic lead for the first African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA) in Malawi and professor at Virginia Tech

2019: Kip S. Thorne, theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate. One of the world’s leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity

2018: Christine Darden, retired NASA aeronautical engineer, data analyst and mathematician featured in “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race”

2017: Antoine Picard, lead software engineer at Google

2016: Kathryn Thornton, former NASA astronaut, and Assoc. Dean at the University of Virginia