Sweet Briar to host Google-sponsored National Engineers Week Banquet, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Janika Carey

Sweet Briar College is recognizing National Engineers Week with two programs on Thursday, Feb. 23. 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.

Antoine Picard is a lead software engineer at Google. Antoine Picard is a lead software engineer at Google.

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.”

The event will kick off with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program from 7 to 8:30.

Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for college students with I.D., and $10 for high school students with I.D. Reserved tables for eight are available for $350. There is no charge for Sweet Briar faculty, staff or students. Advanced registration is required and will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20.

Pop-up exhibits, including display tables, are available at no extra cost. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit our website.

Before the evening program gets underway, Sweet Briar will host a free afternoon event for high school girls to celebrate the 16th annual Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day. From 2-5 p.m., participants will engage in hands-on design projects with engineering and computer science faculty in the Guion Engineering Lab, followed by a Q&A session with Google’s guest engineers.

Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day participants will receive free tickets to the banquet and talk.

For more information about both events, contact Rebecca Girten at (434) 381-6447 or rgirten@sbc.edu.