Sweet Briar hosts National Engineers Week Banquet featuring head Google engineers

Antoine Picard is a head engineer at Google (Sweet Briar College)

SWEET BRIAR, Va. (WSET) - Sweet Briar College will be hosting two programs on February 23 to recognize National Engineers Week. The college will hold and afternoon session for high school girls and the region's National Engineers Week Banquet.

The women's college has been collaborating with Google to refine the curriculum for their new computer science program that's set to launch Fall 2017.

Before the banquet, there will be a free afternoon event for high school girls to celebrate 16th annual Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day. That event will be from 2 to 5 p.m and will include a Q&A session with Google's guest engineers.

“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 drinks at 6 before the program starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for college students with I.D., and $10 for high school students with I.D.

This year marks the second time Sweet Briar has hosted the banquet.

For more information about both events, contact Rebecca Girten at (434) 381-6447 or

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