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Engineering Students Take Part In Silicon Valley Event

May 25, 2016
Group photo of Silicon Valley Summit in front of Google logo
The Silicon Valley Entrepreneur/Technology Summit group visited Google headquarters. (Ann Jones photo)

Some of the University of Wyoming’s most successful engineers and business minds shared their experiences with eight students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) on a recent trip.

The Silicon Valley Entrepreneur/Technology Summit on May 17-19 in San Jose, Calif., was organized by the UW Foundation in conjunction with the CEAS Center for Student Success, Career Services. Craig Russow (UW Foundation), Ann Jones (CEAS Center for Student Success, Career Services) and Kenya Johnson (CEAS Center for Student Success) served as university representatives on the trip.

The student group included Xiaoyuan Fan (electrical engineering), Akash Gondalia (electrical engineering), Katie Johnson (mechanical and energy systems engineering), Brad Orr (mechanical engineering), Megan Richter (mechanical engineering), Dakota Roberson (electrical engineering), Minh (Michael) Tran (electrical engineering) and Richard Yang (computer science/computer engineering).

These students were selected based on application essays that addressed campus leadership skills, merit in their engineering field and expectations of what they hoped to gain from the Summit experience.

Students heard from Susan Frost of NASA, Steve Hanlon of Elekta, Jeff Humphreys of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Colter Reed of Apple, Eddie Scott of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Kathleen Smith of Albertsons-Safeway and Vinod Sunchu of Google.

“I would like to thank Dean Michael Pishko of the CEAS who initiated this program and has been dedicating his efforts to the UW Tier-1 Engineering Initiative,” Fan says. “This program not only provided me with an unbelievable experience, touching on all facets of entrepreneurship, but also showed me what I’ll be capable of doing with all the education I have received from UW. Our team includes students from different departments and majors in our college, which makes this a great platform for us to learn from one another.” 

The event comes on the heels of January’s Energy Leadership Summit in Houston, attended by six UW students. Plans are being finalized for another group of CEAS students to attend a similar event in California in August.

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