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Engineering Student Silicon Valley Visit

January 13, 2017
Silicon Valley Visit
J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines tour

Some of UW’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 Aug. 22–25 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 Keener Fry (alumni association executive director) served as university representatives on the trip.

The student group included James Scott (computer science), Kyle Gilman (electrical engineering/bioengineering), Jake Streett (computer science), Cody Sackett (chemical engineering and finance), Maja Gorsic (electrical engineering), Zephaniah Connell (computer engineering), Austen Williamson (mechanical engineering and management) and Alexander Brown (chemical engineering). Carl Frick (mechanical engineering department head), Dennis Coon (H.T. Person Professor) and Jon Benson (chief executive officer, Wyoming Technology Business Center) represented the UW faculty on the trip.

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 Colter Reed (B.S. ’00, electrical engineering) of Apple; Steve Hanlon (B.S. ’75, electrical engineering) of Elekta; Jeff Humphreys (B.S. ’89, accounting) and Jerry Lohr, president and CEO of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Josh McFarland of Twitter; Punit Soni (M.S. ’00, electrical engineering) of Social Capital Office; and Jessica Schlicting (B.S. ’10, petroleum engineering) of Shell. These students also visited The History of Computer Science Museum.

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