National Engineers Week Banquet

Kip Thorne
Kip Thorne

Come celebrate National Engineers Week at Sweet Briar College! Engineers, high school and college students, educators and members of the public are invited to attend our banquet event.

This year’s featured speaker is Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate, recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

Pop-up exhibits, including display tables, are available at no extra cost. See registration page for more information and to reserve.

Sweet Briar’s celebration of National Engineers Week also includes:

  • a free showing of “Interstellar” (see details below).
  • an Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event for high school girls. Click here for more details.


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

Tickets are free for current Sweet Briar students, staff and faculty with I.D., but must be reserved in advance.


Please register and purchase your tickets in advance below. We expect this event to sell out, so purchase your tickets early. Registration will close by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.

Due to expected demand, unpaid tickets/tables will be put on a waiting list until payment is received. All payments must be received before the event. Payments will not be accepted at the door. Tickets will not be made available at the door.


Please contact:

Rebecca Girten
P | 434-381-6447
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Showing of “Interstellar” | 1948 Theater, Fitness and Athletics Center, Sweet Briar College

Movie, Popcorn and Drinks
In conjunction with Sweet Briar’s celebration of National Engineers Week, the Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program is excited to offer a free public screening of 2014 blockbuster film “Interstellar,” which was masterminded by theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, featured speaker at the National Engineers Week Banquet. The film is rated PG-13 for some intense perilous action and brief strong language. Run time is 2 hours 48 minutes. There is no cost to attend. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come basis.
Doors open 2:45 p.m. | Film runs 3 – 6 p.m.

National Engineers Week Banquet | Upchurch Field House, Sweet Briar College

Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar
6 – 6:45 p.m.

Dinner and Program
6:45 – 8:30 p.m.


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