National Engineers Week Banquet

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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.

Come celebrate National Engineers Week at Sweet Briar College! Each year, engineers, high school and college students, educators, and members of the public from Lynchburg and the Shenandoah Valley gather with us to celebrate engineering in our region and enjoy an evening of networking.

Dr. Kevin Kochersberger
of Virginia Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering
“The African Drone and Data Academy: What is All the Buzz About?”

Dr. Kochersberger, in partnership with UNICEF, opened the first African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA) in January 2020 in Malawi. ADDA provides a free 10-week course on building and using drones, with the goal of both strengthening tech skills among young Africans and increasing drone usage for humanitarian applications such as delivering medical supplies and supporting emergency responses to recurring problems such as flooding.

For companies and groups interested in advertising opportunities, pop-up exhibits, including display tables, are available at no extra cost. Power and extra tables are available upon request. See registration page to reserve.

Sweet Briar’s celebration of National Engineers Week also includes an Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event for high school girls.


Tickets are $40 general admission, $25 for college students with ID, and $15 for high school students with ID. 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 ID, but must be reserved in advance.

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.


Advanced registration is required. We expect this event to sell out, so purchase your tickets early. Registration will close by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.


Please contact:

Rebecca Girten
P | 434-381-6447
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