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EDITORS: This year EDAY is open to the public, but registration is required. Admission is $50 for alumni and the general public; $30 for Stanford staff and guests accompanied by someone who has purchased a $50 ticket; $15 for non-Stanford students and free for Stanford faculty and students, as well as the media.    

Stanford to host "Engineering the Future" symposium

The Stanford School of Engineering invites those interested in technology and entrepreneurship to its fourth annual Entrepreneurs Day (EDAY). This year's program, titled "Engineering the Future," will take place Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Teaching Center in the Science and Engineering Quadrangle. EDAY is held concurrently with the Stanford Alumni Association's Alumni Day and is sponsored by the School of Engineering's Office of Alumni Relations and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP).

The purpose of EDAY is to celebrate the spirit of engineering innovation and entrepreneurship. The event offers guests a unique opportunity to hear from Stanford engineering faculty and alumni and to network with others interested in technology and entrepreneurship. EDAY is open to the Stanford community, including alumni, faculty and students, as well as the general public, but registration is required. EDAY registrants also may attend portions of the Stanford Alumni Association's Alumni Day at no charge. To register and to obtain more information, visit or call (650) 736-2240.

"We're pleased to be able to sponsor this special event," said EDAY host Jim Plummer, the John M. Fluke Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the School of Engineering. "Stanford Engineering continues to be a hotbed of innovation, and the work of our faculty, students and alumni pushes the frontiers of education and technology."

The program features two faculty panels highlighting research in information technology and bioengineering. Panelists include Professors Tom Byers (management science and engineering and STVP), Bernd Girod (electrical engineering), Jim Swartz (chemical engineering) and Terry Winograd (computer science); Associate Professors Stacey Bent (chemical engineering), Scott Delp (mechanical engineering and bioengineering), Andrea Goldsmith (electrical engineering) and Ken Goodson (mechanical engineering); and Assistant Professors Shanhui Fan and Krishna Shenoy (both in electrical engineering) and Gunter Niemeyer (mechanical engineering).

EDAY also will feature a panel of industry leaders, all Stanford engineering alumni, sharing their experiences leading companies and their observations of both the current economic climate and a forecast for the near future. Panelists include Calvin Chow, co-founder and chief operating officer of NanoSys; John Lillie, former vice chairman of Gap Inc.; Ken Oshman, chief executive officer of Echelon Corporation; Vic Verma, chief executive officer of Savi Technology; and Magdalena Yesil, a partner of U.S. Venture Partners.

In addition, finalists from E-Challenge, a student-run business plan competition sponsored by the Business Association for Stanford Engineering Students (BASES), will present their business plan ideas. After the event, University President John Hennessy will join guests for a reception.

The School of Engineering was founded in 1925 and is home to nine departments, 220 faculty and more than 3,300 students. A center of research and technology innovation, the school provides a world-class engineering education in part through interaction with alumni and industry.  

Beth Curran ('88) is director of alumni relations for the School of Engineering.


By Beth Curran

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