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Conference to encourage women in engineering to be held Feb. 4-5

STANFORD -- A regional conference for women engineers and high school and college women interested in engineering careers will be held on the Stanford campus Feb. 4-5.

High school and college students from throughout California and Nevada will be attending, thanks to a grant from Intel Corp. to cover conference and student expenses. The conference, titled "Going Above and Beyond," is hosted by the Stanford and Santa Clara Valley sections of the Society of Women Engineers.

About 300 professional engineers and students are expected to attend workshops that cover a range of topics, including ethics in engineering, gender differences and perceptions in teamwork styles, virtual design teams, and the engineer's role in environmental problem solving. They also will tour campus and area engineering company facilities and hear panel discussions, including one for high school students led by Stanford and University of California-Berkeley engineering students on what to expect from college.

Alice Gast, Stanford University professor of chemical engineering, will give the conference opening address at a 6 p.m. reception Friday, Feb. 4,. in the Oak Lounge in Tresidder Memorial Union.

Carlene Ellis, vice president and director of information technology for Intel Corp., will speak at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in Kresge Auditorium. Ellis, who has held a number of technical positions at Intel, will speak on "Just-in-Time Business."

The conference will continue with workshops, panel discussions and tours. Campus facilities to be visited include the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory and the Materials Science Research Center. Off-campus tours will be conducted of nearby facilities of Failure Analysis Associates and of Raychem Corp.

Kirby Dyess, vice president and director of human resources for Intel Corp., will speak on "Preparation for Future Opportunities" at a banquet scheduled to conclude the conference at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Palo Alto.

Conference registration is $50 for professional members of the Society of Women Engineers and $15 for student members. Rates for non-members are $25 for students and $75 for all others.

Advance registration by electronic mail is requested to the account SWE.REG@cs.stanford.edu. For further information, contact Mo-Yun Lei at (415) 497-5387.



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