The Graduate Career Management Center at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business, in partnership with the Cohen Career Center, and the university's leading computer science and computational operations research departments, is hosting the first ever TechDay. This inaugural event will be held this Friday, November 3 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Alan B. Miller Hall, and will provide a number of opportunities for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Companies participating include FedEx, Comcast NBCUniversal, Conversant, and Google, among others.
Students in attendance will be able to network with industry professionals, attend virtual information sessions, and hear from leading experts in the field. Christer Johnson, principal of advisory services at Ernst & Young, will deliver the keynote address, "How to Maximize the Business Value of Analytics," which will feature an introduction by Kurt Carlson, the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at the Mason School. Accomplished faculty members from the business school will also join executives from leading organizations including Deloitte, Verizon, Comcast, and PWC to share their expertise in interactive panel discussions. Topics will examine the ethical implications of algorithms, and how to effectively communicate complex and technological ideas.
Organizers of TechDay said the event was designed to provide a professional development and networking opportunity for any student who may be considering a future in data analytics or other technology-based career. "Opportunities in STEM are growing exponentially," said Mike Ryan, the director of corporate and employer relations at the Mason School. "TechDay offers the chance for William & Mary students to get a foot in the door in this high-demand niche by making connections with top employers in the field."
The Mason School is assuring that students are prepared by developing courses and degree programs that fill the need – including a new Master of Science in Business Analytics program. "We will have undergraduate students studying math, computer science, business analytics and other fields, as well as graduate business students focused on analytics, and MBA candidates with strong technology backgrounds" said Ryan.
Phil Heavilin, executive director of the Mason School's Graduate Career Management Center, is thrilled to have so many top employers in attendance at TechDay. "We're bringing students, faculty, and industry together to share what is happening in the field and inside companies," he said. Amy Moyer, associate director of corporate relations and employer development agreed. "With TechDay, we're making sure we have value to offer employers and students."
Students interested in attending TechDay must register via Tribe Careers (Undergraduate) or MASONlink (Graduate). For more information, see https://mason.wm.edu/tech-day/index.php.