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High-tech careers will be focus of Society of Women Engineers conference

The MIT Society of Women Engineers will hold a conference on "Engineering the Future: Careers in High Technology" in Kresge Auditorium on Saturday, March 16 beginning at 10 a.m.

This year's conference, which is free for members of the MIT community, will include panel discussions about the fields of wireless and telecommunications, energy, biotechnology and nanotechnology. Each panel will include representatives from academia, industry, business and government.

Sycamore Networks cofounder Desh Deshpande, National Public Radio science journalist David Kestenbaum and Biogen cofounder and Nobel laureate Walter Gilbert will present keynote addresses.

The event will include an alumni luncheon to give students an opportunity to speak with recent alumni and panel members, and an evening banquet at the University Park Hotel featuring Teresa Esser, who will talk about her book "The Venture Cafe: Secrets, Strategies, and Stories from America's High-Tech Entrepreneurs."

Registration is required by March 9 for the banquet and by March 15 for the luncheon. For more information and to register, send e-mail to

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 6, 2002.

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