VIRTUAL EVENT: Discussion on Tech Talent and Attracting Amazon HQ2

The “tech-talent pipeline package” and the Amazon Effect: Growing Technology Education and Industry Partnerships in the National Capital Region.

Join us for an informative discussion about local tech education, innovation-related investments and plans that helped bring Amazon’s HQ2 to Northern Virginia. Our special guests will be Dr. Lance Collins BSE ’81 and Dr. Kamaljeet (“Kammy”) Sanghera.

After an international search for Virginia Tech’s new Innovation Campus to be located in Alexandria, VA, Dr. Collins was selected to serve as the inaugural Executive Director and University vice president. He began his new position in August, moving here from Cornell University where he was the first African American dean and served two terms as Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering. Lance has led a distinguished leadership career in academics, minority faculty development, increasing enrollment of undergraduate women and underrepresented communities in Engineering, and launching new degree programs at Cornell Tech.  

Dr. Sanghera is currently Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) at George Mason University. There, she and her team support the research community in the pursuit of cutting-edge work to shape the future of our digital society, promoting equality, wellbeing, security and prosperity. Kammy serves as a point of contact to unite IDIA researchers with the broader community. Prior to her current role, she was Executive Director of STEM Outreach for the Volegenau School of Engineering and Associate Chair of GMU’s Information Sciences and Technology department. Kammy’s efforts have positively contributed to the Go Virginia Tech Talent Pipeline initiative. She has taken a leadership role in implementing systemic change to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of women in technology and undergraduate engineering programs. 


When: Tuesday, November 10th (8:00-9:00 PM)


Where: Zoom (to be provided after registration)


RSVP: Click here to register.


If you have any questions about this event, please contact PCW Vice President Kimberly Ho Schoelen '81.