Fireside Chat with Dr. John Hennessy - Chairman Alphabet Inc.

Join us for an exciting Fireside Chat opportunity with the Chairman of Alphabet, Dr. John Hennessy! Learn from his experiences, and submit any questions that you have (instructions in the event description). He will be discussing his journey from technology entrepreneur, to Stanford President, and his role as Chair of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

Oct 14, 2020, 11:00 PM – Oct 15, 2020, 12:00 AM



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About this Event

Join us for a one-hour session with Alphabet Chairman John Hennessy on October 14th, 2020 at 7:00 PM EDT. We’ll discuss his journey from technology entrepreneur to Stanford President, as well as his role as Chair of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. Dr. Hennessy is also an alumnus of Villanova University and will share his experience as a student and advise current students.

We encourage you to submit your questions via Twitter, YouTube or Instagram with #AskDrHennessy prior to the event to be featured. We encourage you to use this format (both for video, and text):

“I am <name> from <uni/school name> <country>, studying <major> and my question is <question>”

Keep it short and simple!

About Dr. John Hennessy

John Hennessy is the Chairman of Alphabet Inc., the holding company which contains Google and its former subsidiaries, such as Waymo and X. Nicknamed “the godfather of Silicon Valley”, Dr. Hennessy has been one of the leaders of the computing revolution over the past forty years.

Dr. Hennessy earned his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University in 1973 before completing both master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science at Stony Brook University. In 1984 he co-founded MIPS Computer Systems to develop high-speed computer processors, and in 1992 the company sold for $333 million. Afterward, Dr. Hennessy led the Stanford computer systems laboratory. He rose rapidly, becoming dean of the school of engineering in 1996. In 2000, he became the tenth president of Stanford University. After stepping down as president of the university, Dr. Hennessy co-founded the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, where he became the inaugural Shriram Family Director of the program in September 2016. Knight-Hennessy Scholars program sponsors brilliant students around the world to complete their graduate studies at Stanford. In 2017 he won the prestigious Turing Award for his contributions to computing, and today he continues to improve the world through technology as he helms Alphabet.


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