"Fuzzy" and "Techie": A False Divide?

April 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
CEMEX Auditorium

At Stanford, the terms “fuzzy” and “techie” are often used to describe students who study the humanities and social sciences vs. those who pursue STEM subjects. What can techie students learn from fuzzy disciplines, and vice versa? How might we foster more fuzzy-techie collaboration? How can we ensure and affirm a diversity of perspectives within teams and organizations? Hear a panel discussion on this topic with special guests Tracy Chou ‘09, MS 09; Scott Hartley ‘05; and Marissa Mayer ‘97, MS 99, moderated by Mehran Sahami 92, MS 93, PhD ‘99.

Sponsored by: Undergraduate Advising and Research with BEAM, School of Engineering, School of Humanities and Sciences, and Stanford Alumni Association.

  • When: Monday, April 30 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm (Doors open 6:15PM)
  • Where: CEMEX Auditorium


If you were unable to attend the event, you can watch the recording here on the Stanford Alumni YouTube channel.

Panel Discussion

Mehran Sahami '92, MS '93, PhD '99 (Moderator) is a Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science department. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Google. Mehran is one of the instructors for CS 106A, the most popular course at Stanford.

Tracy Chou '09, MS '09 is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and diversity advocate. In 2013, she led the wave of tech companies disclosing their diversity data on women in engineering. She is a founding member of Project Include and was named Forbes Tech 30 under 30 in 2014.

Scott Hartley '05 is a venture capitalist and author of the acclaimed book The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World. Prior to venture capital, he worked at Google, Facebook, and the White House as an Innovation Fellow.

Marissa Mayer '97, MS '99 is the former President and CEO of Yahoo! Prior to Yahoo!, she served as Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services at Google. In 2013, she became the first woman to top Fortune magazine’s list of 40 business stars under 40.

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Post-Event Book Signing

Outside of CEMEX Auditorium at 8:30pm, Scott will be available to sign copies of his book The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World. Books will be for sale in partnership with the Stanford Bookstore.

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