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SDEIS Seattle Trip - 2019

Day 1 - Boeing and Microsoft 

fellows posing in front of Boeing logoBoeing Everett Production Facility

Boeing facility

Boeing Everett Production Facility

PhotoBoeing Everett Production Facility


Fellows posing in front of a MicrosoftMicrosoft Headquarters - Redmond, WA

student at microsoftMicrosoft Headquarters - Redmond, WA

Microsoft Headquarters - Redmond, WAMicrosoft Headquarters - Redmond, WA

Day 1 of LSU in Seattle 2019 included a visit to Boeing's production facility in Everett, WA and Microsoft Headquarters.

The Boeing Company took root in Washington state in 1916 and during the more than 100 years since, has grown to become the world’s largest aerospace company and the largest exporter in the United States. Today, Boeing is the largest private employer in Washington. Currently, nearly half of Boeing’s global workforce is located here in the state. Boeing’s Everett Site is heralded as having the largest manufacturing building in the world, producing the 747, 767, 777, and the 787 airplanes.

With annual sales revenue of more than $55 Billion, Microsoft Corporation is one of the leaders in software, services and solutions worldwide. The company develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a range of software products for computing devices. Founded in 1975, the public company employs over 88,200 staff members across 85 countries worldwide. Microsoft Corporation operates various subsidiaries, such as Microsoft Ireland Research, Microsoft Capital Group, Microsoft Global Finance, Microsoft Online and MOL Corporation.

The day ended with Trivia where Geaux Tigers Team 1 took second place.

Day 2 - SeaChange, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and Create33

A fellow posing in front of a signMOHAI

Fellow looking at an exhibitMOHAI


Day 2 - Sue Preston of SeaChangeVC gave LSU students a tutorial in angel investing, Venture Capital, women in entrepreneurship, as well as importance of networking and mentorship.

SeaChange is a member-driven, single-entity Fund looking to investment in young companies with strong revenue scale potential, in a large and growing market sector, led by a passionate and determined entrepreneurial team. SeaChange has sequential annual funds, and endeavors to invest all capital in a single year (from each Fund), creating a diversified portfolio for investors with each Fund. 

The fellows also went into the city to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHI) and then toured an incubator downtown called Create33.

Create33 is an entrepreneur center where high-growth technology startups and leaders can connect, enjoy targeted programming, and have access to every tool and relationship they need to succeed. The community is both curated and inclusive, and provides unique value in the high concentration of peers building and scaling companies. 

Day 3 - Gates Foundation, Amazon, and Alumni Event

Fellows looking at a presentationGates Foundation
photoGates Foundation
photoGates Foundation


Fellows at a presentationAmazon Headquarters
Fellows posing in front of "the spheres" logoAmazon Spheres
Amazon HeadquartersAmazon Spheres


Day 3 began with a guided tour of the Gates Foundation to hear about the incredible Social Entrepreneurship projects they fund. 

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Next was a tour of Amazon Headquarters. The Amazon Spheres are three spherical conservatories on the headquarters campus of Amazon in Seattle, WA. The three glass domes are covered in pentagonal hexecontahedron panels and serve as an employee lounge and workspace. The domes, which range from three to four stories tall, house 40,000 plants as well as meeting space and retail stores.

Before the LSU Alumni party, LSU students heard from David Leeds, founder of Tango Card. Tango Card is a platform to bundle simple technology, digital rewards to drive employee engagement, customer loyalty, referrals, survey participation, disbursements, and wellness participation.

It ended with an LSU Alumni party at 13 Coins Seattle.

Day 4 - Intellectual Venteures

Fellows at a presentationIntellectual Ventures
Fellows talking amongst themselvesIntellectual Ventures
photoSeattle Alumni Dinner


The LSU in Seattle 2019 trip ended Friday with a trip to Intellectual Ventures, a company that creates, incubates, and commercializes impactful inventions, and Modernist Cuisine, an interdisciplinary team in Bellevue, Washington, founded and led by Nathan Myhrvold. The group includes scientists, research and development chefs, and a full editorial department—all dedicated to advancing the state of culinary art through the creative application of scientific knowledge and experimental techniques.   

A special "Thank You" to Larry Heimendinger (LSU c/o 1967) who set up the trip again this year.