“Welcome to NSREC 2017 in New Orleans and to the New Orleans Marriott, the host hotel. From your location on the edge of the famed French quarter, almost everything you’ll want to see, hear, or taste is within easy access by trolley, bus, or foot. The conference committee has developed a social program with three very different companion events, and the Wednesday social, chosen to give you an introduction to the sights, sounds and flavors of New Orleans. We sincerely hope you enjoy yourself. As the Cajun natives say, ‘Laissez les bons temps rouler,’ - let the good times roll.”
John Stone Southwest Research Institute Local Arrangements Chair
“Crescent City Bridge” Photo by Richard Nowitz - Courtesy of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
New Orleans was established on the Mississippi River in 1718 as a French trading post and was named for Phillipe II, Duke of Orleans, who was the Regent of France at the time. France transferred ownership to Spain during the American Revolution. It was re-transferred to France in 1803 and then sold to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Successive waves of immigration, by people from both European and African extraction, from French and Spanish possessions in the Caribbean, as well as from the southern United States have combined to produce a truly unique culture that is obvious in the architecture, the music, and the food. Whether you call it the “Crescent City,” the “Big Easy,” or any other name, there is truly no place like New Orleans.
The conference committee has designed a social program that will allow you to explore New Orleans, its traditions, its food, and its role in the American fight for European freedom during World War II. The conference hotel, the New Orleans Marriott, is located on Canal street between the French Quarter (with its entertainment options) and the Warehouse district (with its excellent restaurants.) This central location provides easy access to most of the city’s sights, sounds, and tastes either within a short walk or via the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) trolleys and buses. A transit pass giving unlimited access to trolleys and buses for a day is only $ 3.00, providing very affordable access to the things you might like to see and do.
Typical summertime weather in New Orleans includes hot days and warm nights, with plentiful humidity, and rain is a regular occurrence, so you should wear a hat, include an umbrella in your bag, and drink plenty of water.
Come and join us as we explore New Orleans, the “Crescent City,” with the 2017 NSREC social program.
Sunday, July 16 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Registration Welcome Reception
Join your colleagues for a reception with light hors d’oeuvres in the Mardi Gras Ballroom D-E on the Marriott’s third floor. This reception is open to all Short Course and Technical Session attendees and their registered guests as a great opportunity to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances. NSREC attendee or guest badges are required for entrance to the Registration Reception. The conference registration desk is open from 5:00 to 8:00 PM to obtain your badges.
Tuesday, July 18 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
New Orleans City Tour
On Tuesday morning, you’ll depart from the Marriott front entrance on Canal Street at 9:30 AM for a 3-hour guided bus tour which will orient you to the Crescent City. Included in the tour are an overview of the French Quarter and an exploration of the neighborhood where Jazz was born. You will visit an above-ground cemetery, stop at a city park to purchase beignets & coffee, if you so choose, and take a short side trip to visit Lake Ponchartrain. You will also visit an area affected by Hurricane Katrina while the guide explains how the disaster happened and what has been done to make New Orleans safer today. The tour then traverses the university section of the city and enters the Garden district with a ride along St. Charles Avenue featuring views of some of New Orleans nicest Greek Revival style homes. This is followed by a trip through the museum district for an early afternoon return to the Marriott. By the tour’s conclusion, you should have a much better understanding of what you might do or see during the rest of the week in New Orleans. Wear casual clothing and bring your cameras. Strollers will be allowed on the bus.
Tuesday, July 18 5:30 to 7:30 PM Grand Ballroom (Carondelet/ Bissonet) and Mardi Gras Ballroom (Salons D/E)
Industrial Exhibits Reception
Join us for the 2017 Industrial Exhibits Reception hosted by your NSREC exhibitors. NSREC attendees and their registered guests are invited to the Grand and Mardi Gras ballrooms on the Marriott’s third floor to visit the booths, enjoy some refreshments and participate in a raffle. All attendees and registered guests must show their badges in order to enter the NSREC Industrial Exhibits.
Wednesday, July 19 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
New Orleans School of Cooking
You’ll depart the Marriott at 10:30 on a short, 6 block walk* to the New Orleans School of Cooking for an entertaining and informative Group Demonstration cooking class. Watch, learn & eat as you socialize with your friends! Sit back and enjoy watching the skilled, knowledgeable, and entertaining chefs prepare a classic Cajun / Creole meal while you learn about the vibrant history of New Orleans and its cuisine! Included in the demonstration will be an Authentic New Orleans meal and recipe cards to take with you in case you decide to get adventuresome in your kitchen after the conference. You can even buy the necessary spices and supplies in the well-stocked, attached store. In addition to the chef’s demonstration foods, the meal will include bread/butter, water, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, and Abita beer (a local brew) - for those who want something stronger.
Please sign up for this activity as early as you can as an accurate count of attendees is needed at least one month prior to the function!
*Note that we can arrange transportation for those who are unable to walk the short distance to the school.
Photo courtesy of New Orleans School of Cooking
Wednesday, July 19 5:30 to 10:30 PM
A Night in Old New Orleans
Please meet in the Marriott Lobby near the main entrance. You will board the buses just outside the main entrance on Canal Street. One of the most unique aspects of New Orleans is Mardi Gras, the Big Easy’s take on the Carnival season that ends when Lent begins. Begin your conference social with a walk through the “float den” where many of the Mardi Gras parade floats are built and maintained. From up close, you’re sure to appreciate the hours of detailed work that goes into creating each of them.
Continue your evening with a social hour and then a buffet dinner between 6:30pm - 8:00pm. The dinner features New Orleans specialties including: Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya, Muffalettas, Shrimp and Grits, and Bread Pudding. Take in the sights of the indoor plantation set and listen to musical entertainment by local Jazz musicians. After dinner, enjoy the view of the mighty Mississippi River from the outdoor landing behind the dinner facility. Relax as you watch the great ships carrying the commerce of the U.S. interior to and from the Gulf of Mexico.
This is your chance to share some social time with your friends and colleagues before buses shuttle back to the hotel between 9:00pm – 10:00pm. Wear casual clothing, bring your cameras, and strollers will be allowed on the bus.
Photo courtesy of Mardi Gras World
Thursday, July 20 7:00 to 8:30 AM
Balcony N, M (Marriott Fourth Floor)
IEEE Young Professionals Breakfast
A special breakfast will be held in Balconies M and N on the fourth floor of the Marriott for IEEE member attendees who are Young Professionals (www.facebook.com/ieeeyp). This is an excellent opportunity for newer industry members to informally discuss radiation effects and to become better acquainted. Also invited to this breakfast are individuals representing IEEE, the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Radiation Effects Steering Group, and various NSREC committees and they can explain how to become involved in IEEE NPSS activities.
We are honored to have a guest speaker, John D. Cressler, PhD, from Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He will present a fascinating and entertaining talk entitled “My Take on the Meaning of Life: Vocations and the Path to Happiness.”
YP’s, you won’t want to miss this so be sure to check the Young Professional’s Breakfast box when you register! There is no extra fee for this event but space is limited and a ticket is required.
John D. Cressler is one of Georgia Tech’s most decorated teachers, is well-known for his research in the field of SiGe devices, circuits and systems, is a dedicated mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students, is a leader in service to his profession and community, is the author of a number of seminal books (both technical and for general audiences), and most recently, is an historical novelist (love stories designed to break open the magic of medieval Muslim Spain for modern readers). Whew, scary huh?! Cressler is the Schlumberger Chair Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his B.S. from Georgia Tech and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. One of Cressler’s passions is speaking on technical topics to non-technical audiences, and on non-technical topics to technical audiences, of which he does both quite a bit. The former began in earnest with the release of his book Silicon Earth (now in its 2nd Edition), which introduces microelectronics and nanotechnology and their societal impact to general audiences. He presented on this topic last fall at DragonCon 2016, one of the largest science fiction and fantasy geek-fests on the planet (65,000+ costumed crazies!). He also teaches a course on the topic which is open to undergraduates of all majors and years, and which is required for business majors in the Georgia Tech’s Technology and Management Program. Cressler is also deeply interested in the interaction between science and religion, as well as interfaith dynamics, and he recently introduced a new course at Georgia Tech, a first of its kind, titled, “Science, Engineering and Religion: An Interfaith Dialogue,” which is also open to undergraduate students of all majors and years. He considers teaching and mentoring of young people to be his life’s work. He and his wife Maria have been married for 34 years, are the proud parents of three exceptional young people, and the doting grandparents of five beyond-cute little ones (soon to be six!).
The museum tells the story of the industrial efforts on the home front, the combat experience of individual soldiers abroad, and the broad sweep of strategic planning both in the European and Pacific theaters of war. The museum features immersive walks through dioramas, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts (from private items to old warbirds) and first person oral histories. The National WWII museum is “must see” and will likely be one of the highlights of your trip. [Descriptive Text is largely copied from the National WWII Museum website] While on site, there are two excellent restaurants and the 4-D Movie “Beyond All Boundaries” -- both are available at your own cost.
Buses will shuttle from the Marriott front entrance (Canal Street) at 9:00, 9:45, and 10:30, and return from the Museum at 12:15, 13:15, and 13:45. You can choose any of these times to transfer back and forth. If you want to stay longer and make your way back on your own, the Museum is a 0.8 mile walk from the hotel or a short ride on the Magazine Street Bus.
Photo courtesy of National WWII Museum
Thursday, July 20 12:05 to 1:45 PM Balcony M, N (Marriott Fourth Floor)
Women in Engineering Lunch
A special lunch, sponsored by the IEEE NPSS society, will be held in Balconies M and N on the fourth floor of the Marriott for Women in Engineering. This event is open to any attendees who are interested in women’s issues and it is a chance to meet and socialize with one another. This lunch will also include a short talk by Mary Beth Stevens, Los Alamos National Laboratory on “Negotiation and Communication”. For more information, please Heather Quinn at email@example.com.
Note: Tickets are required so check the box for this lunch when you register for the conference.
Mary Beth Stevens has over 25 years experience in crisis response & conflict resolution, including 16 years as organizational ombuds in a 10,000-person national laboratory. Her educational background in psychology has been made practical by a couple of decades as an ombuds, mediator, critical incident debriefer and facilitator of trauma survivor groups. She regularly provides training on conflict resolution, communications and negotiations skills and is certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health as a Mental Health First Aid instructor.
This presentation distills research from several top resources into communication strategies which are immediately applicable in workplace and personal relationships. The focus is on creating interpersonal safety for problem-solving conversations and modifying the stories we tell about conflict and each other.
Aerobics and Stretching
Dave Bushmire, our nationally certified fitness instructor, will be inserting a thirty-minute full body stretching session to his aerobics class. The class will begin with thirty minutes of low impact aerobics followed by a stretching session designed to increase your flexibility and range of motion, decrease joint pain, back pain and chance of falling, while reducing stress, depression and fatigue. You will learn a set of stretches that can be done daily to enjoy an active and happy life style.
As in prior conferences, the classes will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Iberville Room on the fourth floor of the Marriott.
Participation: All participants in the NSREC activities must be conference attendees, registered guests of a conference attendee, registered exhibitors or registered guests of an exhibitor. Any children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times; no children will be allowed to attend any function without this adult supervision.
Cancellation: To encourage advance registration for conference social activities, NSREC will refund all activity fees for conference attendees and/or their companions who, for any reason, are unable to attend the conference as long as that notice is provided as follows. If your plans change after your Activities Registration form is submitted, simply request a refund by notifying ETCic via fax (720-733-2046) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than June 23.
Wheelchairs and Strollers: Both wheelchairs and strollers can be stored in the luggage compartment of the buses but please note that you must provide your own personnel to push these devices.