“Welcome to Portland! Portland’s fun and unexpected attractions range from gardens and museums to (tax-free) retailers of coffee, doughnuts and books. We hope you have time to explore this lovely little city full of local art, peaceful gardens, craft beer and lots of great food.”
Steven S. McClure Jet Propulsion Laboratory Local Arrangements Chair
Courtesy of Travel Portland
Welcome to Portland! In Portland, it’s easy to find limitless recreation, fabulous food and drink and flourishing culture. See for yourself, and come early or stay late to enjoy all that Portland has to offer. With no sales tax, Portland is a haven for shoppers. You’ll find retailers large and small, international and local within easy reach of downtown hotels. The nearby Pearl District is home to galleries, boutiques, chic restaurants and the legendary Powell’s City of Books. An award-winning airport, efficient light rail system and pedestrian-friendly city blocks in the central city make getting around town a real pleasure.
Foodies love the “lovacore” cuisine, meaning that everything has been raised, grown or foraged within a fairly short distance. This craze has allowed inspired chefs to create imaginative and tasty dishes that are not found elsewhere. Additionally, the craze has extended to the streets. Portland’s selection of food carts — the city has more than 600 — has drawn global acclaim (CNN declared Portland home to the world’s best street food). Most carts are grouped in “pods” all around town, making it easy to sample several carts at a time.
Being close to the Willamette Valley and Columbia River Valley, there is easy access to excellent wines, particularly Pinot Noir for which the area is most highly famed. In the interest of bringing some of this wine-making experience closer to town, urban wineries have popped up all over the city. Additionally, Portland is the largest craft beer market in the U.S. boasting both high quality and interesting variety.
The conference committee has designed a social program that will allow both adults and children to get a taste and feel of the Portland experience. We are certain you will enjoy the city and encourage you to make this an adventure and visit the many scenic sites and explore the wine country.
Sunday, July 10 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Registration Welcome Reception
Join your colleagues for a reception with light hors d’oeuvres at the DoubleTree Hotel in the Multnomah and Holladay Rooms on the first 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 12 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Highlights of Portland
Dining in the International Rose Test Gardens
Courtesy of Jim Fullan and Travel Portland
On Tuesday morning we’ll meet at 9:15 AM at the DoubleTree's Ballroom entrance. Bus departs at 9:30 AM for a tour of the neighborhoods and a stop at the International Rose Test Gardens, followed by some time for lunch in Portland. Attendees will have a choice of venues but we encourage people to try the gourmet food carts Portland style. Followed by guided walking tour of the city.
International Rose Test Garden - Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world enjoy the sights and scents of the gardens. The garden’s spectacular views and more than 8,000 roses make it one of the city’s most notable signature landmarks. Located in Washington Park, the best rose-viewing months are May-September. You will have the choice to explore the gardens on your own or you can tour the gardens with your guide. You will see and smell why Portland is called the “City of Roses.”
Lunch “Portland Style – For lunch, the buses will bring you to Alder Street, downtown Portland for lunch on your own. Portland is renowned for its extensive list of portable eateries known as food carts! Everywhere you look, Portland is mentioned in the press for great food, and lately it is all about the food cart explosion and their mobile cuisine. Yes, you can get fried fast food at some food carts, but you can also find high quality healthy cuisine made with the finest local ingredients.
If you prefer, there are a number of local restaurants in the area.
Best of Portland Walking Tour - Resident Experts (aka guides) will unlock the best-kept secrets of “Bridgetown” as they delight and entertain you with stories about early and modern Portland while touring this enlightened city, rich with artwork, parks, fountains, bridges, downtown light-rail and streetcars, fountains and friendly people. This walk meanders through the most fascinating portions of the city, leading eventually to the waterfront. Remember to bring your camera for great photo opportunities and for a shot of the world’s smallest park.
Arrive back at the DoubleTree at 3:30 PM.
Tuesday, July 12 5:30 to 7:00 PM Oregon Convention Center (OCC), Exhibit Hall A, Level 1
Industrial Exhibits Reception
Join us for the 2016 Industrial Exhibits Reception hosted by your NSREC exhibitors. NSREC attendees and their registered guests are invited to the Oregon Convention Center to visit the booths, enjoy some refreshments. All attendees and registered guests must show their badges in order to enter the NSREC Industrial Exhibits.
Wednesday, July 13 7:00 to 8:30 AM OCC Room A106, Lower Level
IEEE Young Professionals Breakfast
A special breakfast will be held in the OCC Room A106, Lower Level 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. Our guest speaker, Kenneth F. Galloway, is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. An alumnus of Vanderbilt, he earned his doctorate from the University of South Carolina and went on to hold professional appointments at Indiana University, NAVSEA-Crane, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the University of Maryland, and the University of Arizona. He returned to Vanderbilt and served as Dean of Engineering from 1996 until 2012. His talk: Reflections at a Half-Century or How I Stumbled Through.
Dr. Galloway’s research and teaching activities are in solid-state devices, semiconductor technology, and radiation effects in electronics. He has published numerous technical papers in these areas. He has served as General Chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) and General Chairman of the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM). For his work, Dr. Galloway has been elected a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Physical Society (APS). In 2002, he received the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Radiation Effects Award, and in 2007, he received the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award.
In addition, the Young Professionals breakfast will include individuals representing IEEE, the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Radiation Effects Steering Group, and various NSREC committees for discussions on how to become involved in IEEE NPSS activities. For more information, contact Anthony Sanders, email@example.com.
Note: Tickets are required so check the box for this breakfast when you register for the conference.
Wednesday, July 13 5:15 to 10:15 PM
Dining with Trees at the World Forestry Center
Courtesy of the World Forestry Center
Courtesy of the World Forestry Center
Courtesy of the World Forestry Center
Located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, the World Forestry Center provides a unique venue for this year’s Social. This picturesque site includes the Discovery Museum, numerous nature trails, and a vintage locomotive display. The 20,000 square foot Discovery Museum is sure to delight anyone from ages 3 to 103. Attendees will be both educated and entertained as they learn about the importance of forests and trees in our lives, as well as environmental sustainability. Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, the stunning Discovery Museum has been a Portland icon since 1971. Visitors can take a wet-free raft ride, see the forest from a bird’s-eye-view, learn about different people who work in the forest, and “travel” to Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil to discover how those regions are utilizing their forests and the challenges they face.
The first floor of the museum focuses on forests of the Pacific Northwest and the role they play in providing habitat, water, recreation, wood, and a multitude of other benefits.
The second floor of the museum is divided into two major sections. One half of the space is the Special Exhibits Gallery devoted to temporary exhibits that explore art, history and culture from around the world. The other half explores forests around the world and their connections to people.
Beer tasting will be in Cheatham Hall; cocktails and wine will be throughout the facility. Dining will be both indoor and outdoor (tented) with a variety of cuisine to suit any palate, followed by dessert. Popular local musical artists will be providing entertainment across the event. Cocktails, beer, and wine will be served starting in Cheatham Hall at 6:00 PM and finishing at 10:00 PM in the museum. Beer tasting will be available between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. The buffet will be served in Cheatham Hall and on the outdoor Plaza starting at 6:30 and continue to 8:00 PM. Desserts will be served in the museum from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM.
Please note, there are many sites and activities in Washington Park. Attendees and family members my be interested in visiting hiking paths, the Children’s Museum, the Oregon Zoo, the Veteran’s Memorial, the Rose Garden, and more. If you and your family would like to visit the WFC earlier than our Conference Social "start time", then simply let the admittance personnel know you will be attending this evening’s function. As the weather in July can still be cool and have a small probability of precipitation, a light jacket is recommended.
Motor coaches will depart from the hotel between 5:15 and 6:00 PM and return between 9:30 and 10:15 PM, meet at the Doubletree's Ballroom entrance. Attendees may also choose to arrive or depart via either the MAX Red or Blue lines.
Portland Aeriel Tram, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Day Trip
Courtesy of Portland Aerial Tram
The Portland Aerial Tram is one of the only aerial commuter trams in the country. The Tram cabins travel 3,300 linear feet from South Waterfront to Marquam Hill. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the Tram cabins rise 500 feet during the four-minute trip. The tram is actually part of Portland’s public transportation systems delivering 20,000 people a day to the Oregon Health & Science University’s main campus.
The upper deck has views of downtown Portland and the largest enclosed sky bridge in North America. As you exit the upper terminal, take a right to enter an outdoor patio with seating and views of the terminal, the surrounding region and, on a clear day, Mount Hood and Mount St Helens. And our chances for clear days in July are very good. Be sure to bring a camera for spectacular views of the city and surrounding areas. Also, you should have time to grab a “Summit Espresso” a short distance away in OHSU.
Courtesy of Portland Aerial Tram
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OSMI), one of the nation’s leading science museums, is 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun. Five enormous halls bring science to life with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. You can experience an earthquake, take part in live lab demonstrations, see a movie in the Empirical Theater, explore the universe in a world-class planetarium and even tour a real submarine, the USS Bluefin. Located on the east bank of the Willamette River, the waterfront provides many photo opportunities.
Note that there are additional admission prices for the submarine tour and the theater.
Courtesy of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
We’ll meet at the DoubleTree's Ballroom entrance at 9:15 AM and depart to the Aerial Tram at 9:30 AM. Depart to the OMSI around 11:00 AM for free time and lunch on your own at the museum. We’ll arrive back at the hotel around 3:30 PM.
Thursday, July 14 12:00 to 1:30 PM OCC Room A106, Lower Level
Women in Engineering Lunch
A special lunch will be held in the OCC Room A106, Lower Level, for Women in Engineering, sponsored by the IEEE NPSS Society. This event is open to any interested attendees as a chance to meet, socialize and discuss issues pertinent to women in this field. This lunch will also include a short talk by Nita Patel from L-3 Warrior Systems. For more information, please contact Janet Barth, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Professionals are also encouraged to attend.
Note: Tickets are required so check the box for this lunch when you register for the conference.
Nita Patel, P.E., is a Systems and Software Engineering Director at L-3 Warrior Systems, manufacturer of night-vision and electro-optical systems. Nita has been involved in many facets of IEEE, including her current role as Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference Chair, Second Vice President of the IEEE Computer Society and Board of Governors member of Eta Kappa Nu. Nita is your host for 23-24 May 2016 WIE ILC in San Jose, CA. She is excited about leading this collaborative, educational, innovation focused conference themed Lead Beyond, Accelerating Innovative Women Who Change the World. Outside of IEEE, Nita is active with Toastmasters International and the United States Chess Federation. Nita received her MS Computer Engineering, BS Electrical Engineering and BS Mathematics from Southern Methodist University.
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 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Oregon Room, behind the front desk on the first floor of the hotel.
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 (email@example.com) 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.