2011 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

2011 USFOE Participant Information

Congratulations on being selected to attend the 2011 US Frontiers of Engineering symposium. We hope your attendance of this invitation-only symposium will introduce you to other outstanding engineers and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders.

The 2011 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium will be held September 19-21, 2011, at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Meeting Format
The symposium runs from Monday morning through Wednesday lunch. In order to achieve the objectives of the program, we ask that you attend all sessions of the entire symposium. This meeting is unlike other meetings you may attend where it is possible to pick and choose the sessions in which you wish to participate. In addition to showing consideration toward all the speakers, who have worked hard preparing for this meeting, you will reap the maximum benefit from the symposium by participating fully in both the formal sessions and informal events over the course of the 2-½ day meeting. There is a welcome reception/registration on Sunday evening.

Break Out Sessions
On Monday afternoon, attendees will participate in a get-acquainted session where they will briefly present a slide of their work and/or research interests. Please see the breakout session instructions for more information.  Slides MUST be submitted by Friday, August 19.

The meeting will be held in Building 43 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
T: (650) 970-0494

Lodging is at the Dinah’s Garden Hotel. The negotiated rate is $160+12% tax+$1.50 = $180.70. Because we have a group reservation, we will collect hotel information from you and submit it to the hotel. Please do not contact the hotel directly to make a reservation.

Dinah’s Garden Hotel
4261 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94306

If you need to make changes to your hotel reservation after August 15, please contact FOE staff immediately.

Shuttle service between the hotel and Google
A shuttle bus will be engaged to transport attendees between the hotel and Google headquarters each day of the meeting, so rental cars are not required or reimbursable.

Google headquarters is served by two airports:
·          Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) – 14 miles.

·          San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – 26 miles.

Ground Transportation to Hotel
Participants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel from the airport to Dinah’s Garden Hotel. Your options are: 

From San Francisco (SFO):

Public transportation:  Take BART to Millbrae station ($4.00) and connect to Caltrain Commuter Rail to California Avenue Station ($6.50). Then take a taxi to the hotel($10-$15). The SFO BART Station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (Boarding Area G side). BART is easily accessed from any terminal by riding SFO's AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop.

Super Shuttle:  Super Shuttle is available from SFO to Dinah’s Garden Hotel for a rate of $26 with pick up on the Departures/Ticketing Level from the roadway center island at all terminals.

From Mineta San Jose International Airport:

Public transportation: For passengers flying into San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's free Route 10 Airport Flyer bus connects with Caltrain to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. Take Caltrain Commuter Rail to the California Avenue Station ($4.50), and take a taxi to the hotel ($10-$15).

Super Shuttle: Super Shuttle is available from SJC to Dinah’s Garden Hotel for a rate of $26 and is located on the lower level of the Terminal A parking garage and at the Ground Transportation Center across the street from the Terminal B baggage claim area (see map).

Driving Directions to Dinah's Garden Hotel
Driving Directions to Google Headquarters
Map of Google Campus

Return to Airports
We are coordinating a group return leaving on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. with a travel time to San Jose Airport of approximately 30 minutes and to San Francisco Airport of 45 minutes. You will need to reserve a seat by indicating so on the Travel Form.