2013 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Participant Information

Congratulations on being selected to attend the 2013 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 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium is hosted by DuPont and will be held September 19-21, 2013, at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware.

NAE will be live-Tweeting from the symposium, and we invite you to join the conversation! Use the hashtag #USFOE2013 during the event and follow us on Twitter at @NAE_dc.

Meeting Format
The symposium runs from Thursday morning through Saturday 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 Wednesday evening.

Break Out Sessions
Thursday 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 16.

Tours will be at the Chestnut Run Plaza and DuPont Experimental Station. The DuPont labs that will be toured are biofuels, thin film photovoltaic ink, biomaterials, soybean transformation, solar innovations, tire testing, and automotive lightweighting. Click here for tour descriptions. Be sure to prioritize your choice of tours on the travel form. Note: Due to limited space, you may not get your top pick.

Meeting Location 
The meeting and lodging will be at the Hotel du Pont.

Hotel du Pont
Eleventh and Market Streets
Wilmington, DE 19801
T: 302-594-3100

The negotiated room rate is $155 plus tax/night. 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, complete the online travel form by Tuesday, July 23.  If you need to make changes to your hotel reservation after July 30, contact FOE staff immediately.

Note: A shuttle bus will be engaged to transport attendees between the hotel, Chestnut Run Plaza, and tours on the second day of the meeting, so rental cars are not required or reimbursable.

The Hotel du Pont is served by Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Ground Transportation to Hotel
DuPont will provide ground transportation at no cost to attendees from Philadelphia International Airport to Hotel du Pont through Delaware Express. Please reserve your Delaware Express shuttle in advance by using the special portal established for the Frontiers of Engineering group: Delaware Express Portal. Reservations cannot be made more than 60 days in advance. When meeting your Delaware Express driver, give him/her your confirmation number. For more information on the Delaware Express Shuttle service, contact Gerry Frenze at the phone number or e-mail address below. Philadelphia International Airport is located 25 miles from Hotel du Pont. Participants traveling from east coast cities near Wilmington may consider taking the Amtrak train to Wilmington, DE station. The Wilmington Amtrak station is located seven driving minutes from the Hotel du Pont.

Delaware Express
Gerry Frenze
302-454-7800 ext. 616

Map and directions to/from Hotel duPont

Parking at the Hotel du Pont
The parking rate for overnight parking is $22 per day for valet and $16 per day for self park.

Return to Airports
We are coordinating a group airport return leaving on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. with a travel time to Philadelphia International Airport of approximately 25 minutes. You will need to reserve a seat by indicating so on the travel form.