2014 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


Congratulations on being selected to attend the 2014 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 2014 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium will be held September 11-13, 2014, at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California. 

Meeting Format

The symposium runs from Thursday morning through Saturday morning. There is a welcome reception/registration on Wednesday evening. 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.

Break Out Sessions
On 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 15.

Affinity Groups: On Friday afternoon attendees will have the opportunity to meet with affinity groups based either on engineering field or a discussion topic of interest. Instructions will be included in packets that will be handed out at the meeting.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the Beckman Center adjacent to the University of California, Irvine campus.  It is served by two airports: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), about an hour away, and John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA), about 15 minutes away.

Transportation between the hotel and the Beckman Center will be provided each day so rental cars are not needed.

Beckman Center
100 Academy Drive
Irvine, CA 92617
T: (949) 721-2200


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.  The negotiated rate is $133 per night plus applicable tax (12% occupancy tax and $0.12 tourism fee).  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.  To make a reservation, complete the online travel form by Monday, July 28. If you need to make changes to your hotel reservation after August 13 or if your travel plans have changed since filling out the travel form, please contact FOE staff immediately.

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
T: (949) 729-1234


The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego and is served by John Wayne-Orange County Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

John Wayne-Orange County Airport is approximately 15 minutes from the hotel. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service from John Wayne-Orange County Airport and is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. leaving the hotel every hour on the hour and picking up at the airport at approximately 15 minutes past. The shuttle picks up outside the baggage claim area in the “Ground Transportation” area.

From LAX, you can take the Super Shuttle to the hotel for $36.00. From the baggage claim area, go outside to the center aisle. There should be a Super Shuttle attendant, who will get a Shuttle for you. Tell the driver you’re going to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. To return to LAX, you must make reservations 24 hours before your flight departure time. Please visit the Super Shuttle website to make reservations for your arrival and/or departure dates. If you are flying out of LAX for your return home, an alternative to the Super Shuttle is Prime Time Shuttle, which offers service from the Beckman Center or the hotel to the airport for a flat rate of $37 each way for a shared van or $95 each way for a private van for up to seven guests. 

Driving Directions to the Beckman Center 

Driving Directions to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach  

If you are local and driving to the meeting, self-parking is complimentary. Valet parking is not reimbursable.

Depending on need, we will provide transportation to SNA and to the hotel after the symposium ends. We will not provide transportation to LAX. Please accurately indicate which airport you will be departing from on the travel form.