2016 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


Congratulations on being selected to attend the 2016 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 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium will be held September 19-21, 2016, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California. 

Meeting Format

The symposium runs from Monday morning through Wednesday morning, with a welcome reception/registration at the hotel on Sunday 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.

Breakout Sessions

  • Get-Acquainted 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 26.
  • Topical Discussion Groups: On Tuesday afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with topical discussion groups based either on engineering field or a 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 $150 per night plus applicable tax (13% 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, August 1. If you need to make changes to your hotel reservation or if your travel plans have changed since filling out the travel form, please contact Sherri Hunter 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 (SNA) is approximately 15 minutes from the hotel. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service from John Wayne-Orange County Airport and is available from 6am to 10pm 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 on the Super Shuttle website 24 hours before your flight departure time. 

Driving Directions to the Beckman Center 

Driving Directions to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach  

If you are local and driving to the meeting, there is ample free parking at the Beckman Center. Self-parking at the hotel is complimentary for hotel guests. Valet parking is not reimbursable.

We will provide transportation to SNA and to the hotel after the symposium ends. While you must do what makes you comfortable when booking flights, it has been our experience that attendees who take the first symposium shuttle to SNA are able to catch flights starting at 1:30pm and later.We will not provide transportation to LAX. Please accurately indicate which airport you will be departing from on the travel form.