74th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering

Special Events

74th SAWE International Conference
on Mass Properties Engineering
May 18-21, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Alexandria, Virginia, USA


Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy CenterSunday, May 17: (Daytime)
Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center

Come see the history of aircraft from a Spad XVI to an SR-71 to the Space Shuttle Columbia. This all-day tour is a must for all aviation buffs.

Transportation to/from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Departing at 0900, returning to the hotel at 1700.


Mt. VernonMonday, May 18: (Daytime)
Tour of Mt. Vernon Estate

Come walk in the footsteps of one of our Founding Fathers and the first president of the United States. See the restored mansion, the working farm (including the sixteen-sided barn designed by George), the tombs of George and Martha, and the extensive lawns and gardens. Or pull up a rocking chair on the porch and watch the river activity as George must have done over 200 years ago. If time permits, we will also visit the restored Grist Mill and Distillery.

Tour includes transportation to/from the hotel and lunch at the Mt. Vernon Inn. Departs 0830, return to hotel at 1630.



Washington DCTuesday, May 19: (Daytime)
Free Day

We are doing something a bit different this year. There is so much to see and do in Washington, DC, that we decided to leave Tuesday free so people can explore this area on their own or in their own groups. The hotel will provide transportation to the Metro station and we will provide a $10 Metro card, which should get you there and back again. We will provide suggestions for how to spend the day and the rest is up to you.


Old Town AlexandriaWednesday, May 21: (Daytime)
Shopping Spree

Old Town Alexandria offers many unique shops, galleries, and restaurants. Join us for an outing to explore Old Town and National Harbor. First stop will be the Torpedo Factory to watch artists at work in their galleries and perhaps purchase a work of art. Then we will have some free time in Old Town before lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area. After lunch we will take the water taxi under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and across the river to National Harbor where you can visit more shops or take the shuttle to the nearby Tanger Outlet stores.

Time: 0930 (walk or take hotel shuttle to King Street), return from National Harbor around 1600.


Chesapeak & Ohio CanalThursday, May 22: (Daytime)
Chesapeak & Ohio Canal

After being cooped up in a hotel all week talking about mass properties, what better way to end the week than to see nature’s power out among the Potomac River’s rapids and to see how man out-maneuvered the river by building the C&O Canal. For almost 100 years the canal was a major transportation route to bring commerce from the frontier to the nation’s capital and even today the old mule towpath runs over 180 miles from Washington to Cumberland, Maryland.

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park is a twenty-minute ride North of the hotel and has easy walking boardwalks and trails out to the islands that make the Potomac un–navigable even today. Here you can see how and why the canal was built and you can even see how it was travelled in the early 1800’s by riding a restored, working canal boat up the canal, powered by a real mule team.

Time: Depart hotel 0800, Return 1200.


Reservations for special events should be made at time of conference registration. Space is limited and is subject to availability. Payment must be received upon request of event registration and registration will not be confirmed until payment is received. All event registration information will be retained by the Special Events Chair and may be verified at time of conference check-in if desired. All social events are detailed in this announcement and prices are listed below.


Date Day Event Fee
5/17/15 Sunday Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center $50
5/18/15 Monday

Tour of Mt. Vernon Estate

5/19/15 Tuesday Free Day Free
5/20/15 Wednesday

Shopping Spree

5/21/15 Thursday

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal



Conference Registered Events

In addition to our technical schedule on Monday and Wednesday, Standards and Practices (S&P) schedule on Tuesday, and training classes scheduled Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, we will offer you opportunities to interact socially meeting new friends and old. The three organized events for this are the Sunday Welcome Reception, Tuesday’s Standards and Practices Luncheon, and, of course, Wednesday’s closing Awards Banquet, where the history and heritage of the SAWE will be on display. All members, attendees, and guests are invited to join us. Separate registration and payment is required for each, including for exhibitors.

  • Welcome Reception - Start the conference week off right with a drink and light hors d’oeuvres with your fellow SAWE members. If weather permits, we hope to have this down on the banks of the Potomac River about a block from the Hotel. 5PM to 7PM.
  • Standards and Practices Luncheon – Enjoy a plated luncheon of salad, chicken rosemary with maple glaze served with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables, rolls and butter, Kona coffee and a selection of tea, and dessert. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated (just let us know on your conference registration).
  • Awards Banquet – The Awards Banquet closes our conference and allows us to honor all those who have had a part in running our Society for the past year or more. We induct our new international officers for 2015-2016, introduce the latest Fellows and Honorary Fellows, confer the Best Paper Award and Student Scholarship, and present all the other accomplishments of note. Dinner will consist of roasted filet mignon with red wine gastrique and garlic mashed potatoes and includes salad, dinner rolls, dessert, and coffee or tea. A cash bar will be available during our Silent Auction before the banquet and a limited time at the beginning of the banquet. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated (just let us know on your conference registration).

Date Day Price Event
5/16/15 Saturday $45 Board of Directors Lunch
5/17/15 Sunday $10 Welcome Reception
5/19/15 Tuesday $50* SPC Luncheon
5/20/15 Wednesday $70 Awards Banquet

 *$10 for 3-day registrations