73rd International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering

Social Events

73rd Annual International Conference 
on Mass Properties Engineering
May 17-21, 2014
Renaissance Long Beach
Long Beach, California


Los Angeles Angels Baseball GameSaturday, May 17: (Evening)
Los Angeles Angels Baseball Game

For those of you who are here for the Board of Directors meeting and want to relax Saturday evening, we have a limited number of tickets to attend a Los Angeles Angels baseball game. They will be playing the Tampa Bay Rays. The game starts at 6:05 PM. Like last year, the BOD meeting will adjourn at 5:00 PM, right!!! We will carpool to Angel Stadium and the tickets are first come, first served. Make your reservation for this event early. They will definitely sell out. The price is $17/ticket.


California Science CenterSunday, May 18: (Daytime)
California Science Center Tour

We will travel by bus to Los Angeles, California, to the home of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. The tour celebrates Endeavour’s many scientific achievements and its strong connection to California, where all the orbiters were built. In the Samuel Oschin Pavilion, you will be able to see Endeavour up close and discover some of the science behind this amazing vehicle. We will depart the hotel at 9:30 am to arrive at the Science Center by 10:00 am. Entry ticket to the Shuttle exhibit is included in the price. Admission to the Science Center’s permanent exhibition galleries is also included. The IMAX and lunch are on your own. We plan to leave the Science Center by 4:00 pm. Transportation and Endeavor tickets are included.


Wayfarer's ChapelMonday, May 19: (Daytime)
Wayfarer’s Chapel and Ports ‘O Call Village

Wayfarers Chapel is located on a knoll overlooking the ocean. It is known as the “Glass Church” and was designed by Lloyd Wright, architect and son of Frank Lloyd Wright. It was designed to serve as a chapel for meditation and prayer for wayfarers. We will also visit the adjoining visitor’s center and the tastefully landscaped gardens. We will leave the hotel at 9:30 am to arrive in time for our 10:00 reservation. Around noon, we will take a 10-minute ride to Ports O’ Call Village in neighboring San Pedro. We will eat lunch, browse, and shop for several hours, and board the bus ~3:15 pm for our return to the hotel. Your cost includes transportation and donation to the Wayfarers Chapel. Lunch and other purchases are on your own.


Medieval TimesMonday, May 19: (Evening)
Medieval Times

Inside the stone walls of an 11th century-style castle, Medieval Spain comes to life as six knights, donning authentic armor, clash in a jousting tournament for the King’s Champion. Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel while you feast on a four-course meal fit for royalty. From ringside seats, enjoy more action, more fun, and more excitement as you thrill to a rousing live jousting tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry. We will board the buses at 5:30 pm and be back at the hotel by ~10:00 pm. Your fee includes all costs except alcoholic drinks and pictures.


Nixon LibraryTuesday, May 20: (Daytime)
Nixon Library

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and final resting place of Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. Located in Yorba Linda, California, the library is one of thirteen administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). After its original dedication in 1990 it became a federal facility on July 11, 2007. The 9-acre campus incorporates Richard Nixon birthplace where Nixon was born in 1913 and spent his childhood. The facility is now jointly operated by NARA and the Richard Nixon Foundation. We will leave the hotel at 9:30 AM and return by 4:00 PM. The fee includes transportation and the library entrance fee, only. We will have lunch at a nearby restaurant, however, the price of lunch is not included.


CSULB Japanese GardenWednesday, May 21: (Daytime)
CSULB Japanese Gardens & Gondola Cruise

At 9:30 AM we will take a quick trip to start our morning off with a leisurely walk through the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden which is a Japanese garden encompassing 1.3 acres on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, in Long Beach, California. The Japanese Garden has been featured in popular garden publications, such as Sunset magazine, and attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year. At noon we will board the bus for a quick drive from the Japanese influence across the continent to enjoy lunch and ride on an authentic Italian Gondola. We will drift along the water as professional gondoliers guide them through the 100-year-old canals of Naples Island. We will enjoy our lunch as we cruise. Lunch is included in the event price. We will board the bus again to return to the hotel by 3:30 pm. Your cost includes transportation and lunch.


USS IowaThursday, May 22: (Daytime)
Battleship USS Iowa

Tour the USS IOWA (BB-61), first of four battleships in the IOWA class, and the only battleship open to the public on the West coast. The USS IOWA saw action in World War II, Korea, and served throughout the Cold War. Designated the “world’s greatest naval ship” due to her big 16-inch guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity, and modernization, she kept pace with technology for more than 50 years. The 90-minute Alpha Tour will lead visitors throughout the ship with a short movie and museum area at the end. Of special interest is the FDR cabin where the visiting presidents and dignitaries stayed and the only bathtub in the fleet was installed for Roosevelt on his way to the Tehran conference.

As befits a battleship, there are many sets of stairs and ladders, which translate into a lot of walking. Closed- toe flat shoes are highly recommended, strollers are not allowed and the tour is not wheelchair accessible, although plans are in the works for improving accessibility for disabled guests. We will board the bus at 9:45 am and travel from the hotel to the LA waterfront dock in San Pedro. We will return by 1:00 pm. Price includes transportation and admission only.


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
5/17/14 Saturday Los Angeles Angels Baseball (Evening Game) $17
5/18/14 Sunday California Science Center - Space Shuttle Endeavor $40
5/19/14 Monday

Wayfarers Chapel and Ports O’ Call

5/19/14 Monday (Evening) Medieval Times $75
5/20/14 Tuesday Nixon Library $55
5/21/14 Wednesday

Japanese Garden/Gondola and Lunch 

5/22/14 Thursday

Battleship Iowa Tour



Conference Registered Events

In addition to our technical schedule and training classes, we will offer numerous opportunities for relaxation and social interaction. Whether this is your first conference or fifty-first, come join us for fun, networking, and meeting friends old and new. 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 – We will gather together in a setting overlooking the beautiful waterfront view of Long Beach and its famed Port and Queen Mary. Our reception will feature 3 separate stations of selected California cuisine. A cash bar will be available for liquid refreshments. 
  • Standards and Practices Luncheon – Enjoy a plated luncheon of salad, charbroiled Brandt beef with shallot jam and vegetable, starch, rolls and butter, coffee and tea, and dessert.  
  • 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 2014-2015, 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 a grilled New York steak with mushroom sauce 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. 

Date Day Price Event
5/17/14 Saturday $30 Board of Directors Lunch
5/18/14 Sunday $59* Welcome Reception
5/20/14 Tuesday $48* SPC Luncheon
5/21/14 Wednesday $76 Awards Banquet

 *$10 for 3-day registrations