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Plans continue for the 37th Annual Meeting and Technical Conference in Pittsburgh.  Our title, “Industry Applications Society”, implies that support from Industry is crucial to the success of the Society as well as the success of the Annual Meeting & Technical Conference.  Pittsburgh is home to many of the industries that have been involved in our Society and since the Local Committee is striving to make this the “best ever” IAS Technical Conference, we are calling on these industries for assistance.   We have already “honed in” on three key corporate entities that have supported the IAS Annual Meeting for many years.  Powerex, Robicon, and Bombardier will host our groups at their facilities as a part of the technical tours during the conference.  The Local Committee is arranging these tours so they do not conflict with the technical sessions related to the products manufactured at the tour sites.  A “metals” facility may also be added to the industrial tour list.

Exhibits have been a key part of the Annual Meeting for the past several years.  While our attendees have valued this corporate involvement, the expenses associated with exhibiting continue to limit the number of participants.  Therefore, we will have a different venue for exhibits beginning with the 2002 Annual Meeting.  All corporate sponsors are encouraged to host hospitality rooms, and since most of the exhibits can be shown as “table top” displays, exhibiting will be permitted in the hospitality rooms. A Vendor Etiquette Guide will be followed and all hospitality rooms will be booked through the Local Committee.  Watch for more information on this subject at the 2002 Annual Meeting website-http://www.ias2002.org/.

 The conference will officially open on Sunday evening with a dinner cruise of Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers on the glorious Majestic paddle wheeler.  Your host committee is planning a fun filled evening.   Spouse/Guest Tours are being finalized for two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces – Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob.  Both are situated in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands and the scenic ride alone will be well worth the trip.  If your spouse/guest has not joined you at past Annual Meetings, you definitely want to communicate this information so they may plan on attending the 2002 event. This promises to be that special time to make new acquaintances and renew those old ones.

Come and join us for the 2002 Annual Meeting.  Your Pittsburgh Local Committee promises you will have the time of your life!


Steve Swencki

Conference General Chairman