26th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference - September 24-27, 2006
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Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan and several other internationally known universities making it a culturally diverse community while offering all the advantages of big city living.  It's close to Detroit nicknamed Motown and Motor City.  Both cities offer delegates lots to explore.

The sight of USAEE/IAEE's 26th Annual North American meeting is the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest.  The Marriott is situated among a resort-like setting overlooking scenic Ford Lake edged with walking trails and the adjacent Eagle Crest 18-hole championship golf course. The Marriott offers luxuriously appointed guest rooms including high speed Internet access. They also offer a full fitness center, pool and innovative in-room exercise packages.

The Ypsilanti Marriott is minutes from downtown Ann Arbor and Detroit.  The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area highlights include:  The Henry Ford Museum showcasing a collection of unique historic artifacts including the Rosa Parks Bus where a new American civil rights movement was born, the limousine that took John F. Kennedy on his last drive through Dallas and many more.  The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is always popular with a combined driving tour, rare historic footage viewing, virtual reality theater, and observation deck and assembly plant walking tour.  Greenfield Village is an outdoor 90 acre travel through America's past with tours of famous Americans brought to life such as the Wright Brother's Cycle Shop, the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, the home where Noah Webster penned the first American dictionary, and the labs of Thomas Edison to name a few.  There are also numerous museums and art galleries in the area:

THE HENRY FORD MUSEUM IN DEARBORN, MI: http://www.hfmgv.org/ 

One highlight of the museum is the Ford Rouge Factory.   Developed between 1917 and 1928, the Rouge was an automotive "ore to assembly" complex. Henry Ford’s idea was to achieve "a continuous, nonstop process from raw material to finished product, with no pause even for warehousing or storage."  The Model A Ford began production here in 1927.  The facility has been modernized and turned into a sustainable manufacturing facility.     


The DIA’s collection is one of the largest, most significant in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, a scholar and art historian from Berlin, who was director from 1924–45. His extensive contacts in Europe, along with support from generous patrons, enabled him to acquire many important works that established the framework of today’s collections. Among the notable acquisitions during his tenure are Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle, considered Rivera’s most important work in the U.S., and Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait, the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.

The DIA will host two special exhibits in September:  The Big Three in Printmaking: Dürer, Rembrandt and Picasso  opening September 13, 2006 and Annie Leibovitz: American Music opening September 24, 2006

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MUSEUMS & OTHER CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS : http://www.umich.edu/mus_culture.php  Visit the natural and artistic attractions on the campus from the Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum to the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

WALTER CHRYSLER MUSEUM :  http://www.chryslerheritage.com/  The tri-leveled building covers approximately 55,000 square feet and rests on 10 acres at the southeast edge of DaimlerChrysler's North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

MOTOR CITIES NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA :  www.experienceeverythingautomotive.org  A website with links to all sorts of activities, museums, related to the automotive industry past and present in the region.


If you're planning to tour outside of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area, there are many coastal towns for exploration -- most of them within a two to four hour drive.

For more information on Ann Arbor, please visit www.annarbor.org

For more information on Ypsilanti, please visit www.ypsichamber.org

For more information on Michigan, please visit www.travel.michigan.org



September weather in Ann Arbor, MI area is pleasant, making it one of the best months to visit throughout the year.  Expect temperatures to range from an evening low of 53 degrees to daytime high of 74 degrees Fahrenheit.  Summer is the best time to visit the Midwest and by mid-September depending on the weather, the leaves have usually begun to change color.  They are most colorful by mid-October.


This year's conference attire is business casual.  This includes slacks, polo-type shirts, blazers, or sweaters for gentlemen; slacks, skirts, polo-type shirts or blouses, blazers or sweaters, and comfortable shoes for ladies.  Suits, ties, nine-to-five dresses and high heels are strongly discouraged.  (Although temperatures outside may be warm, the air-conditioning indoors may warrant a light sweater or jacket.)






Conference Secretariat
USAEE/IAEE Headquarters
28790 Chagrin Blvd.,
Suite 350
Cleveland, OH 44122 USA
Tel: 216-464-2785
Fax: 216-464-2768