32nd Annual Meeting


October 29 – November 3, 2017
The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Conference Chair:
Vivek G. Badami, Zygo Corporation

Sightseeing Tours


Sightseeing Tour 1 – Biltmore Estate
Monday, October 30, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Cost: $100

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  Get ready for this day-long trip to the extraordinary Biltmore Estate in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  Take a shuttle to Asheville, a 2 1/2 hour ride from Charlotte, to the luxurious family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt. Here you will enjoy a 90 minute audio guide to the mansion and the grounds. Eat lunch on the estate (the price of the lunch is NOT included in the fee), and then head over to the winery to see what it has to offer.  The shuttle will  return to The Westin Charlotte, arriving at approximately 5:30 PM. Tour will require at least 4 participates.  If fewer than 4 register for the trip, ASPE will cancel the tour and refund the entire fee.


Sightseeing Tour 2 – Levine Museum of the New South
Monday, October 30, 2017
10:00 AM
Cost:  $5

Enjoy a guided tour of the Levine Museum of the New South. The Museum’s mission is to engage a broad-based audience in the exploration and appreciation of the diverse history of the South since the Civil War, with a focus on Charlotte and the surrounding Carolina Piedmont. The Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the materials, sights, sounds, and ideas that illumine and enliven this history. The Museum presents opportunities for life-long learning about this history for the benefit, enjoyment and education of children and adults, and provides historical context for contemporary issues and a community forum for thoughtful discussion. The Levine Museum of the New South believes in and is committed to using history to build community. Information courtesy of Levine Museum of the New South


Sightseeing Tour 3 – Discover Charlotte with C-Charlotte Tours
Monday through Friday
9:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Cost $28 (
arrange and pay via C-Charlotte Tours)

Experience this driving tour around the City of Charlotte and select surrounding suburbs. C-Charlotte Tours starts in the busy City Center (The Westin Charlotte) and helps you discover popular dining spots, entertainment venues, sports arenas, galleries, museums and much more. You will learn a lot about the history of the gleaming, modern City and see many different types of architecture from modern skyscrapers to Victorian and early 19th century homes set along beautiful tree-lined streets. Along the way the professional tour guides will inform you about each area of the City including interesting facts and history. Tour guides are Charlotte natives! Tours are Monday through Friday at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Pick the time you want to go! The tour is approximately 2 hours with a 15 minute refreshment and restroom stop.  Make your reservations and pay the fee directly through C-Charlotte Tours.