32nd Annual Meeting
October 29 – November 3, 2017
The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Vivek G. Badami, Zygo Corporation
Visit the Area
Charlotte is one of the 25 largest cities in the U.S. and the largest city in North Carolina. Nicknamed the Queen City, Charlotte and its resident county are named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of British King George III during the time of the city’s founding. Due to its mid-Atlantic location, getting to Charlotte is easy from anywhere in the country or the world, hence its nickname “the International Gateway to the South.” Nearly 60 percent of the country’s population lives within a two-hour flight of Charlotte and Charlotte is the home to more than 10 Fortune 1000 companies, including household names such as Bank of America, Lowe’s and Wells Fargo. Charlotte is also home to the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Some of the local attractions near The Westin Charlotte are listed below. For a more comprehensive list of sights and attractions, visit charlottesgotalot.com.
Arts, Culture and Museums
Mint Museum Uptown | Discovery Place | Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | Blumenthal Performing Arts | Billy Graham Library | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden | Harvey B. Gantt African American Cultural Center | More
Experience North Carolina
North Carolina, one of the nation’s original 13 colonies, is a beautiful state with three distinct regions: the Mountain Region, the Piedmont Region and the Coastal Plain Region. Experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range, via the Blue Ridge Parkway in your car or in your hiking boots via the Appalachian Trail. Charlotte is in the Piedmont Region, and here you will find an urban area with the arts, shopping, botanical gardens, craft breweries, the U.S. National Whitewater Center and the home of NASCAR. In the Coastal Region, you will find the Atlantic Ocean all along North Carolina’s coast, with sites on the northern coast like the Outer Banks, site of the Wright Brothers’ historic first flight, all the way to the southern coast with the historic Fort Fisher and much more! Be sure to visit the visitnc.com site to learn about all that North Carolina has to offer.