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The 2009 Joint ASCE-ASME-SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials - June 24-27, 2009 - Blacksburg, VA

Location & Travel

Lodging

A lodging block has been established for your convenience at the following locations:

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center: Rooms have been set aside for the dates of June 24-June 27, 2009 at a rate of $129 per room per night for a single, $149 per room per night for a double and $10 for each additional person per night plus all applicable taxes. All reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 540-231-8000 or 877-200-3360. All reservations at this location must be made by Monday, May 25, 2009. When making your reservation, be sure to reference the group name (Joint ASME-ASCE-SES Conference).

The Holiday Inn University: Rooms have been set aside for the dates of June 24-27, 2008 at a rate of $89 per room per night for a single or double plus all applicable taxes. All reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 540-552-7001 or 800-HOLIDAY. All reservations at this location must be made by Wednesday, June 3, 2009. When making your reservation, be sure to reference the group name (Joint Conference of Mechanics and Materials 2009).

About Virginia Tech and ESM

Virginia Tech is the host of the 2009 Joint ASCE-ASME-SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials. Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, Virginia Tech is now a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest number of degree offerings in Virginia, more than 100 campus buildings, a 2,600-acre main campus, off-campus educational facilities in six regions, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,700-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The campus proper is located in Montgomery County, 38 miles southwest of Roanoke, in the New River Valley.

With annual research expenditures of over $170 million annually, Virginia Tech consistently ranks among the top research universities in the United States. With more than 100 research centers, the university also consistently ranks among the top institutions in industry-supported research and near the top 10 in the number of patents issued each year.

Visit http://www.vt.edu for more information.

Virginia Tech's highly regarded College of Engineering has thirteen outstanding departments, including Aerospace and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM), Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

ESM is the proud sponsor of the 2009 Joint ASCE-ASME-SES Conference on Mechanics and Materials. Further information about ESM, one of the few departments of its kind in the US, can be found at http://www.esm.vt.edu. The department, which was founded in 1908, has a distinguished history. A 2005 review by a blue-ribbon panel concluded that ESM has a "longstanding record of excellence as a key element of the College of Engineering with national visibility". The ESM undergraduate program was recently ranked as eighth best in the nation. The department has twenty-seven faculty members who support roughly 80 doctoral students. Its core values include respect, communication, community, quality, integrity, and ut prosim (that I may serve).

About Blacksburg

Blacksburg is located in the New River Valley. The Valley is a quiet place surrounded by natural beauty and bountiful resources. The Valley runs parallel with the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are to the south, and the Appalachian Mountains situated to the north while the nation's oldest river, the New River, stretches across this fertile land.

Visit www.cpe.vt.edu/home/resources/index.html#area for more information.

About the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center is located on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The facility provides refined surroundings for conferences and business meetings, while giving you access to state-of-the-art technology. A world-class hotel with 147 elegant guest rooms and 6 suites, The Inn at Virginia Tech sits on 25 lush acres within walking distance of the main campus, adjacent to the Tech golf course and duck pond. The Inn conveniently adjoins to The Skelton Conference Center where advanced technology is utilized in the spacious 8,800 square foot ballroom, reception hall and 10 other rooms for events and conferences. The hotel provides a full-service business center offering photocopying, fax service, printing services, high-speed wireless Internet access, Notary Public, secretarial services, and mail and postage services.

Airport Information

The Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA) (www.roanokeregionalairport.com) provides easy access to Blacksburg and the Inn at Virginia Tech. The airport is approximately 45 minutes away from scenic Blacksburg.

Roanoke Regional Airport offers convenient connections through domestic and international gateways in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Charlotte.

The following airlines fly directly to Roanoke:

Distance from Blacksburg: 33 miles; 43 minutes by car.

Other Transportation Available:

Smart Way Bus Service
(www.smartwaybus.com)
1-800-388-7005 or 540-982-6622

Service is $3 per person to Blacksburg. The bus operates Monday through Saturday at regularly scheduled times. Bus drops off on the Virginia Tech campus at the Squires Student Center stop. Visit the website for the exact route and times.

Roanoke Airport Transportation Service
(www.hometown.aol.com/roanokeat/index.html)
Reservations call: 1-800-288-1958 or 540-345-7710

Services available include shuttle and private car. Reservations in advance are required, offers 24 hour service.

  • Shuttle: $30 per person to Blacksburg. Shuttle stops at the Inn at Virginia Tech, Holiday Inn, and Donaldson Brown Graduate Center.
  • Private Car: $72 per person to Blacksburg. Car will take passenger anywhere in Blacksburg.

Cab Services:

The following cab services are available from the Roanoke Regional Airport.

  • C'artier Limousine 540-982-5466
  • Liberty Cab 540-344-1776
  • Yellow Cab 540-345-7711

The Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) in Greensboro, NC is located at the center of North Carolina and midpoint on the East Coast. It is strategically positioned at the hub of the dynamic Piedmont Triad region, situated between the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point where I-40, I-85 and the future I-73 and I-74 converge.

PTI is served by the following airlines:

Distance from Blacksburg: 146 miles - 2 hours, 33 minutes by car.


The Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. With 671 departures a day and non-stop service to 129 destinations, CLT offers the following airline options:

Distance from Blacksburg: 177 miles; 2 hours, 54 minutes.


Car Rental Information:

Rental Company Website Availability
Alamo   www.alamo.com    
Avis   www.avis.com    
Budget   www.budget.com    
Dollar   www.dollarcar.com    
Enterprise   www.enterprise.com    
Hertz   www.hertz.com    
National   www.nationalcar.com    
Thirfty/Dollar   www.thrifty.com   Not available at
Roanoke Regional Airport
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