Picture of the Washington, DC area from space. Credit: Scott Kelly (Jan 29, 2016). The National Mall is the strip in the middle, which runs east and west. UMCP is hard to identify but is in the middle right.

Picture of the Washington, DC area from space. Credit: Scott Kelly (Jan 29, 2016). The National Mall is the strip in the middle, which runs east and west. UMCP is hard to identify but is in the middle right.

Location and Timing

NEW: fPET2018 agenda and abstract book is released, available to download at this link.

The conference will occur May 30-June 1 of 2018, located at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), which is located just outside of Washington, DC. The Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building will be the host location. 

The formal fPET conference begin early Wednesday afternoon (2pm) and will end mid-afternoon on Friday (3:30pm).

Prior to the the fPET conference on Wednesday morning (at 10am), there will be a mini-workshop on "Re-Imagining the Future of Engineering," hosted by Diane Michelfelder and Neelke Doorn. Registration for that is now closed. 

Thursday evening will have a 7pm reception at the The Hotel at UMD.  Meal choices for that reception can be made as part of the registration signup.

For parking, information on UMCP visitor parking is here, with Regents Garage being a prominent option; another option is parking at the Hotel at UMD, which does charge.

Here is a site discussing dining options in College Park.


Registration and Travel

Registration is now closed for fPET. 

Registration fees are $200. If possible we ask that speakers register by April 15th given the number of speakers and our efforts to plan speaking timeslots. For graduate students needing dorm accommodations (described below), you must register by April 15th 2018.

While we can process late registrations, please register by May 15th if you want to ensure you can attend the reception dinner.

The conference will be accessible from several airports near the Washington, DC area. UMCP is metro-accessible from Reagan National Airport in DC, costing around $3.60 to arrive in 40 minutes along the same Green line. The Baltimore Washington International airport is the closest airport being approximately 50 minutes away, withan hourly $7 bus that goes from BWI to Greenbelt, which is the metro station adjacent to College Park. BWI is likely the best bet for international travel, though the Washington Dulles airport in Virginia is also an option. 

Trains from elsewhere on the Eastern seaboard can go to the DC area.


Hotels

A group rate is available at The Hotel at UMD, which is a short walk from the venue at the UMD Clark school. The rate of $189 per night can be obtained through this link. Other hotels exist nearby. The Thursday evening reception will be at The Hotel. 

For graduate  students and those in need of affordable housing, dormitories at UMD are available. However, students need to register and request housing by April 15th in order to get it. Details are on the registration page above.

NOTE: dorm stay is from Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning unless you have worked with us to make special arrangements 

 2012 picture of the Space Shuttle discovery preparing for transfer to the National Air and Space Museum

2012 picture of the Space Shuttle discovery preparing for transfer to the National Air and Space Museum