PRISM - American Society for Engineering Education - 2005 ASEE Annual Conference - June 12-15 - Portland, Oregon February 2005 - 2005 Annual Conference Issue
Special Double Issue: FEBRUARY 2005
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Professional & Family Tours

All tours are subject to change or cancellation if participation does not meet minimum numbers. Space is limited, so register in advance. Reservations will be honored in the order they are received. On-site registration is limited and may NOT be available. If tickets are available, on-site sales will end at noon the day before the tour is scheduled. All tours will depart from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard entrance at the Oregon Convention Center.


Tuesday, June 14

  • 8201- ESCO & Premier Gear Factory
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    $27 per person
    ESCO Corp. is an international group of companies that manufactures engineered metal parts and components for industrial machinery. Its Portland facility includes the foundry, which you will tour. During the tour, you will see the process of melting scratch steel, the pouring of the steel into sand molds for the casting, and lastly, the tooling.
    Premier Gear and Machine Works offers a diverse line of equipment for industries ranging from wood processing to paper-machine repair and, soon, wind-turbine equipment manufacturing.You will see softwood and hardwood processing equipment and how it is made. The company is currently working on a major wind-turbine project that should be available for viewing.

  • 8202- Exploring Bonneville Dam
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    $28 per person
    Join Ranger David Weiss as he guides you through Bonneville Lock and Dam, built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Don’t miss this opportunity to see behind-the-scenes sites and information, as this tour is not open to the general public. The tour is limited to 40 people, so make plans early in order to secure your place on the tour.
    There are only a few powerhouses built since the 1930s to take care of the electricity needs of the northwest. One of the powerhouses produces 558,000 kilowatts, making Bonneville’s total output over 1 million kilowatts. This is enough to supply the power needs of nearly 500,000 homes for a year. The tour will include viewing the powerhouses, control room, massive generators, locks, and the underwater fish ladders. The fish are actually counted, with counts of between 700,000 and 1 million upstream migrant adult salmon and steelhead. In June, you should be able to view shad and salmon coming through the ladders.

  • 8203- Electro Scientific and Multi-Tek
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    $27 per person
    Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI) is a pioneer and leading supplier of world-class production laser systems that help its microelectronics customers achieve compelling yield and productivity gains. The company’s industry-leading, application-specific products enhance electronic-device performance in three key sectors—semiconductors, components and electronic interconnect—by enabling precision fine-tuning of device microfeatures in high-volume manufacturing environments.

    On this tour, learn what ESI does and tour the product development processes for semiconductor products with the engineering manager. Then, see the applied technology for new market development and the manufacturing of semiconductor equipment with ESI’s senior vice president of research and development. Note: You will be required to sign a nondisclosure form before you tour the ESI facililty.
    Multi-Tek, Inc. is an ISO-certified company and a certified member of the electronic cable and wire harness industry, offering custom development, system integration, and cables manufactured to custom specifications. On this tour, you will view the process of making the cables for computers. Tour guides will show the electrical testing and the engineering support of cables, including: wire power, harness, coaxial, ribbon, board-to -board interfaces, and electronic subassemblies. Note: You will be required to sign a nondisclosure form before you tour the Multi-Tek facility.
    There are a limited number of tickets available for this tour, so purchase your tickets early.


Saturday, June 11, 2005

  • 9001- Mount. St. Helens (includes lunch)
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    $55 per person
    View North America’s only volcanic preserve. After traveling by deluxe motor coach, you will stop at the Johnston Ridge Observatory to learn about what happened on May 18, 1980. This observatory is the closest visitor center to the mountain and is built like a bunker into the surrounding landscape. Next, you will visit the Forest Learning Center, where information on the eruption, its effect on the environment, and Weyerhaeuser Co.’s efforts to speed the recovery process will be presented.

    **NOTE: This trip’s availability will be determined by the action of the mountain and level of safeness determined by the U.S. Forest Service. If Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed, you will visit the Cold Water Visitor Center. The motor coach ride is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes one way.

  • 9002- Evergreen Aviation Museum/Aurora (includes lunch)
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    $45 per person
    Visit and view vintage WWII planes, step inside the cargo area of the Spruce Goose, and take a look at the Blackbird spy plane. After viewing the vintage planes, you will travel, by deluxe motor coach, back to the city of Aurora, Oregon’s antique capital, to walk, shop, and view the more than 20 antique shops.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

  • 9003- Columbia River Gorge/Bonneville Dam (includes lunch)
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    $35 per person
    Travel the historic Columbia River Highway by deluxe motor coach and catch your first view of the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, approximately 733 feet below the highway. You will stop at the famous Vista House interpretative center, where you can talk with knowledgeable staff, view exhibits and displays, and shop at the gift store. This picture perfect location is a must see while you are in the Portland area. Then, continue along the scenic highway past waterfalls, ferns, and flowers to Multnomah Lodge and Falls. The falls is 621 feet tall, the second largest year-round-flowing falls. From Multnomah Falls, you will travel a short way to the Bonneville Dam. At the dam, you will learn its history, view underwater fish ladders, and see the largest sturgeon at the hatchery, 65-year-old Herman.

Monday, June 13, 2005

  • 9101- Unearthing Herbs and Cooking Class (includes lunch)
    8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    $75 per person
    Start the day with a trip to the Barn Owl Nursery to see, touch, and smell many herb plants. While seeing and sampling them at the nursery, you will discover the wonderful things you can do with herbs. There will be cooking demonstrations and recipes for you to take home. This should whet your appetite for a delightful lunch at Caprial & John’s Kitchen. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch as your chef shows how your meal was prepared

  • Portland "City of Roses" Tour
    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    $25 per person
    Commemorate your trip to Portland with a city tour that includes viewing its bridges, parks, and neighborhoods. You will begin by passing many of the 17 bridges that line the river near downtown and viewing the Mill Ends Park, the world’s smallest park at 24 inches! Then, you will drive along the Tom McCall Waterfront to see fountains, the Battleship Oregon Memorial, and the Pioneer Courthouse Square—Portland’s Living Room. Next, you will see Chinatown, Old Town, and the Pearl District, which includes galleries and shops on the way to Nob Hill. Once in Nob Hill, you will be able to explore the neighborhood and dine before heading to the historic Pittock Mansion, built 1914-1919. On the way back to the Oregon Convention Center, you will pass the famous Powell’s Book Store.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

  • 9201 Discover Seaside and Astoria (includes lunch)
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    $55 per person
    Travel by deluxe motor coach over the Coast Range to the ocean town of Seaside. You will have the chance to walk around the famous Prom, the early century oceanfront promenade. You can also visit the Seaside Aquarium, feed the seals, or rent a surrey (bike for two or four). If you want to do something more relaxed, check out the shops or stroll along the shore of the Pacific Ocean. From Seaside, you will head to Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. View the city and bay from Coxcomb Hill, where you can climb the Astor Column—123 feet up. You will end the day with a trolley ride along the Astoria waterfront, where you may be treated to the sight of seals sunning themselves.
    Note: Each way of the trip takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes by motor coach

  • 9202 Portland Gardens Tour/Portland Spirit Lunch Cruise
    8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    $60 per person
    Experience the beautiful gardens of Portland. On this tour, you will visit the Japanese Gardens, which consist of five traditional garden styles, an authentic tea house, and a pavilion that recreate the milieu of ancient Japan. At the bottom of the hill from the Japanese Gardens, you will experience the scents and beauty of over 8,000 roses at the International Rose Test Garden. Started in 1917, this is the oldest official, continuously operated public test garden in the United States. Following the garden tour, you will head to the Portland Spirit. Once at the Willamette River, you will board the boat for a scenic two-hour cruise that includes a leisurely lunch while you view Portland’s skyline and river side
    Wednesday, June 15, 2005

  • 9301 Sample Sake & Wine Country Tour (includes lunch)
    9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    $45 per person
    Enjoy a deluxe motor coach ride through the fields of Oregon on the way to Oregon’s only sake plant and several wineries. The first stop is a tour of the SakeOne plant. Sake is a rice wine. You will view the sake-making process and sample cold sake, not warm sake, as warm is only for the common folks. Make sure you eat some breakfast before this tour as you will be sampling sake and wine. Snacks will be provided along the way. The first winery you will visit is Elk Cove, known for its beautiful scenery and excellent wine. Here you will sample Pinot Gris and the "ultimas" dessert wines. Next, you will enjoy lunch at the Grand Lodge, a restored building that is now a working European-style bed and breakfast. The last stop will be at the Montinore Estates Winery to enjoy samples of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay while you enjoy another wonderful view of the valley.



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