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About the Venue

The conference will be housed in the Stewart Center at Purdue University. Registration will be on the main floor in the East Foyer. Session rooms and hospitality spaces (coffee, refreshments & information) on the second and third floors of Stewart Center.

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is the flagship University of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869, as a land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students.

The gateway arch at the front of the university walk

The West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 master’s and doctoral programs. In 2013, Purdue’s College of Engineering ranked 8th in the United States, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s. In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 850 student organizations. Today, Purdue is a well known world-class research institution. Purdue enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana as well as the fourth largest international student population of any university in the United States.

The Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, host of the bi-annual conferences, were established in 1958 through the leadership of Purdue Professor Bill Fontaine and a grant from the Herrick Foundation. In 2008, the labs celebrated our 50th Anniversary.

Today we are part of the School of Mechanical Engineering, but the 10 – 20 Mechanical Engineering faculty who do research here collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects with faculty in the other Schools of Engineering, as well as faculty in the College of Science and the College of Liberal Arts. The four main technical areas of research include thermal systems and air quality, noise and vibration control, electromechanical systems, and modeling of human response for machine & system optimization.  Under these four technical areas lie overarching themes related to energy utilization and efficiency, reduction of pollutants in the environment, quality of life, and sustainability and safety.

Herrick laboratory buildingCurrently we have just over seventy graduate students studying at the Laboratories. About one-third are doing a Master’s Thesis and the others are studying for a Ph.D. We have a number of visiting international scholars and also undergraduates involved in research projects. Many projects are sponsored by industry and all are relevant to industry needs, which is in keeping with our mission. Each student has many opportunities to interact with people from industry, including our Industrial Advisory Committee.

Travel Information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITORS:  If you are an international visitor, student, or faculty member, you are required to complete an ESTA Approval form before entering the United States.  

By Air

If you are traveling to Purdue via air transportation, the closest destination cities would be:

Shuttle service is available from these airports directly to the greater Lafayette/West Lafayette area.

Shuttle Services:

If you are renting a car, and need directions from the airports to Purdue University, see the "By Car" directions below.

By Car

If you are traveling by car to Purdue, visitor parking is available in the Grant Street parking garage (120 N Grant St.). Maximum daily rates are $10/day. We will offer validated parking at onsite registration at a reduced rate. Parking is free to Union Club Hotel guests.

For driving directions, please visit the Purdue University Visitor Information Center website to get precise directions. (Please note that the University is undergoing construction on several main streets around the Conference venues. Please refer to this website for the most up to date information and construction maps.) 

When choosing an ending location, please choose Stewart Center or the Purdue Memorial Union.

Additional Resources:

Visa Information

Apply for your travel visa for entry into the United States as soon as possible. Entry requirements into the United States have tightened considerably, so if you will require a letter of invitation in order to attend these short courses and conferences, please notify us as soon as possible. This will allow adequate time to obtain your visa. We will send you a signed letter in an e-mail attachment that you can provide to the nearest US consulate or embassy in your country. We do not contact consulates, embassies or the State Department. We cannot over-emphasize the need to allow several months for this process. More information about the US visas.

In addition, if you are an international visitor, student, or faculty member, you are required to complete an ESTA Approval form before entering the United States.

Authors & Co-Authors

If you are an author or co-author who requires a letter of invitation, please log into your Conftool account to download your letter. If you need additional instruction for finding this letter please email Kim Stockment.


Please email your direct request for a VISA letter/Invitation Letter to Kim Stockment.  Provide the following information to us for each individual requiring a letter of invitation:

  • Full Name (as it would be written in English)
  • Passport Number
  • Affiliation Name
  • Company Address
  • City
  • State
  • Postal Code
  • Country
  • Phone Number (with country and city code)
  • Fax Number (with country and city code- if necessary)
  • Valid E-mail address
  • Your interest in conference (i.e. attending only, author, speaker etc)
  • Dates you will be in the United States
  • Paper reference number (if you are an author or presenter)

Questions?  Contact Us!

For General Conference Inquiries

Kim Stockment

Conference Coordinator for The Ray W. Herrick Laboratories
Purdue University
177 S. Russell Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2099, USA
Telephone: (765) 494-6078
Fax: (765) 494-0787

For Registration & Local Area Inquiries

Ethan Kingery

Conference Coordinator
Purdue University Conferences
128 Memorial Mall, Stewart Center, Room 116
West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Fax: (765) 494-0567