Welcome guests, spouses, friends, and family to the 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Signal and Power Integrity in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Companion Club is your chance to meet new people and catch up with old friends. You may register for the Companion Club as a part of the technical attendee's registration or separately.
Monday, July 31, 2023 • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Grand Rapids City Walking Tour
Enjoy a mix of history, culture, and architecture as we walk the streets of Grand Rapids. Learn about what makes this city so unique, hear the stories from its past and present. See the iconic sights and learn about the famous figures that helped put this city on the map. Learn about the social groups and cultures that helped shape the city. Discover the history of Native Americans and European immigration. See the 1800s building that defined the ”Furniture Capital Of The World”; visit President Gerald R. Ford’s burial site, admire the iconic sculpture and a city park designed by famous artists, enjoy the river views and much more!
The tour will conclude at the steps of Grand Rapids Public Museum, an impressive history and science museum with exhibits on 3 floors, a 1928 carousel and a planetarium. Guests may choose to return to the hotel or stay and explore the museum on their own. General Admission tickets (not included in the tour) range from $10-$12 and can be purchased directly at the museum.
Includes: Guide for walk
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grand Lady Riverboat Cruise
Take a 2-hour site-seeing cruise aboard the Grand Lady Riverboat, constructed in the style of steamboats that operated along the Grand River in the 1800s. Built and launched in 1990s, The Grand Lady has 2 covered decks and is powered by 2 stern paddle-wheels running on diesel engine. Board at Boyton’s Landing, a historic stop for steamboats in 1830s through the end of the steamboat era around 1910. Enjoy peaceful river scenes and keep an eye out for wildlife as we cruise on the Grand River. Spot deer, bald eagles, herons, cranes, ospreys, and turtles.
Restrooms are available on the Lower Deck. Beverages (soft drinks, draft beer, and wine) and snacks (chips, nuts and candy) are available for purchase at the Lower Deck bar.
Includes: Includes Transportation and gratuities
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Tour
Take a tour of 158-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park, and experience a unique blend of premier horticultural display and fine art. Admire a beautiful display of trees, plants, and flowers from regions around the world. Enjoy tranquility of the Japanese Garden, experience English Perennial Garden, visit Tropical Conservatory and Carnivorous Plant House, walk through Victorian Garden Parlor, Arid Garden and more! Explore the sculpture collection throughout the gardens, featuring more than 200 art pieces.
Guests will have a chance to experience the vast beauty of the outdoor Sculpture Park in comfort, during a narrated tram tour (weather dependent).
Includes: Includes Tram Ride, Transportation, and gratuities
Thursday, August 3, 2023 • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Aroma Labs Experience Tour
Your signature scent is like a perfect accessory that expresses your personality and individual style. Discover your inner passion for fragrance and mixology during this unforgettable aromatic experience. Join us for this fun and unique activity, enjoy a personable atmosphere and create a unique fragrance to complement your personality! Guests will leave the tour with a uniquely blended perfume spray or rollerball dispenser.
Guests will also have a chance to purchase additional items with their uniquely blended sent if they choose.
Includes: Includes one rollerball/perfume spray
If you register for the Companion Club, you may sign up for the tours with your own registration. Otherwise, you may purchase tours through the technical attendee's registration; there will be a drop down space to add your name.
Join your technical attendee at any of our Social Events for more fun and to meet more people. We have special prices for companions under the age of 18. Tickets to the Welcome Reception, a great networking time for all, are included in all Companion Club registrations. The Evening Gala is also a fun event, and companions are invited to register for this event separately in their Companion Club or technical attendee's registration.
For the younger crowd, our ever popular Youth Technical Program is back once again to amaze all companions and guests aged 8 to 17. This program will again be free of charge, but please register early to be assured a project kit. Registration for each young person can be made either through your own Companion Club registration or the technical attendee's registration. Your children don’t have to be registered in the Companion Club to sign up for the Youth Technical Program, but an adult must accompany them to the session since this is a hands-on project.