Social Program

Welcome Reception at the Georgia Aquarium

The Steering Committee has chosen a spectacular venue for the AP-S 2019 Welcome Reception, the Georgia Aquarium in Downtown Atlanta, the largest aquarium in the US. The Aquarium contains more than one hundred thousand animals, representing 700 species of fish and other sea creatures with notable specimens include whale sharks, beluga whales, California sea lions, bottlenose dolphins, and manta rays. Georgia Aquarium is a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world.

Join us at the Aquarium, noted “the world’s most magical” by TripAdvisor!

For more information about the Georgia Aquarium, its programs, events and activities, please visit their site:

Date: Sunday, July 7
Time: 19:30 - 22:00
Please note that this is a Dessert Reception, and that guests are asked to have dinner at their leisure in different areas of Atlanta, such as Downtown or Buckhead, prior to arriving at the aquarium
Transportation: 19:00 (for guests departing from the Hilton Atlanta)
Fee: Complimentary for AP-S 2019 registered attendees and their guests. Delegates must indicate attendance during registration in order to receive a ticket.

Amateur Radio Breakfast Meeting

The Amateur Radio Breakfast Meeting is open to all conference participants who hold an amateur radio call sign, but pre-registration is required, and your call sign is requested. The intent of the gathering is to gather support for AP-S student, outreach, SIGHT and educational activities involving amateur radio.

Click here for additional information on Amateur Radio activities at AP-S/URSI 2019.

Date:Monday, July 8
Time:07:00 - 08:00
Location:Crystal Ballroom A
Fee:Complimentary, but advance registration is required. An amateur radio license is required for attendance.

“An Engineer’s Eye View” of the Mercedes Benz Stadium, Home of the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta United Football Club

Led by MBS operations engineers, get a behind-the-scenes look at this multi-purpose, retractable-roof stadium, which opened in 2017, and the impressively large equipment that it takes to run a venue capable of hosting 71,000 guests.  And how does MBS accommodate multi-device use, when at capacity?  Through its 1500 cell phone access points and more than 1800 wifi access points, which need to be customized depending on the type of event in the stadium.  Learn about all of this and more during these engineer-specific tours!

Date:Monday, July 8 and Thursday, July 11
Time:09:15 - 12:00
Transportation:09:00 from the Main Lobby of the Hilton Atlanta
Fee:$15.00 - includes private tour and transportation

Women In Engineering – Lunch and Speaker, Dawn Tilbury

NSF’s 10 Big Ideas: Building the Future Work Force

Join the AP-S WIE for a special luncheon and speaker, Dawn Tilbury, Assistant Director to the Directorate for Engineering at the NSF and Professor at the University of Michigan. This event is open to all conference participants, but pre-registration is required. The scopes of interest of the WIE include increasing the participation of women within IEEE, gathering and disseminating information regarding the status of women, and initiatives for, by and on behalf of women in engineering and science.

For additional information, please visit this link.

Date:Tuesday, July 9
Time:12:00 - 13:15
Location:Crystal Ballroom A/F
Fee:Advance registration is required, and there is a $20.00 fee for the two-course, plated lunch. Please indicate your choice of light plated luncheon salad – vegetarian, chicken or seafood.

Students and Young Professionals Experience “The Coke Side of Life” at the World of Coca Cola

The World of Coca-Cola (WOCC) is one of Atlanta's best tourist attractions.  This year, AP-S 2019 Students and Young Professionals are invited to join this social activity at the museum, where you can experience the history of the world’s most famous beverage brand at the dynamic, multimedia home of the 134-year-old secret formula for Coca-Cola. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, view more than 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4-D movie experience and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the world.  Remember, Coca Cola is…the “Official Soft Drink of Summer!”

For more information about this special venue, WOCC history, programs and activities, please visit their site:

Date:Tuesday, July 9
Transportation: 18:45 departure from the Hilton Atlanta
Fee: Advanced registration is required. $15.00 for Students and Young Professionals; only a limited number of tickets are available for advisors at $25.00.
The fee includes transportation from the Hilton Atlanta, full buffet dinner and as many Coke products and tastings that you can consume in an evening!

Reviewers’ Lunch

The Reviewers’ Lunch is open to all reviewers of the last year for the APS Transactions and Journals.

Date:Wednesday, July 10
Time:12:00 - 13:20
Location:Salon West
Fee:There is no fee to attend the Awards Presentation, but advance registration is required. If you wish to join the awards recipients during this event, please register to attend.

Awards Presentation

Please join the Antennas and Propagation Society’s Awards Committee, as they honor the distinguished accomplishments of the society’s professional community.  This year’s IEEE Electromagnetics Award will be presented to Rick Ziolkowski, Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Arizona.  2019 IEEE AP-S Fellows are recognized during this awards event. NOTE the format, introduced during the 2016 event, as the awards will be presented during a special evening session at the Hilton Atlanta, to be followed by the Celebratory Banquet, which is a ticketed event. The Awards Presentation is open to all conference registrants and their guests, but advance registration is required.

Date:Wednesday, July 10
Time:18:00 - 19:15
Location:Grand Ballroom A-D

Celebratory Dinner

This evening’s Celebratory Banquet will take place in Salon East at the Hilton Atlanta.  It is open to all conference registrants and their guests, and it requires a separate ticket purchase. A three-course plated dinner and wine will be served, and you’ll enjoy live music.

Please remember to add a Banquet Ticket, when you register for the conference.  You can add one to your registration at a later date, however, availability may be limited, especially with purchases onsite at the Hilton Atlanta. Note, too, that you will be asked to select from one of three entrees - seafood, vegetarian or chicken.

Date:Wednesday, July 10
Time:19:30 - 22:30
Location:Salon West
Fee: $70.00 (Advance rate); $90.00 (Onsite Rate**)
** Please note that a limited number of tickets will be available for sale at the On-Site Rate. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets prior to the close of Advance Registration.