This year’s annual meeting was held in Seattle during Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27. As usual, lots of fun and adventures was part of the program, a visit to the Boeing factory and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation being two of them as well as good food and drink in the company of old and new friends.
For those who didn’t take part in the Scholarship events and Club Emil on Thursday night, the official program started Friday morning with a visit to the University of Washington and a number of very interesting presentations on topics ranging from “Engines for the Innovation Ecosystem” to “New Mass Spectrometry Technologies for Challenges at the Frontiers of Biology” and a lot in between. After this knowledge injection, it was time to hop on the yellow school bus for a trip to the Boeing factory up in Everett. Here we got to tour the Boeing assembly plant, home to legendary planes like the 747, 777 and the world’s most advanced jetliner the 787 Dreamliner as well as the largest building in the world – Very impressive indeed! And upon return, some of us felt that our hydration levels were running dangerously low and since the plan for the evening was to visit a local micro brewery, the Optimism brewery, we took the train straight there to get a bit of a head start!
On Saturday, the group took a nice walk to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, quite a humbling experience! It is amazing how much good is being done by this wonderful Foundation. After taking a tour of the exhibition, our own, Per Liljenberg, Portfolio Manager at the Foundation, gave us a very informative presentation about how projects are selected as well as about how he, Chalmers alum (F91), ended up as a Senior Program Manager at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. We also got some inside information about what it’s like to work for one of the wealthiest and most well-known persons in the world. Saturday afternoon was spent visiting various museums, or just exploring the city in anticipation of the highlight of the weekend – the Gasque! This once again broght us back to the Swedish Club, conveniently located a 10 minute walk from the hotel, and featured sill & snaps as well as lots of singing and fun.
As always, come Sunday night, it felt sad to say goodbye to all the lovely friends from near and far, some new, some old, all very friendly! I believe we all look forward to next year – rumour has it that New York is up!