As the first hints of autumn arrive in early September, crisp air and deep blue skies lure the savvy North American traveler on a close-to-home Journey rich with scenic beauty, engineering marvels, and surprising cultural treasures.
Join your fellow Princetonians September 7-15, 2012, for an exploration from Detroit to Quebec City. After taking and insider's look at the history and future of the U.S. automotive industry with an overnight stay in Detroit, board the intimate Yorktown for a seven-night cruise through Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Along the route, consider one of the best examples of Midwest urban revival in Cleveland, Ohio; thrill to the thundering of Niagara Falls; traverse through the glittering Thousand Islands; and navigate through the system of lakes, canals, and locks that provide a deepwater passage from the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario. Add visits to vibrant Montreal and charming Quebec City to complete the week.
Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined on this Journey by those from the Stanford Alumni Association.
About the Study Leader
Michael Littman, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, will serve as Princeton Study Leader on this Journey.
An experimentalist in optics and spectroscopy, Professor Littman's current work focuses on designing telescopes that would allow for optical imaging of earth-like planets around nearby stars. He teaches in the areas of automatic control systems and the history of modern engineering as well as participating in hands-on workshop courses through the Keller Center for Innovation’s Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS).
This itinerary features a treasure trove of engineering lessons—from hydroelectric at Niagara Falls to the locks of the Welland Canal and the complex system of passage along the Seaway itself. During this Journey, Professor Littman will trace the area's engineering history and provide insights and stories to enrich the itinerary. His commentary on board will be supplemented by that of other scholars accompanying this program.