Led by Executive Conference Chair Barry Nicholls of Siemens, the opening session featured a stellar keynote focused on "Meeting Complex Global Challenges for Gas Turbine Professionals", followed by the annual awards program of prestigious ASME and IGTI gas turbine awards. During the three-day Exposition, delegates met with representatives of premier companies supplying quality gas turbine products and services. Special recognition went to Siemens and Anecom as exhibition visitors voted their displays the best. A student mixer was added to the variety of abundant networking opportunities throughout the week. Now in its 5th year, the reception and dinner for women working in the gas turbine area featured a talk from Carolyn Krebs, Manager of Engineering Configuration Control and Data Management, at Solar Turbines who sponsored the event.