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 American Institute of Chemical Engineers 
Indianapolis Section

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April 2004 Lia Treffman, Editor


April Meeting - Tour of Lilly Technology Center, South- B103- A State of the Art Barrier Isolator Facility

Building 103, a new facility in Indy Parenteral, is targeted to come on-line early 2005. The parenteral launch facility is a vial filling and freeze drying facility for scale-up, development, and manufacturing of new parenteral products. Measuring 95,000 square feet, the plant is equipped with the next generation of sterility assurance and barrier technology. Barrier technology is an innovative process that isolates parenteral, or injectable products being manufactured from the external environment in order to minimize the risk of contamination.

Tour time will be Aoril 20, 5:30 - 6:30 PM. All should assemble by 5:15-5:25 PM at the B140 entrance. Enter at Harding Street just north of Kentucky Avenue, stop at the guard house to check in. Park in the visitor spaces as directed by security and enter B140 at the fountain. Arrive early as it will take a little time to get through security and to register.

Please have those attending contact me at keating_kevin@lilly.com or 317-651-1698 to register by Monday, April 19th, noon.

2003/04 Meeting Schedule
April 20, 2004: Plant Tour
May 18, 2004: Election of Officers, Awards
June 2004: Indians Baseball Game at Victory Field



Message from the Local Indianapolis AIChE Chairman

These are exciting times to be involved in a profession that has so much relevance in today's technology advancements and potential job growth areas, specifically the major changes that are occurring in areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, power generation, among others. As new technologies develop there is a learning curve that follows, which provides opportunity for people, businesses and organizations to get involved. For AIChE's newly launched Society of Biological Engineering, this includes a greater networking among scientist and engineers, providing continuing education (retraining and cross training), developing standardized information for biologically derived products, focusing on process validation, and reconciling academia and industry needs. Thankfully, there efforts are being pursued by dedicated individuals from industry and other groups.

As we hear about the loss of manufacturing jobs in the state, we want to be more bolder in presenting an image of who we are and where we are going: a strong scientific community with depth. This message was shared at our last meeting with the Purdue AIChE section, in which there were 40 people in attendance.

Thomas E. Leas PE, Chairman of the AIChE Indianapolis Section



SCIENCE and ENGINEERING PRESENTATIONS

There are interesting scientific or engineering presentations given every Monday at lunch time at Scientech except for major holidays. On April 12 Technological Advances in the Practice of Opthamology, April 19 Global Positioning Systems, April 26 Lift Fan/Joint Strike Fighter, May 3 Age of the Universe. The Scientech meetings have a $9 buffet from 11:30 to noon, introductions, and then the presentation from 12:10 to 1:00 PM. Meetings are at the Children's Museum, 3000 N. Illinois St, Indianapolis; use the north entrance under the Infozone sign. Reservations are not necessary, but call Dr. Alan Schmidt, 317 233-5190, to check on any changes or for further information. www.scientechclub.org



The Difference Between Fires and Explosions

The American Chemical Society presents "The Difference Between Fires and Explosions" talk by Dr. John Fortman, at University High School Auditorium on April 13th, 6:30 PM. The Auditorium is located about four miles west of downtown Carmel on 116th, west of the intersection of Towne Road and 116th, at 2825 W. 116th, Carmel. Township Line becomes Towne Road when you cross 96th St. Ditch also goes through to 116th from the south, and you can then turn west on 116th.



Job Opportunity in Northern Indiana

Chemical engineer position in northern Indiana: The individual will be responsible for design and development of concepts, new products as well as product enhancement. This position requires:

  • must have composite background
  • chemical engineering degree
  • 5 years experience
  • knowledge of pultrusion and filament winding
  • will require relocation to northern Indiana

    Any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call.
    Thank you in advance,
    Monica Marsel
    Project Coordinator
    Suite 202
    444 Broadway
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
    518-580-0044
    Toll Free 877-674-7769
    mlmarsel@mrsaratoga.com
    www.mrsaratoga.com

    From the April AIChE Exchange
    JUST THREE WEEKS AWAY! 
    AIChE SPRING NATIONAL MEETING IS APRIL 25-29
    Don't miss the leading conference for chemical engineering professionals.
    Join your colleagues in New Orleans for 14 topical conferences, hundreds of
    sessions and special networking events. For schedule, registration, and
    hotel and travel information, see: http://www.aiche.org/spring.  
    
    ACS-AICHE PARTNERSHIP OPEN FORUM AT SPRING
    Learn about the new ACS-AIChE partnership at a Spring Meeting open forum,
    Sunday, April 25, 4:30-5:30 pm, Esplanade B. Members of the AIChE Board will
    discuss plans for cooperative programs and additional benefits to members.
    This open discussion will include time for questions and comments. For more
    information, see http://www.aiche.org/new/. 
    
    SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MINORITY COLLEGE STUDENTS
    It's time to apply for the Minority Affairs Committee Scholarship Awards for
    Incoming College Freshmen ($1,000), College Students ($1,000), and AIChE
    Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award ($1500). The deadline is May 15.
    Applicants must be a member of a minority group that is under-represented in
    chemical engineering, i.e., African-American, Hispanic, and Native American.
    For more on student awards, see 
    http://students.aiche.org/honors/#awards.   
    
    EMERGENCY PLANNING, PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE: SAVE $200
    Learn how to prepare for, prevent, and react to an emergency at the 19th
    Annual CCPS International Conference, "Emergency Planning, Preparedness,
    Prevention & Response," June 29-July 1, Orlando, Florida. Register by April
    15 and save $200. Distinguished panelists include: Jan Mares, Department of
    Homeland Security; Carolyn Merritt, U.S. Chemical Safety Board; Debbie
    Dietrich, EPA; John Shrives, Environment Canada; Ron De Cort, HSE UK; and
    CDR Tom Marian, U.S. Coast Guard, 8th District. To register, visit:
    http://www.aiche.org/ccps/icw.
    
    NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
    "I have never started a poem whose end I knew. Writing the poem is
    discovering" -- Robert Frost. For information on National Poetry Month
    events and a host of poems, see http://www.poets.org.
    
    GREEN AT SPRING
    Explore new applications of Green Engineering at the Spring Meeting Green
    Engineering Topical, April 26-29, sponsored by RANTC and the Sustainable
    Engineering Forum. You'll find four new sessions, including University
    Roundtable on Sustainability, and Sustainability Business Cases of Green
    Chemistry. Learn more at 
    http://www.aiche.org/conferences/techprogram/groupdetail.asp?GroupCode=T4&DSN=spring04. 
    
    JUST ADDED: SPRING NANOSCALE TOPICAL 
    Check out Nano, the next big little thing at the AIChE Spring National
    Meeting, April 25-29 in New Orleans. For session descriptions, visit: 
    http://www.aiche.org/conferences/techprogram/groupdetail.asp?GroupCode=22&DSN=spring04.
    
    BIOENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR: AICHE MEMBER DISCOUNT
    Get the latest on biomaterials, artificial organs, sports medicine,
    intellectual property and more at the ASME Bioengineering Technology
    Seminar, June 14-16, Charlotte, NC. You'll also find table-top exhibits, lab
    tour, and sponsorship opportunities. AIChE members will receive a member
    discount. For more information, visit
    http://www.asme.org/education/techsem/bioengineering or contact Brandy 
    Smith at smithb@asme.org.
    
    SOME GOOD DIRT
    Frustrated archeologists can get their hands dirty at the Theban Mapping
    Project, a Web site that explores hundreds of tombs in the Valley of the
    Kings with movies and maps. See http://www.thebanmappingproject.com/.  
    
    PROCESS DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM
    AIChE's 2004 Process Development Symposium, "Working Right on the Right
    Thing," June 20-23, Chicago, will explore the fundamental components of
    cost-effective and successful process development. Registration for this
    Gordon-style conference is limited to 125. One price includes sessions,
    room, food, and conference CD. For program and registration information, see
    http://www.aiche.org/conferences/processdev/. Exhibit Space is still
    available. Contact Kiran Gupte at KiranGupte@aol.com.
    
    SPRING FORWARD IN YOUR FINANCIAL PLANNING 
    with AIChE financial services. Attend an introductory session and personal
    consultation at the Spring National Meeting, April 26, 11:45-12:15 pm and
    April 27, 4:45-5:15 pm, Hyatt Regency, Girod Room. Planning areas include
    retirement, college, insurance, estate, eldercare, and wealth preservation.
    Seminar attendees will save an additional 10% in addition to 25% AIChE
    member discount. See http://www.efs529.com/aichefinancial/.
    
    GREAT PEEPS	
    When they were invented in 1953, it took 27 hours to create one marshmallow
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    DETECTION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT - WASHINGTON, DC; JUNE 7-11
    Learn how government, academia, and industry are accelerating the research,
    development and commercialization of rapid detection technology. Attend
    "Federal Bio-Chem Detection R&D Opportunities," "Rapid Detection
    Technologies For Food and Water Supply Safety and Security," or
    "Biological-Chemical Detection Symposium." AIChE Members save 10% on
    registration. Call 818-888-4444 or see
    http://www.infocastinc.com/tech/home.asp
    
    2ND KAZUTOSHI FUJIMURA AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT FOR 
    INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT 
    Nominations now open! Sponsored by Hyperion Catalysis International, the
    award of $10,000 and a plaque will be presented at the 7th World Chemical
    Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, July 2005. Nominations will be accepted from
    March 31 to December 31, 2004. To learn more, visit:
    http://www.aiche.org/awards/awarddtl.asp?AwardID=4. For a nomination form,
    see: http://www.aiche.org/resources/pdflibrary/mag/awardnomform04.pdf. 
    
    APRIL FOOLS
    Many ancient cultures, including Roman and Hindu, celebrated New Year's Day
    on or close to April 1. In 1564, France adopted the Gregorian Calendar and
    shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. When traditionalists refused to accept the
    new date, they were subject to tricks and fool's errands. Great Britain
    switched over in 1752, and April Fool's began to be celebrated in England
    and the colonies. See http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aprilfools1.html?link=tmplnav. 
    

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