AIChE - Indianapolis Section



American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Indianapolis Section

February 2003 Newsletter

2003 Meeting Schedule:

February 24, 2003 Indianapolis Star Plant Tour

March 2003 Joint meeting at Purdue University with the Student Chapter

April 2003 Joint meeting with ACS Nobel Prize Winner talk

May 2003 Election of Officers, Awards

February Meeting: Plant Tour of the New Indianapolis Star Production Center

Date: Monday noon, February 24, 2003

Where: Meet at 8278 Georgetown Road, Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis Star Pulliam Production Center. Lunch is on your own.

RSVP: Please e-mail President Dr. Alan D. Schmidt, at or telephone (317) 233-5190 with your reservation so we know how many to expect, but just show up if you decide you are available that day.

Message from the Local Indianapolis AIChE President

Our February AIChE activity will be a tour of the new Indianapolis Star Pulliam Production Center where they print their newspaper. We will be joining the tour with the Scientech scientists and engineers. Plant tours are always fascinating and a broadening, learning experience so please make an effort to attend.

Dr. Alan D. Schmidt, President of the Indianapolis Section of AIChE

What You Missed ?

We had a fascinating discussion of various aspects of risk management from Tony Havics of PH2 Environmental, Inc. on January 22. There were many pearls of wisdom including ninety percent of risk management is knowing where to place the decimal. He mentioned having a single focus. Rest once in a while and honor authority. Do not kill the symptoms or the messenger. Maintain technical accuracy to suit the audience. Watch out for coveting, do not make a research project out of a construction or production project. Things will go wrong and you will not know all the answers. Industrial examples were given including black mold where hand to mouth contact is very bad. Tests with 2,4 DCP done at room temperature did not show the extreme danger for human exposure when the chemical was hot.

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    AIChE Executive Committee
    Indianapolis Section, 2002-2003