D I S T I L L A T E S  Newsletter
 American Institute of Chemical Engineers 
Indianapolis Section

February 2005 Newsletter
Editor: Lia Treffman

February Meeting --  "Careers in Chemical Engineering"

This month's meeting will be a Joint Meeting of the Indianapolis Section of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers and The Student Chapter of AIChE at Purdue University.  The evening will consist of an open forum during which we will present our personal experiences from the beginnings of our careers to give the students an idea of what graduating Chemical Engineers can expect as they enter the "real world."

This meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 21, 2005 at 6:00-8:00pm and will be held at Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering (FRNY) room G124 on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Dinner appropriate for our college meeting will be provided.

Forney Hall is located between Stadium Mall Drive and Northwestern Avenue and faces the Purdue Mall. 
Convenient parking is located on Northwestern Avenue at Sylvia Street which is adjacent to the Visitor Information Center. 

For a detailed map go to the following link;

For those wishing to carpool please meet at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown,
350 West Maryland.  Cars will be leaving at 4:30 pm, please don’t late.

Please RSVP to Dan Harper at or at 317/234-3615.

2005 Meeting Schedule:

February 21, 2005: (Monday) Joint meeting at Purdue University with the Student Chapter

March 24, 2005: Presentation by Hershey Foods; this meeting will be held in conjunction with the American Chemical Society

April 19, 2005: Dinner Meeting

May 17, 2005: Annual meeting of the local section

June 21, 2005: Indians Baseball at Victory Field

Message from the Local Indianapolis AIChE Chairman 

There is a re-occurring question for most clubs and organizations that must depend on volunteers to make them run smoothly, “Where are the leaders?” Many individuals are unaware of the potential inside them, some think they could not possibly be a leader or that they couldn’t possibly have leadership qualities. But everyone has the ability to learn to lead and there is no better place to develop your leadership skills then by becoming an officer of your Indianapolis AIChE section. It takes a little work but there are many rewards when you become a leader. You become better at expressing your views, better at being able to listen and find common ground, and you gain confidence. It is also a great way to form new friendships.

Now is a great time to join as a volunteer leader in AIChE. Just drop a line to our Vice Chairperson, Dan Harper, the Distillates editor, Lia Treffman, the Chairperson, Kevin Keating, or any officer listed in the Distillates. All of us will be happy to help you become more active in AIChE.

Next month’s event will be a joint meeting with the American Chemical Society. Craig Moyer from Hershey Foods will be presenting a program on the development and production of "Hershey Chocolate Kisses." This meeting is scheduled for March 24, 2005 at the Embassy Suites on the north side of Indianapolis. More information will be in the next issue of the Distillates. Please mark your calendars now.

Kevin Keating, Chairperson

"Chemical Engineering -- At the Cross Roads of Technology" Symposium

The Chicago 2005 Section Symposium titled  “Chemical Engineering – At the Cross Roads of Technology”  is being held on April 19th and April 20th, 2005 at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL. This symposium is sponsored by the Local Chicago AIChE Section and promises to be a premier symposium on latest technology topics such as nanotechnology, fuel cells and biotechnology. We believe that this symposium would be of great interest to all the technical professionals in your section.

Topics include:
  • Sustainable Engineering, including fuel cells
  • Nanotechnology, in a short-course format
  • Biotechnology, both biomedical and biochemical
Visit for further information or to register for this exciting opportunity.   

Scholarship Program

In past years, we have offered scholarships to students in the central Indiana  We are planning to reinstate this program and are looking for someone to head up the effort.   Anyone interested in chairing this committee or getting involved with this process is invited to contact  Kevin Keating at KEATING_KEVIN at LILLY.COM

Call for Officers

We are looking to fill the positions of Scholarship Committee Chair and Professional Development Chair for the remainder of this year. For the 2005-2006 year, we are looking for members who would like to begin the track towards the role of Section Chairmanship.  Interested individuals would start as Secretary or Treasurer, and progress to Vice-Chairman and then to Chairman.  Also, if anyone has an interest in taking on the role of newsletter editor, I will be honored to hand over the reigns.


There are interesting scientific or engineering presentations given every Monday at lunch time at Scientech except for major holidays. The Scientech meetings have a $9 buffet from 11:30 to noon, introductions, and then the presentation from 12:10 to 1:00 PM. Current planned topics are: February 21, Thailand Tsunami, personal experience, Dr. Robert Edesess, DDS, also 4-5PM Eiteljorg museum hard hat tour; February 28, Thailand travel-jet to oxcart, Darrell Bakken; March 7 History of Union Station, James Hetherington; March 14, Airport Expansion, Bob Duncan; March 21, Charter Schools, Kevin Teasley; March 22 Regional Science Fair--Nicoson Hall University of Indianapolis, Grades 1-5, judges 12:13 PM to 4:30 PM; Regional Science Fair--Nicoson Hall University of Indianapolis, Grades 6-12, Judges 12:13 PM to 4:30 PM; March 28 Science fair winners at Scientech luncheon

Tuesday, March , 1, the American Chemical Society has a talk on the Chemistry of Marijuana.

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.

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