AIChE - Indianapolis Section



American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Indianapolis Section

January 2003 Meeting

2003 Meeting Schedule:

January 16, 2003 - Engineering Ethics Seminar sponsored by Society of Women Engineers, Central Indiana Section - RSVP by January 9, 2003

January 22, 2003 - Ten Commandments for Risk Management - speaker and optional dinner

Topic: Ten Commandments For Risk Management

Speaker: Anthony "Tony" Havics

A substantial interest in risk involves the development and implementation of procedures, processes, and numerous equations. Beyond these technical skills are a series of "soft" skills necessary to move past the standard technical "hardware", the transient politics, and the minutiae of rhetoric.

This presentation will address this softer side of the business of risk by revealing concepts that have been both successful and in some cases demoralizing. A healthy dose of real experiences will be used to pencil between the lines.

When: 5:30 pm, Wednesday, January 22, 2003. Please join us for a meal afterward if desired.
Where: National Starch conference room
RSVP: Please let Alan Schmidt, or 317-233-5190, know if you are interested in joining us.

National Starch and Chemical Company, through Denise Curtis, has kindly made their conference room available for the presentation.

To arrive at National Starch and Chemical Company proceed from downtown Indianapolis south on Capitol Avenue past the Capitol and the RCA Dome, turn right (west) on South Street, proceed several blocks, continue ahead onto Kentucky Avenue, cross the White River and just after the White River turn left onto White River Parkway or Drover Street. After the intersection with Morris Street, the White River Parkway starts to curve to the east towards the river, continue straight into National Starch at 1515 South Drover Street. Park in front of the brick building by the flagpoles. Denise Curtis from National Starch will meet us in the lobby to escort us to their conference room.

The speaker, Andrew Anthony "Tony" Havics, CHMM, CIH, PE, works for pH2 Environmental, Inc., 5450 N. Lafayette Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254, Office: (317) 387-9722, Fax: (317) 387-9714

Afterward, some may dine at a local restaurant such as the Hong Kong China Buffet at 1524 N. Illinois Street, about $6.50.

2002 Annual AIChE Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Alan D. Schmidt, Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management
General Arrangements Committee Chair and the Evening Event Chair

Fun Lee and Jeff Woods of the national AIChE staff were pleased that the meeting and our contributions went well and will probably return in a few years. I greatly appreciated the efforts of members of the 2002 Annual AIChE Meeting General Arrangements Committee(GAC): Tom Leas Indiana Dept of Commerce as GAC Vice Chair and Welcoming Reception Chair, Lia Treffman as Program Copy Chair with support from Dr. Atanas Serbezov of Rose-Hulman, Becky Smith Eli Lilly as Publicity Chair, Amanda McDaniel Eli Lilly as On-site Registration Chair, Dr. Chris Burcham Eli Lilly as Plant Tour chair, and Dr. Karl Schnelle Dow Agro Sciences as the Guest Program Chair and valued web-site master. Supporting the plant tour and sponsorship contacts were Denise Curtis National Starch and Chemical Company , Amy M. Callahan Eli Lilly, and Dr. Mathew Bassett Dow Agro Sciences. Jeb Conrad helped with publicity as Vice President Marion County Economic Development, Indy Partnership. GAC volunteers were rewarded with complimentary dinners from national for an initial kick-off meeting at the Marriot, a Saturday Board of Directors meeting including AIChE President Sid Sapakie before the meeting, and a December follow-up thank you celebration at Bistro 936.

At the Board of Directors meeting AIChE Fellow Churchill complimented our local AIChE chapter demonstration contribution at the Children's Museum for National Chemistry Week on November 2, 2002. National Starch through Denise Curtis provided biodegradable starch packing pellets and starch to make a non-Newtonian fluid which had high viscosity and fractured at high shear rate, but would run through your fingers with low viscosity at low shear. We also demonstrated soap formation in water and salt water with soap and detergent. Local members Kevin Keating, Lia Treffman, Tom Leas, and Alan Schmidt participated.

With Tom Leas as Welcoming Reception Chair, we raised over $40,000 for the food for the welcoming reception. Compliments from others coincided with my own feelings that the food and welcoming reception were wonderful. Eli Lilly and Company, GE Plastics, Rose-Hulman Ventures, Heritage Environmental Services, LLC, National Starch and Chemical Company, Indiana Department of Commerce, The Dow Chemical Company, AIChE Women's Initiatives Committee, AIChE Minority Affairs Committee, Ingersoll-Rand, Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, and Oxford University were valued sponsors of the meeting and Welcoming Reception. Heritage Environmental Services added a nice touch to the Welcome Reception by providing an Indy 500 race car, driver Rick Treadway, and pictures.

It was quite satisfying and enriching to interact with the National AIChE staff and local AIChE members as the General Arrangements Committee Chair for the 2002 Annual AIChE Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Much of the General Arrangement Committee (GAC) effort was directed at arranging guest and plant tours, the evening event, getting GAC member pictures, describing the local highlights, identifying local sponsors for the Welcoming Reception, and getting the program copy to national six months before the meeting. The publicity, helping to staff the on-site registration, and lots of details were arranged closer to the meeting date.

Thank you everyone for your efforts for our Indianapolis Section of AIChE contribution to the 2002 AIChE Annual Meeting.


The Society of Women Engineers, Central Indiana Section has invited us (men too!) to join them at a presentation on Engineering Ethics. Their Announcement follows:

Have you ever questioned what was ethically right within the engineering profession?

Here is your opportunity to find out! On Thursday, January 16th, the Central Indiana Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE-CI) will be sponsoring an Engineering Ethics Lunch at the IUPUI Hotel and Conference Center, 805 West Michigan Street.

We are pleased to introduce Mr. William Lhota, Chairman of the National Society of Professional Engineers Board of Ethical Review, who will be speaking on the topic.

Registration: 11:45am-12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00pm-12:45pm
Presentation: 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Lunch will consist of a hot buffet with 2 entrees, sides, and dessert. During lunch, SWE-CI will be holding our first general membership meeting of FY03 to select the nominating committee who will determine the slate of officer candidates for FY04.

Entry fee is $30/person (cash and check only please), and everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to Rachel Humphrey at (317) 780-7129 or e-mail at by Thursday, January 9th at 5PM. Payment will be expected for any cancellations made after January 9th. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

AIChE Executive Committee
Indianapolis Section, 2002-2003