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

January 2005 Newsletter
Editor: Lia Treffman

January Meeting -- Network Security is like a chain--only as strong as its weakest link.  Are YOU the weakest link?

Consider the following questions:
After the presentation, you will be invited to consider the following questions:
Come to the meeting and find out about some of the cutting edge network security solutions currently possible and what can be done to protect you.

Location: Optivel, Inc.
Address: Meridian Tower - 201 W. 103rd St.  (This is the former HP/MacMillan building)
Time: Gather at 6:00. Presentation at 6:15 or 6:30. Dinner to follow at a restaurant to be determined by those in attendance.
Directions: Make your way to 103rd and Meridian (this is north of the 465/Meridian exit). Turn left onto 103rd.  When you come to the traffic circle, follow it 7/8 of the way around and turn right, around the blue and green Thompson building.  Follow the curving road until you come to an intersection. Turn left and then turn right into the parking lot.  We're in the big copper-colored building in suite 300.

Please RSVP to Kevin Keating at keating_kevin at or 317-651-1698

2005 Meeting Schedule:

January 18, 2005: Presentation on Network Security at Optivel, Inc.

February 22, 2005: 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 

Message from the Local Indianapolis AIChE Chairman

The start of the new year is traditionally a time of reflection and a time to set new goals. I hope that one goal that everyone has this year is to become more active in your local AIChE section. As your professional organization, AIChE offers opportunities for members to get involved by becoming officers and by attending monthly events. Together, our local effort supports our scientific community and promotes job growth. It is also a great way to form new friendships, meet with other engineers and to learn of opportunities for chemical engineers in other fields. 

This month, on January 18th, the officers of The Indianapolis Section of AIChE invite you to join us on a virtual tour of the facilities and capabilities of Optivel. Optivel helps their clients reduce risk to their information infrastructure by applying leading edge management and security techniques. This looks to be an informative evening exploring the leading edge of computer programming. See the opening page of this issue of Distillates for more information. 

Next month’s event schedule encompasses our annual trip to Lafayette, Indiana to visit with the student section at Purdue University. This is always a fun trip and gives our local section a chance to meet with students from one of the top Chemical Engineering schools in the country. Please make your plans to join us in February. 


Kevin Keating, Chairman of the AIChE Indianapolis Section

The New AIChE website is up and running!!!

A big thanks to webmaster Karl Schnelle for getting a new and improved Indianapolis AIChE website up and running.

Check it out at

"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:
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 PMCurrent planned topics are: January 17 tour of Scottish Rites Cathedral, Jan. 24 Bob Mayer Climbing Mt. McKinley, Jan. 31 Science Initiatives for youths, February 7 International Trade Challenges Maureen D. Pearson Thompson Inc., February 14 computer viruses. 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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