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


January 2006 Newsletter

Kevin Keating


February Meetings -- Indianapolis Section AIChE and a Butler University Lecture Series Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2006 – Note EARLY February date!

Schedule:     7:30 PM presentation and questions.

Location: The J. James Woods Lecture Series held at Clowes Hall Auditorium located on the Butler University Campus at 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. Plenty of parking available in the area. 

Presentation: Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. An astrophysicist who writes a monthly column for Natural History magazine, Dr. Tyson is well-known for his ability to explain the universe in terms that most Earthlings can understand.

About J. James Woods Lecture Series: The J. James Woods Lecture Series in Sciences and Mathematics was established by a generous gift from the estate of J. James Woods. The goal of the Woods bequest is to bring prominent mathematicians and natural scientists to Butler University in order to speak on theories at the frontier of their disciplines, as well as on related technologies and other issues of public concern.

All Woods Lectures are free and open to the public

RSVP: Please call Dan Harper, at IDEM, (317) 234-3615 or Kevin Keating at Eli Lilly, (317) 651-1698 by Monday, February 6th with your intention of attending, with any questions, or if you have interest in future meetings.

2006 Meeting Schedule:

February 8, 2006: Wednesday, February 8th, 7:30pm, Clowes Hall (free tickets required).

February TBD, 2006: Our annual visit with a Student Section at either Purdue or Rose-Hulman.  Details are still being worked out, more information in the next issue of the Distillates.

March 21, 2006:  We are attempting to bring a special guest speaker to our March Meeting, Scientech members, Ed Chu, is preparing a talk on renewable energy sources and may bring this important issue to our members and friends.  More information in the next issue of the Distillates.

IDEM at Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

There are over 1,400 Grand Award Judges needed May 9 and 10, 2006 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis to judge the best 1,500 high school student exhibits from around the world at the 2006 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  Judges determine awards and scholarships totaling $3 million.  The judges also may interact in a panel discussion with ten Nobel Laureates.   It should be an excellent outreach/education/development opportunity for AIChE members to interact with talented high school students and scientists from Indiana, the nation, and the world.

This event will require Grand Award judges in several categories including Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Earth Sciences including geochemistry, Engineering, and nine other categories.  Judging will require time over two days - Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10, 2006. 

To register, start at the  website using the judge’s icon, signing up, and on-line registration.  A judge needs to have six years of related professional experience beyond receiving their B.S., B.A., or a master’s degree, or have a Ph.D.

Pam Fleck Oldknow, one of the Grand Awards Judging co-chairs, ( pamela.oldknow at  317 231-7361) notes:  “Since people with fewer than 6 years of professional experience are not likely to qualify as judges, it would be acceptable and enjoyable for them to consider serving as volunteers to the judges.  During those two days, judges need help with various things, so volunteers can sign up on the volunteer page (see below).”  Pam has served as a volunteer to the judges in the past and it was very enriching for her to listen to the judge’s discussions.

Volunteers can sign up by visiting the volunteer registration page at    In that form there is a field for entering the specific area where they would prefer to serve.  In the field titled "Any special skills you possess" a statement, for instance, stating a desire to volunteer to help the judges, could be entered.

Past President for the Indianapolis Section of AIChE, Dr. Alan D. Schmidt, in the IDEM, Office of Land Quality, has volunteered to be one of the Environmental Sciences (code: EV) co-chairs for the judging.  The Environmental Sciences category alone needs 168 judges and he asks potential judges to especially consider volunteering for that category and one of the subcategories which are:   Air Pollution and Air Quality, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Hazardous and Solid Waste, Environmental Toxicology, Water Pollution and Water Quality, and Other. 

Message from the Society of Women Engineers

Dear AIChE members and friends:

On Friday January 20th, 2006, SWE-CI (Society of Women Engineers - Central Indiana) is hosting a concert fundraiser to benefit our Career Guidance programs to introduce students (young women and girls) to prospective careers in math, science, and engineering.

Here are just a few reasons to join us there:


All income from admission will benefit SWE-CI Student Programs.    


Plan a date with your significant other and get reacquainted.        


See a renowned Nashville singer-songwriter who has been recorded by Vince Gill, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris.


Get a sitter for the kids and enjoy a night out.                    


All proceeds benefit SWE-CI Student Programs.                        


Enjoy an evening out with your family, friends, or coworkers.        


Hear an artist whose recordings have graced the hallowed halls of the Space Shuttle Discovery (Astronaut Stephen Robinson was the first human to perform an in-flight repair on a shuttle's exterior, and he enjoyed listening to Trooper's 'Make It Through This World' on this August 2005 mission).                                                


When's the last time you went out - just for fun?                    


Listen to tunes from Greg's CD 'Make It Through This World', which has a Grammy entry in the Contemporary Folk Category.    


All proceeds benefit SWE-CI Student Programs - and you get to hear some great music too!          

The event will be held at Birdy's 2131 E. 71st St., Indianapolis.  Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm. Birdy's is a bar and grill (, that being said, there will be beer, other alcohol, food, pool tables, games, etc., so, you have to be 21 years old or older to enter this place. Please post this attached flyer in your Distillates Newsletter, workplace, community center, neighborhood, local bars/restaurants/coffee shops, cybercafé, library, church, or other frequented venues, grab your friends, significant others, comrades and join us!

For more info, see, , or contact Coline Amaury at camaury at

Highlights from AIChE

Visit to find information, visit forums, renew membership or find benefits, career listings, and other advice from our national headquarters. Current items include:

Call for Officers

We are looking for members who would like to become officers for the 2005-2006 year including those wishing to start the climb to the role of Section Chairmanship.  Interested individuals could start as Secretary or Treasurer, or even as Vice-Chairman leading then to Chairman.  There are also committee chair openings, if you can help or have an interest, the officers will help you with a committee.

Science and Engineering Presentations:
There are interesting scientific or engineering presentations given during lunch time at Scientech every Monday except for major holidays.  The Scientech meetings have a $9 buffet starting from 11:30 to noon, and then there are introductions and the presentation from 12:10 to 1:00 PM.

Current planned topics are:

Monday, January 9, Coal fueled Automobile, by Everett Shows, lunch 11:30 to 12, 12-1 program at the Children’s Museum.
Monday, January 16, Methodist People Mover tour perhaps starting in the Methodist hospital lobby, details later
Monday, January 23, Department of Metropolitan Development, Maury Plambake, Director, lunch 11:30 to 12, 12-1 program at the Children’s Museum.

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.


2005 - 2006 Officers