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


January 2007 Newsletter

Kevin Keating



January Meeting -- No meeting.

2007 Meeting Activities for Indianapolis Section of American Institute of Chemical Engineers


January, 2007

No meeting 


February, 2007

Plant Tour


March, 2007

Purdue Section meeting


April, 2007



May, 2007

Meeting - Election of Officers and Awards


June, 2007

Indians Baseball Game at Victory Field, Indianapolis


From the Chairman...


The Boston Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Ichthyologists of Boston) will be hosting the 2007 Leadership Development Conference (LDC) on June 8 – June 10. This event is for AIChE officers from local section to attend. It provides excellent networking opportunity with AIChE Board members, national office staff, and local section officers as well as helping local sections to develop new program opportunities. We are looking for local companies who can help sponsor to send at least one officer from the Indianapolis Section. Sponsorships will be recognized at the meeting. If you have any questions about the 2007 LDC, now or anytime, I invite you to contact me. We greatly appreciate your input.


Thomas E. Leas PE
Chairman, Indianapolis Section of AIChE

October 2006 Tour Report


Several members from the Indianapolis Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) met with Leo J. Meyer and Greg Bierck for a plant tour at Interstate Castings ( on October 24, 2006. The discussion with the tour was very informative. We are glad to see how the foundry is able to produce high quality castings with specialized service for customers.




Standing from left to right: John Elliott, Daniel Harper, Alan Schmidt, Helmut Brugman, and Bill Walasinski.  

2006 National Chemistry Week Report


At the Children’s Museum on, November 4, 2006, the American Chemical Society theme for National Chemistry Week was chemistry in the home and garden. Your Indianapolis Section of AIChE had a display that modeled some examples of chemistry connections in our daily activities and promoted good habits for environmental stewardship at home. The display used an Enviroscape model and a vermicomposting display from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance (IDEM/OPPTA) to provide visual reinforcement.


Informational brochures on usage of chemicals around the home, recycling, and other brochures from OPPTA were available for the many students. We appreciate the efforts of our volunteers, Dr. Alan Schmidt, Tom Leas, Daniel Harper, and John Elliott, to nurture the curiosity, knowledge, and chemical and environmental awareness of the students, who are potential future scientists and engineers.   






Our display included:


·        Enviroscape model – models a city with streams, industrial buildings, and residential buildings showing how groundwater may be contaminated by hazardous materials and where it flows.  


·        Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) – Describes types of consumer products that become HHW and dangers associated with improper disposal. 


·        Vermicomposting – It was a live display of worms that digested fruit and vegetable scraps, and shredded newspaper into organic compost.        


·        Recycle Guys Poster – Trading cards were available that showed the benefits of recycling.


·        Electronic scrap (e-Scrap) Poster – We let students know about the potential toxics found in some electronics and the many opportunities for proper e-Scrap reuse and recycling in Indiana as well as how to purchase greener electronic devices in the future. 


Highlights from AIChE

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·         The Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) - SBE's 1st International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering (ICBE), January 14-18, 2007 in Coronado, CA

January 14-18, 2007 at the Marriott Coronado Island Resort in San Diego, CA. This conference brings together researchers using quantitative approaches to advance the understanding and application of biology at the molecular level contributing to the development of public health. Visit for more detailed information.  Keynote speakers include J. Craig Venter (J. Craig Venter Institute), David Baker (U. Washington) and Willem "Pim" Stemmer (microProteins). 

·     2006 Annual Meeting, AIChE 2007 National Meeting, April 22-26, Hilton Americas Houston, Houston, TX

Highlights of this meeting will include the 3rd Global Congress on Process Safety (featuring the 22nd CCPS International Conference, the 41st Loss Prevention Symposium, and the 9th Process Plant Safety Symposium), the 19th Annual Ethylene Producers Conference and more than a dozen individual topical specialty conferences. In addition, there will be the collocated yet separate2007 AIChE-ACS Management Conference taking place on the tail end (April 25-27) of the Spring Meeting.  Call for Papers is NOW open

Call for Officers

We are looking for members who would like to become officers for the 2006-2007 year including those wishing to start the climb to the role of Section Chairmanship.  There are committee chair openings, if you can help or have an interest, the officers will help you with a committee.

Science and Engineering Presentations
Join the Scientech Cutting Edge Technology tour at IUPUI on Monday January 15, 2006


At IUPUI Scientech will observe technology that will astound us today, but will be common to us in the next decade.  You may participate by using the School’s new computer laboratories to experience the next generation’s technology today.  The program will start at 12 noon in room ET202 in the Engineering Technology Building (799 W. Michigan St.) Indianapolis.  Professor Bill Lin will share the development of the new technology at IUPUI.  This will be followed by a tour of the new Computer Center classrooms in the basement.  You will want to use these computers to review a series of interesting web pages on the internet that you will use on your computer.  If desired, contact Dr. Alan Schmidt for further details, (317) 233-5190 or 865-3545.  For later Monday programs check the Scientech calendar at 


Fellow Chemists  

The Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce its newly refurbished Indiana Section Website…


The Indiana Section of the ACS presents Parameters of Destruction: 

The Science of Flames and Explosions Dr. Ann Cutler from U Indy, Wednesday January 17th 7 PM Sharp!    University High School Just E. of Michigan on 116th Street   please RSVP to Marty White at 276-4506 by January 12th.


As an extra touch to our night of flames and explosions, we will have a special guest...Executive chef Jon Oliver will present a flaming dessert extraordinaire.


The cost for the night is $5 payable at the door.

2007 Officers