AIChE - Indianapolis Section



American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Indianapolis Section

March 2003 Newsletter

Editor: Lia Treffman

2003 Meeting Schedule:

March 2003 Joint meeting at Purdue University with the Student Chapter

April 2003 Joint meeting with ACS - Nobel Prize Winner talk

May 2003 Election of Officers, Awards

March Meeting: Joint Meeting with Students from Purdue University and Rose Hulman

Please join us as we tell chemical engineering students about our chemical engineering careers! As if that is not reward enough, come and enjoy the free food!!!

When: Monday, March 10, 2003

5:00 pm Carpool from downtown Indianapolis. Please reserve with Alan Schmidt

day (317)233-5190

evening (317)865-3545

6:45 pm Start with food and presentations at Purdue University

Where: The Mechanical Engineering Building, room 261, on the campus of Purdue University. Park in the northwest garage, go in the doors facing the engineering mall, go up to the second floor, and make a left. If you are unfamiliar with the campus, a map is available on their web site at, or you can just carpool or caravan with Alan (see above)!

Message from the Local Indianapolis AIChE President

This month's topic will be:

Chemical Engineering Careers and Experiences

Our speakers will be:

Tom Leas, Indiana Commerce Dept
Dr. Alan D. Schmidt, AIChE, ChE R&D, Environmental
Becky Smith, Eli Lilly
and YOU???

Our AIChE student chapter advisor, Becky Smith, from Eli Lilly and Alan have helped to arrange a joint meeting between our local section and chemical engineering students from Purdue University and Rose Hulman. We have received $250 from AIChE National as a Project Connects Grant to promote student and local chapter interactions. The money will be used to provide food and soda or juice to help encourage students and our local chapter members to come. The whole theme of this meeting is to share our job experiences with the students and give them time to ask questions. Members attending the meeting will have the opportunity, if they would like, to talk for a few minutes about their background and current job. This is our chance to make sure that students don't forget about AIChE when they graduate!

The student chapter representative, Kendra Schmitz, Vice President Purdue AIChE, notes that they are excited to have the Indy AIChE chapter on campus to speak about chemical engineering careers. They also wish to hear about AIChE after graduation and how they can get involved as professionals.

Dr. Alan D. Schmidt, President of the Indianapolis Section of AIChE

What Some Missed

Indianapolis Star Pulliam Production Facility Tour

The scale and multiple steps of the printing operation were quite impressive for our February 24 joint tour with Scientech of the newspaper production facility. The four 75,000-copy-per-hour Geoman presses were six stories in height, came from Man Roland in Ausburg, Germany, and cost $72 million. There were multiple control workstations to adjust newspaper print quality. Track conveyors, folding, and inserting equipment were part of the operation. In the paper storage area, the huge paper rolls stacked six high with brown outer wrappers appeared as if someone were trying to reassemble the original tree!

Our February AIChE activity will be a tour of the new Indianapolis Star Pulliam Production Center where they print their newspaper. We will be joining the tour with the Scientech scientists and engineers. Plant tours are always fascinating and a broadening, learning experience so please make an effort to attend.

Dr. Alan D. Schmidt, President of the Indianapolis Section of AIChE

AIChE Executive Committee
Indianapolis Section, 2002-2003