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American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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March 2004 Lia Treffman, Editor


March Meeting
- Joint Meeting at Purdue University with the Student Chapter

We will be meeting the student chapter of AIChE on Tuesday, March 23rd. The current plan is for those of us in Indianapolis to meet at 4:45-5:00 PM and head up to Lafayette.  We should arrive at the campus around 6:30 PM, where we will have dinner with the students. We will be giving the Powerpoint presentation from last month's session with Cathy R. Hood which outlines the plans for the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE).

We need VOLUNTEERS to actually DO THE PRESENTATION and COORDINATE CAR-POOLING.

2003/04 Meeting Schedule
March 23, 2004: Joint meeting at Purdue University with the Student Chapter
April 20, 2004: Plant Tour
May 18, 2004: Election of Officers, Awards
June 2004: Indians Baseball Game at Victory Field



Message from the Local Indianapolis AIChE Chairman


On February 17, 2004, almost 50 people attended our joint meeting and dinner with the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society held at the Eli Lilly Corporate Center. Cathy Hood, from AIChE, discussed future plans of AIChE and presented information about the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), a newly launched effort by AIChE. It is AIChE's primary goal to retain our independence, identity, and benefits/services to members. Essential changes that are occurring include broadened leadership and networking opportunities for AIChE members and local sections to have national significance. We can embrace emerging technologies such as in sustainability, nanotechnology, and biological engineering to help build Indiana's scientific community.

The Society for Biological Engineering is just beginning to promote membership involvement in areas like Indianapolis, Boston, North Puget Sound, and New Jersey. Its mission is to promote the integration of biology with engineering and realize its benefits through bioprocessing, biomedical, and biomolecular applications. At the meeting, Cathy Hood indicated planning steps were being taken for organizing a Biotechnology and Nanotechnology Conference in 2006. This would be of interest to have this event in Indianapolis especially if our local section could help make it happen. We will be sharing the message of "local involvement with a difference" at our next meeting to be held at the Purdue AIChE section on March 23. Also, our relationship with the Indianapolis Section of the American Chemical Society has been good. We plan to co-host other events of mutual interest with them.

Thomas E. Leas PE, Chairman of the AIChE Indianapolis Section



AIChE Spring Meeting April 25-29, 2004 - New Orleans, LA


The AIChE Spring Meeting scheduled for April 25-29, 2004 in New Orleans, will cover the following areas of interest: and will also address important issues including: For more information, visit www.aiche.org/spring. For a complete list of topicals, see www.aiche.org/conferences/spring/topicals/procintens.htm



SCIENCE and ENGINEERING PRESENTATIONS

There are interesting scientific or engineering presentations given every Monday at lunch time at Scientech except for major holidays. On Monday, March 22, there will be a presentation on High Definition Television (HDTV) by Brian Witcomb and on March 29 reports from the senior high school science fair winners. The Scientech meetings have a $9 buffet from 11:30 to noon, introductions, and then the presentation from 12:10 to 1:00 PM. 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. www.scientechclub.org



Something Interesting I Ran Across

AIChE is not in any way affiliated with Solutia Inc., the manufacturer of Therminol VTL. However, I ran across this information and thought it was interesting. So, I am passing it on to you.

Therminol VLT is a synthetic liquid phase heat transfer fluid with excellent heat transfer and fluid properties for extremely low temperature applications. This fluid is ideally suited for single fluid heating and cooling systems between -115 C (-175 F) and 175 C (350 F). Performance features of Therminol VLT include:
                Therminol VLT has excellent heat transfer performance
                at -115 C (-175 F) and offers the benefits of liquid coolant temperature control.
                Therminol VLT allows a single fluid to be used in many
                general purpose processes where both cooling and heating are required. The properties of
               Therminol VLT allow the same equipment to be used over its wide range of operation.
               Using Therminol VLT avoids problems of using multiple fluids in the same
               piece of equipment and allows low temperature operation with normal centrifugal pumps.

For more information on Therminol VTL, visit http://www.therminol.com/pages/products/vlt.asp.



From the March AIChE Exchange

It's not your imagination. The days are getting longer, and the weather is
getting warmer. So celebrate spring by breaking out your t-shirt collection,
reclaiming the backyard, and relaxing with this issue of AIChExchange. 

SPRING SAVINGS: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
Don't miss out on early bird savings for the AIChE Spring National meeting,
April 25-29, New Orleans. Save 30% until March 19. You'll enjoy over 140
technical sessions, and 13 topical conferences spanning emerging and core
ChemE fields. Learn more at www.aiche.org/spring or call 1-800-242-4363.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZFEST 
Heading to New Orleans for the Spring Meeting? Check out the world-famous
New Orleans JazzFest the weekends of April 24-25 and April 30-May 2. 
You'll hear hundreds of jazz and blues greats, including Smokey Robinson, Etta
James, The Neville Brothers, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and Dr. John. 
Day passes are only $20 in advance and shuttle service is available. Visit:
http://www.nojazzfest.com.

DOG RUN
The 2004 Iditarod kicked off Saturday, March 6 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ninety-two dog sled teams will battle for the tile. Follow the leader 
as they mush over 1,150 miles, cross two mountain ranges and brave 
temperatures well below zero to arrive in Nome ten days later. To learn more about 
the "last great race," see http://www.iditarod.com.

BE PREPARED: EMERGENCY PLANNING 
Get real-world solutions for emergency planning at the 19th Annual
International Conference, "Emergency Planning: Preparedness, Prevention,
Response," June 29-July 1 in Orlando, Florida. Highlights include: keynote
address from the Department of Homeland Security and sessions on scenario
development, Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA), incident response, and
lessons learned. Register by April 15 and save $200 on registration. Call
1-800-242-4363 or visit http://www.aiche.org/ccps/icw.

IT MAKES CENTS: SAVE 25% ON AICHE FINANCIAL SERVICES
Act now and save 25% on new financial benefits for members: Grogan 
Financial Advisory Services and 529 College Saving Plan. Design a financial 
roadmap that meets your personal goals or learn how to grow college funds. 
Visit: http://www.efs529.com/aichefinancial.

SPRING IT ROUNDTABLE AND WEBCAST 
Gain practical information on how to deal with IT implementation issues 
and learn how to review and understand previous implementations at the 
Computer and Systems Technology (CAST) Division-sponsored roundtable and 
Webcast, Wednesday, April 28, 1:30-4:30 CT at the Spring National Meeting. This
session will examine best practices in manufacturing, solutions for
inventory management, lessons learned on going wireless, and organizational
considerations, and more. To learn more, visit: http://www.castdiv.org/webcast.htm.

SPRING TABLETOP DISPLAYS AVAILABLE
Reach your target audience by displaying promotional literature for 
your
product or service at the 2004 AIChE Spring National Meeting. Tabletop
displays offer great visibility with little effort and at an economical
cost. Ideal for chemical industry manufacturers (includes equipment
manufacturers), consultants, educational & technical publishers,
instrumentation/application companies, research labs and technology 
research companies, and software companies. Deadline for registration is March 
26. See http://www.aiche.org/conferences/spring/tabletop.htm for more 
details. To learn more about Spring conference topics see
www.aiche.org/spring/topicals.

OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY
Join over 50,000 engineers, technicians, executives, scientists, and
managers at the 2004 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), May 3-6 in
Houston, Texas. The theme is "Innovation Without Limits," and includes 
over 300 sessions and expo with 2,000 vendors. See http://www.otcnet.org/2004/.

SPRING CD-ROM--FIRST EVER
The 2004 Spring Meeting CD-ROM contains all submitted papers from the 
Spring topical conferences plus unaligned/non-topical sessions. Order by 
calling AIChE Customer Service at 1-800-242-2463 or by checking it off on your
Spring Meeting registration. Order now or on-site for $65. After April 
29,the post-conference price will be $99.

GERMAN ACADEMICS INTERNATIONAL NETWORK (GAIN)
GAIN supports German scholars and scientists working in North America 
by facilitating networking and information sharing on developments in 
higher education and new career opportunities. It is sponsored by the German
Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG) 
and the Humboldt Foundation. To get involved, contact Katja Simons at
simons@daad.org. For more information, visit http://www.daad.org/gain. 

TIME OUT WITH A FURRY FRIEND
Need a break? Hang with the apes, loaf with the pandas, or meditate 
with elephants by visiting San Diego Zoo's animal cams at
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/zoo/apecam.html.

SAVE ON AIR & WASTE MANAGEMENT WEB CONERENCE
Participate in Air & Waste Management Association's audio and Web
conference, "Batch Process HAP Emission Calculations for MACT 
Compliance," March 15, 2-4 pm EST. AIChE members will save $35. For more 
information,visit: http://www.awma.org/events/WebConfs/BatchProcess.asp or contact
Carrie Hartz at 412-232-3444 x3120/3450; chartz@awma.org

CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
The AIChE Management Division Award recognizes an outstanding 
individual who has made a substantial contribution to the management of engineers or 
to management techniques and procedures in the chemical process 
industries. The 2004 award will be presented to Dr. A. Wayne Tamarelli on Tuesday, 
April 27 at the AIChE Spring Meeting. All attendees are invited to the award
ceremony.

THAT'S A GOOD IDEA: INTELLECUTAL PROPERTY SEMINAR
The ASME Central Region has invited AIChE members to attend Intellectual
Property seminars at the University of Kentucky in Lexington March 27 
and 28 (3 PDH each). Additional information is available at
http://regions.asme.org/regionvi/pd.html


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