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

March 2005 Newsletter
Editor: Lia Treffman

March Meeting -- "Chemistry of Chocolates"

Thursday, March 24  
"Chemistry of Chocolates"  
by Craig Moyer of Hershey Foods        

Embassy Suites;
3912 Vincennes Road, Indianapolis
(near 86th and Michigan Road)

Dinner starts at 6:30 PM

RSVP by March 18th to Marty White at 317-276-4506
Cost of Meal: $25/ person:  $10 / student
 (price includes tax and gratuity)
Cash Bar

NOTE: Space is limited, so please reserve early.

2005 Meeting Schedule:

March 24, 2005: Presentation by Hershey Foods; this meeting will be
held in conjunction with the American Chemical Society

April 19, 2005: Dinner Meeting

"Rust Never Sleeps" Common Corrosion Failures of Stainless

by Sunniva R. Collins, Ph.D., Manager of Materials Technology, Swagelok Biopharm        

Milano Inn
231 S. College Ave, Indianapolis
2nd floor, private dining room

Dinner starts at 5:30 PM

RSVP by April 15th to Dan Harper,  dharper at or at 317-276-4506
Cost of Meal: $20/ person:  $10 / student
 (price includes tax and gratuity)
Cash Bar

May 17, 2005: Annual meeting of the local section

June 21, 2005: Indians Baseball at Victory Field

Message from the Local Indianapolis AIChE Chairman 

As you scan the headlines or read your technical journals these days there is a reoccurring theme of economic uncertainty and job outsourcing. And as discussed during our February meeting, you must be able to differentiate yourself for promotions and during job interviews. With AIChE it’s good to know you have the opportunity to build your leadership skills, just in case you need them, by being a Section Leader. Leadership isn’t painless and it takes a little work but there are many rewards. You become better at expressing your views, better at being able to listen and find common ground, and you gain confidence. As a Section Leader you will also standout as a person who knows how to work with and influence others. And it is also a great way to form new friendships.

Now is a great time to plan to become a volunteer leader in AIChE as the Annual Meeting is quickly approaching and a new slate of officers get ready to lead our section. Just drop a line to our Vice Chairperson, Dan Harper, the Distillates editor, Lia Treffman, the Chairperson, Kevin Keating, or any officer listed in the Distillates. Any and all of us will be happy to help you learn to become more active in AIChE.

Meeting Notes

Last month the Indianapolis Section met with the Purdue Student Section of AIChE in West Lafayette to discuss employment trends and what to expect as you enter the job market. Attendance at this meeting was large and active and the program was well received by both the Indianapolis and Purdue Sections as well as being a lot of fun. This trip to Purdue is fast becoming one of the highlights of the year as we interact with future chemical engineers from one of the top Chemical Engineering schools in the country.

March’s Meeting

Our meeting for March will explore your sweet side as we welcome Mr. Craig Moyer of Hershey Foods to Indianapolis to present, “Chemistry of Chocolates”. This is a joint meeting with the local American Chemistry Society (ACS) and a large turnout is expected for this delightful topic. Craig Moyer will be presenting a program on the development and production of Hershey Chocolate Kisses, please see the opening page of this issue of Distillates for more information. Dinner will begin at 6:30 PM. Space is limited so please make your plans now to join us.

April's Meeting Preview

For our April event we will once again have the opportunity to hear an excellent speaker at our annual dinner meeting held at Milano Inn. Sunniva R. Collins, Ph.D., Manager of Materials Technology for Swagelok Biopharm will present “Rust Never sleeps” Common Corrosion Failures of Stainless Steel. Corrosion is a major problem and cost for all industries, and engineers from all disciplines should make this meeting a priority. This meeting is scheduled for April 19th, 2005 at the Milano Inn on the south side of Indianapolis. You can find additional information on this meeting in this and in the next issue of the Distillates. Once again space will be limited so please mark your calendars now.

Kevin Keating, Chairperson

"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:
  • Sustainable Engineering, including fuel cells
  • Nanotechnology, in a short-course format
  • Biotechnology, both biomedical and biochemical
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 PM. Current planned topics are: Bob Duncan; March 21, Charter Schools, Kevin Teasley; March 22 Regional Science Fair--Nicoson Hall University of Indianapolis, Grades 1-5, judges 12:13 PM to 4:30 PM; Regional Science Fair--Nicoson Hall University of Indianapolis, Grades 6-12, Judges 12:13 PM to 4:30 PM; March 28 Science fair winners at Scientech luncheon.

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.

2004 - 2005 Officers