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


March 2006 Newsletter

Kevin Keating


March Meetings -- Indianapolis Section AIChE / Purdue Student Section Joint Meeting

Date:              Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Schedule:     6:00 PM for Dinner.  Presentation with Question & Answer session immediately following.

Location:      This meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2005 at 6:00-8:00pm and will be held at Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering (FRNY) room G124 on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.  

Forney Hall is located between Stadium Mall Drive and Northwestern Avenue and faces the Purdue Mall.  
Convenient parking is located on
Northwestern Avenue at Sylvia Street which is adjacent to the Visitor Information Center.  

For a detailed map go to

For those wishing to carpool please meet at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, 350 West
Maryland.  Cars will be leaving at 4:30 pm, please don’t be late.  Pleas RSVP with Dan Harper for carpool.

RSVP:   Please RSVP to Dan Harper at or at 317/234-3615.  Students can RSVP to Adam Slavoski, Purdue AIChE President.

Price:             FREE

2005 Meeting Schedule:

March 20, 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.

March 21, 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.

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, (  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. 

Highlights from AIChE

Visit the web site 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.

Scientech 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, March 6, Lithium battery Development, Dick Judkins, lunch 11:30 to 12, 12-1 program at the Children’s Museum.
Monday, March 13, Why We Need More Trees, Bob Eddleman, lunch 11:30 to 12, 12-1 program at the Children’s Museum.

AIChE Meeting at Scientech

Monday, March 20, Renewable Energy Sources, Ed Chu, lunch 11:30 to 12, 12-1 program at the Children’s Museum.


Meetings are held 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.

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