American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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March 2007 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


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


Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007

            The March meeting has been moved because next week is Purdue's Spring Break!


Schedule:  6:30 PM for Dinner. 

Description - Chemical engineer professionals will be providing information about their careers and career path including some discussion about general career opportunities in Indy for chemical engineers.

Location:  Purdue campus - in Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering (FRNY), exact room to be announced, on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.
480 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100


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 the following link;


RSVP:   Please RSVP by March 23rd to Dan Harper at dharper at dem.state.in.us or at 317/234-3615.  Student can RSVP to Sandra Azzano at sazzano at purdue.edu, Purdue AIChE Vice President External Affairs.

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 late.  Please let Dan Harper know if you will be carpooling when you RSVP.

Price:             FREE

2006/2007 Meeting Activities for Indianapolis Section of American Institute of Chemical Engineers:

March 27, 2007

Purdue Section meeting – Layfette, IN

April, 2007

Speaker - TBD

May, 2007

Meeting - Election of Officers and Awards

June, 12 2007

Joint AIChE/ACS Meeting - Eyal H. Barash, Patent Lawyer, RSVP: June 7, Marty White: (317)-276-4506


From the Chairman….


We are looking for a few good chemical engineers from the Indianapolis area willing to share their experiences at our next meeting with the Purdue Student Chapter of AIChE on March 27, 2007. Becky Smith, our Student Chapter Advisor, has arranged the meeting with Purdue and also received a John J. McKetta ProjectConnect Grant from AIChE for providing dinner with the activities. One of the challenges facing AIChE is obtaining young graduates as members and retaining them. About one-quarter of graduating seniors with ChE degrees join AIChE but within 5 years almost 80% quit. It is our desire to meet the students and let them know about our jobs as well as give a mentoring boost. Let Daniel Harper know if you can help out. Thanks. 


Thomas E. Leas PE

Chairman, Indianapolis Section of AIChE  


The Boston Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Ichthyologists of Boston www.aiche-boston.org) 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           

Highlights from AIChE

Visit the www.AIChE.org web site to find information, visit forums, renew membership or find benefits, career listings, and other advice from our national headquarters.  Current items include;

Job Hunting?
CareerEngineer is still the only job posting system built exclusively for chemical engineers. New listings appear daily. Be sure to visit CareerEngineer at http://www.aiche.org/apps/careerengineer/index.asp.

Also from AIChE National

·         2007 Spring National Meeting, AIChE 2007 National Meeting, April 22-27, 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


·         2007 AIChE-ACS Management Conference , April 25-27, 2007, Houston Hilton, Houston, TX

"Managing CPI Energy and Raw Materials Uncertainties in a Global Context"   This conference will address the energy-related challenges facing the global chemical and related industries. 


·         The AIChE 2007 Annual Meeting, November 4-9, 2007, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

The Call for Papers is now open …. See the AIChE national website!

The 2007 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City offers a unique capacity to focus on a comprehensive participation and learning experience over the full range and diversity of the profession.

Call for Officers – Indianapolis AIChE

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:
Scientech meetings are held nearly every Monday at the Children’s Museum. They begin at 11:30 am with a buffet luncheon ($9.00). Announcements and introductions are at noon, followed by the presentation which continues to 1 pm.


Calendar of Events


Scientech meetings are held nearly every Monday at the Children’s Museum. They begin at 11:30 am with a buffet luncheon ($9.00). Announcements and introductions are at noon, followed by the presentation which continues to 1 pm. Some meetings may be replaced with a tour of some place of interest, usually on a major holiday. Any exceptions are noted in the calendar listing below.


Monday March 19 – How We Got Our Calendar – George Dunn

What happened to the gods of Mesopotamia? Why isn’t Pluto a planet? Present society depends on traditions from the earliest days of science and religion. From the beginnings of astronomy five millennia Before Present to the latest debates on the population of the Solar System.


Monday March 26 – Science Fair Winners & Their Projects

Meet the student winners from the Indianapolis Regional Science Fair and hear them describe their projects.


Scientech meetings – Cont.


Monday April 2 – Tour of Ruth Lilly Health Education Center

The Health Education Center is located between Senate and Capital along 21st St. This Center has many state-of-the-art rooms set up to educate Elementary through High School students in all aspects of Health Education. Each unit contains excellent visual as well as audio aids and many are set up to be interactive with the students.


Monday April 9 – Touring Israel and Jordan – Darrel Bakken

Join Darrel for a presentation covering his recent trip to Israel and Jordan


For further details contact Dr. Alan Schmidt at(317) 233-5190 or 865-3545.  For later Monday programs check the Scientech calendar at www.scientechclub.org 


Fellow Chemists:  The Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce its newly refurbished Indiana Section Website… http://membership.acs.org/i/indiana/index.html


March 7

Dinner & Talk
"Layer by Layer Nanoengineered Magnetic Encapsulation System for Drug Delivery"

Dow AgroSciences

April 17

Dinner & Talk
"Molecular Science: Misconceptions
and Simple Truths"



Awards Ceremony



2007 Officers