AIChE - Indianapolis Section



American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Indianapolis Section

May 2003 Newsletter

Editor: Lia Treffman

May Meeting

An AIChE National Visit, Election of Officers, and Awards

When: Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Where: The Old Spaghetti Factory, 210 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, Indiana


5:30 PM meet at The Old Spaghetti Factory
5:40 Order a Complete Meal from the Menu (free for AIChE members, $10 for others)
5:55 Election of officers, Awards
6:10 Dinner
7:00 Discussion of AIChE National financial situation possibly with Anette Ngijol, Felicia Guglielmi, or Betty from AIChE National.

Please RSVP: Please e-mail President Dr. Alan D. Schmidt, at or telephone (317) 233-5190 with your reservation so we may arrange a private room or a large table in the main dining area. The complete meal will be free for local section or national AIChE members. The complete meal entrees (baked lasagna, chicken parmigiana, fettucine Alfredo, spinach and cheese ravioli, meatballs and spaghetti, etc.) come with homemade Minestrone soup or a crisp green salad and a choice of Balsamic Vinaigrette, Creamy Pesto, Blue Cheese, 1000 island or fat free Honey Mustard dressing; fresh baked bread; freshly ground coffee, hot tea, iced tea or milk; and spumoni or vanilla ice cream. (Significant health benefit effects from tea have been shown in the last couple weeks.) For significant others, insignificant others, and non-member chemical engineers please pay our treasurer $10 to cover the meal. Additional charges if any such as for alcohol, soda, other meal selections, and other desserts are on individual tabs.

2003 Meeting Schedule:

January 22, 2003: Risk Analysis

February 24, 2003: Indianapolis Star Plant Tour

March 10, 2003: Joint meeting at Purdue University with the Student Chapter

April 8, 2003: Joint meeting with ACS Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Roald Hoffman

May 13, 2003: Election of Officers, Awards

Thursday, June 19, 2003: Dr. Ruth Berkleman Lecture on Biological Warfare, with the American Chemical Society, Dow AgroSciences, 9330 Zionsville Road, northwest Indianapolis. Reservations required with Ms. Mamie Cable 317 276-6388. Dinner at 6 PM; talk begins at approximately 7 PM.

Message from the Local Indianapolis AIChE President

Please join us to socialize and enjoy our local AIChE annual, evening, dinner meeting.

We will elect officers for the coming fall and next year and present some awards including Chemical Engineer of the year. Volunteers for office are Tom Leas for President, Kevin Keating for Vice-President, and John Elliot for Secretary/Treasurer. Dr. Alan D. Schmidt will become past-President which is also a member of the executive committee along with the officers.

The local section AIChE National representative, Anette Ngijol; or Felicia Guglielmi, manager of Member Services; or Betty from AIChE National, may join us to discuss AIChE national and local section issues including the developing extreme AIChE financial crisis which could lead to the bankruptcy of AIChE National by the end of the year. Check and use the case-sensitive password financial for further details. Dianne Dorland, 2003 National AIChE President describes the erosion of AIChE's financial health and the possibility of insolvency within a year. She states that major restructuring of the national organization and programs is imperative for financial stability. Growth may come from strategic alliances with other scientific or professional societies. There will be a decision at the June board meeting. Relay suggestions and concerns to

Some twenty-five year AIChE members with significant accomplishments in the chemical engineering field and professional attainment are eligible to apply for a fellowship grade membership. Contact your President to check on eligibility and for further details.

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

What Some Missed

Nobel prize winner Dr. Roald Hoffman

It was a truly mind expanding view of Chemistry and our perception of the world. His lecture was based on his book The Same and Not the Same, which was available for sale along with several books of poetry he had written. Your Vice-President already had the book, while your President and editor purchased the book in case any borrowing is desired. There may have been two hundred people attending this lecture at Butler University.

It was a truly fabulous opportunity to have been able to hear this Nobel Prize winner speak, and the several hours he spoke positively flew by. It is a real shame that so many local AIChE members chose not to take advantage of it. I'd like to urge those of you who have not joined us at our previous meetings to attend the upcoming meetings. Our organization is made up of some really talented and amazing people! It really is worth making the time to spend one evening a month together. Please consider joining us for our May 13th year-end banquet as well as the June 19th lecture.

Lia Treffman, Newsletter Editor

From the AIChE Exchange

Announcing the 2003 AIChE Leadership Development Conference: Chartering the Future will be held June 6-8, 2003 in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey!

A Critical Time to Access the Future Now, more than ever leaders are faced with the challenges of uncertainty in employment and the world at large. These added pressures test the foundation of leadership principles. With this in mind, AIChE has developed a program that addresses these concerns and provides an environment conducive for leaders to exchange ideas and come away with a renewed sense of self and goals for their team.

Guest Speaker: PJ Juvekar, Director, and Major Chemicals Analyst, Smith Barney

Gather and Share Valuable Information with Your Peers

What you will learn:

  • Tools for effective communication
  • Managing obstacles and conflict
  • Tips on programming
  • Securing future leaders
  • Methods to incorporate change through creative ideas
  • Opportunities to:

  • Network with Board Members and Operating Council Members
  • Interact with professionals in industry and academia
  • Exchange ideas with fellow officers

    Sessions Cover the Spectrum of Leadership Techniques and Challenges

  • Charting your Course: Succession Planning & Governance
  • Hoisting the Sails of Success: Effective Means of Communication
  • Steering Through Storms: Managing Conflict to Achieve Outstanding Team Results
  • Securing the Future: Young Professional Membership/Volunteerism
  • Leading the Way: Local Sections/Divisions/Forums Best Practices

    For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit

    Register By phone: Call 800-242-4363 or 212-591-8891.

    Hotel Deadline: May 9, 2003

    Registration Deadline: June 2, 2003

    Announcing the 2003 AIChE/ACS Management Conference: Innovation Across Boundaries will be held May 4-7, 2003 in Amelia Island, Florida!

    A Critical Time to Accelerate Innovation AIChE & ACS remain committed to the conference at a time, we feel, is critical for our nation to accelerate innovation and the economic stimulus it provides. This conference will enable you to learn "best practices" from executive industry practitioners who will present their experiences and discuss solutions. A full agenda will also include ample time for networking to allow you to exchange ideas on innovation--the key to growing a profitable business.

    Senior executives who attended last year's event offered these comments...

    "Excellent presenters offering real world examples"
    "Applicable subject matter to many different industries"
    "Roundtable discussion enabled me to have close contact with colleagues"
    Sessions Designed to Develop Profitable Collaborations, Products & Technologies

    Innovation Across National, Geographical and Cultural Boundaries

    Learn about the challenges/opportunities involved in developing global alliances, partnerships and outsourcing R&D - including dealing with different cultures and customs, organizational hierarchies, negotiating and management styles, and more.

    Innovation Across Industry Boundaries
    Case studies will address how to overcome barriers to combining core technologies/competencies and operational skills from different industry sectors.

    Innovation between Large and Small Organizations
    This session will highlight actual collaborations between large and small organizations and why these new alliances are becoming an established way of doing business.

    For the complete schedule and more details, visit: To register: or call 800.242.4363 or 212.591.8100.

    Accelerating profitability is now a global imperative - making it imperative to seize the competitive advantage in your field.

    AIChE Executive Committee
    Indianapolis Section, 2002-2003