AIChE - Indianapolis Section



American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Indianapolis Section

October 2002 Meeting

2002-2003 Meeting Schedule:

October 2002 - Dinner meeting at Old Spaghetti Warehouse

November 2, 2002 - National Chemistry Week at Indianapolis Children’s Museum

November 3-8, 2002 - AIChE Annual Meeting at the Indiana Convention Center

Welcome and AIChE Annual Meeting in Indianapolis Discussion

We replaced our typical September welcome with an interesting talk by Tony Ware on the Human Genome Project, so our October meeting will be our typical welcome dinner to another year of local section AIChE activities. Please join your fellow chemical engineers in the local area for a pleasant meal after work. Individual meals will be ordered from the menu. We will discuss the November 2 AIChE table at the Children’s Museum, final arrangements for the AIChE Annual Meeting here in Indianapolis, volunteer opportunities, and other details.

If possible, please make a reservation with Alan Schmidt at (317) 233-5190 beforehand so that we know how large a table to request and have a list of active AIChE attendees, but if not just show up.

When: Tuesday October 22, 2000, 5:30pm

Where: Meet at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 210 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis. Ask for the AIChE table with Alan Schmidt.

November 2, 2002

National Starch and Chemical Company through Denise Curtis has volunteered supplies for a chemical engineering table at the Children’s Museum for National Chemistry Week. We need volunteers to monitor a portion of the chemical activities from 10am to 5pm Saturday November 2, 2002. Please contact Alan Schmidt at (317) 233-5190 to volunteer so that everyone can have an enjoyable time. We need a list so the volunteers can enter the museum easily. We will have biodegradable peanuts that disappear in water, a starch solution which is dilatant (gets thick if sheared fast but will melt through your fingers), a demonstration of soap bubbles in salt water and regular water, and some chemical engineering information.

2002 AIChE Annual Meeting - November 3 to 8, 2002

Words from your Indianapolis Section of the AIChE Chairman and

AIChE Annual Meeting General Arrangements Committee (GAC) Chairman,

Dr. Alan D. Schmidt:

National AIChE is having their Annual Meeting here for the first time. Please make a big effort to fill some of the volunteer slots and take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to interact with national AIChE and contribute to the functioning of our national organization. If you cannot interrupt your work week there are a number of morning and afternoon volunteer slots open for Sunday, November 3 for on-site registration.

Further local section November activities include attendance at the many technical presentations and activities of the AIChE Annual Meeting at the Indiana Convention Center here in Indianapolis, Indiana. Check at for meeting details and at our own web site for information on the plant tours, guest tours, and evening event. Note your local members on the General Arrangements Committee for the AIChE Annual Meeting.

There is a Sunday evening welcoming Reception , 6 to 7:30pm, November 3. Your local General Arrangements Committee was able to help raise over $30,000 from local industry to sponsor food at the Welcoming Reception (GAC Vice-Chairman, Tom Leas, Indiana Dept. of Commerce, Energy Policy Division, One North Capital, Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 232-8945 ). A complete list of sponsors is listed on the AICHE web site. Come and renew acquaintances with former classmates and professors.

There are plant tours of National Starch and Chemical Company (a new addition), Nov.4; Eli Lilly, Nov 5; and Dow AgroSciences Nov.6, (GAC Plant Tours Chair, Chris Burcham, Commercialization Technical Center, Eli Lilly and Company, Drop Code 5517, Indianapolis, IN 46285 (317) 651-6437 ).

The Evening event was changed to a magical evening at Magic Moments Restaurant, Wednesday November 6. (Dr. Alan D. Schmidt GAC Evening Event Chair, IDEM, 100 N. Senate Ave., P.O. Box 6015, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6015, (317) 233-5190 ).

Guest tours include Indianapolis, Brown County and the Oliver Winery, and Conner Prairie historical village (GAC Guest Tours Chair, Dr. Karl Schnelle, Dow Agro Sciences, 9330 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268 (317) 337-3140 ).

Direct any publicity suggestions to Publicity Chair, Becky Smith, local AIChE Student Chapter Adviser, Eli Lilly, (317) 277-6509

Annual Meeting Program Copy Chair, Lia Treffman, (317) 847-4673


Herb Scheftel in charge of the career fair on Sunday Nov. 3 8:30am to 5:30pm and Monday Nov. 4 9am to 3pm needs volunteers to assist with collecting candidate information forms, filing and distributing interview request forms, and scheduling interviews. Contact Herb at (212) 591-7670 and also copy GAC Chair Alan Schmidt (317) 233-5190

More volunteers are still needed for the on-site AIChE Annual Meeting registration and for rovers to check on the audio visual and other needs at the technical sessions. Please contact On-site Registration/Finance Chair, Amanda McDaniel, Global Chemical Process R&D, Lilly Corporate Center, Indianapolis, IN 46285 (317) 276-4765

Message from Amanda McDaniel:

We still need many volunteers to help with registration for the national conference. Volunteers
will distribute registration packages and other printed materials and check-in participants. The
full day shifts can be split into half day shifts. The current needs are listed below. A limited
number of FREE conference passes and day passes are available to volunteers who work for
a full day shift (can be split into 2 half day shifts). Contact Amanda McDaniel for more info at
276-4765 or

Sunday, Nov. 3
3 full day shifts (7:30am - 5:30pm)
1 afternoon shift (12:30 - 5:30)

Monday, Nov. 4
6 full day shifts (7:00am - 4:30pm)
1 afternoon shift (12 - 4:30)

Tuesday, Nov. 5
4 full day shifts (7:00am - 4:30pm)
1 afternoon shift (12 - 4:30)

Wednesday, Nov. 6
1 full day shift (7:00am - 4:00pm)
2 afternoon shifts (11:30 - 4:00)

Thursday, Nov. 7
1 afternoon shift (11:00am - 3:00pm)

Get To Know A Member:

Your humble newsletter editor would again like to apologize for the absence of the "Get To Know A Member" feature in this month’s newsletter. I continue to be distracted by my job search. These features will return as soon as I can manage it.

Lia M. Treffman, Newsletter Editor


Local participation is always utilized to fill positions on the General Arrangements Committee (GAC). Several sub-committees make up the GAC and more volunteers are needed on these committees for this year’s meeting.

AIChE Executive Committee

Indianapolis Section, 2002-2003