Indianapolis Section



American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Indianapolis Section

September 2003 Newsletter

Editor: Lia Treffman

September Meeting

Welcome / Lets Get-Acquainted Dinner

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Where: Hong Kong China Buffet, 1524 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN (west side of Illinois Street just north of Rich Furniture)


5:30 PM Meet at Hong Kong China Buffet
5:40 PM Get a Complete Meal from the Buffet (free for AIChE members, $5 for others)
5:45 PM Dinner
6:15 PM Discussion of upcoming meeting and events for the AIChE, Indianapolis Section

Please RSVP: They say there is no free lunch, but there is actually a free get-acquainted dinner for AIChE members at the Hong Kong China Buffet, 5:30 pm, Tuesday, September 23, 1524 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis (west side of Illinois Street just north of Rich Furniture). Reserve with Kevin Keating at Keating_Kevin at lilly dot com or telephone (317) 651-1698 to give some idea on attendance, but just show up if it fits in at the last moment.

2003/04 Meeting Schedule (including special events)

Message from the President

Thank you for your continued support and interest in AIChE, Indianapolis Section. We look forward to a great year of activities including plant tours, speakers, and other events.

Officers that were elected at our last meeting in May to serve this year 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. Tom Leas also received the Chemical Engineer of the Year Award for 2003.

Here are some thoughts about goals and objectives as a general outline in the coming year. As a local section, we want to:

  • Reflect the strengths of our community and support chemical engineering advancements such as in lifesciences, nanotechnology, renewable energy, clean coal technology, as well as traditional activities;
  • Continue to improve our newsletter and website for increasing the awareness of our members and associated companies about the local section activities;
  • Recognize local members who may be eligible for AIChE Fellow membership; performed outstanding service; and/or received awards;
  • Support relations with AIChE national and seek project connect grants or program planning grants;
  • Encourage local members to get involved in leadership opportunities within AIChE; and
  • Develop activities and meetings that serve the needs of our local members.
  • As you know, AIChE National is looking for ways to reduce expenses and balance their operating budget. In the near term, they will depend more upon volunteer efforts at the local level as well as reduce staff and services. Member dues will increase slightly to approximately $200/year. They also plan to sublease part of their office space in New York City. In the long term, AIChE is exploring possible mergers, alliances, and joint ventures with other societies such as American Chemical Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Reasons for the budget shortfalls include a decline in membership from about 50,000 to 40,000 chemical engineers, information technology investments, rent increases, losses from a ChemExpo (trade show), and the economy. Check for further details.

    Please feel free to contact one of the officers or myself if you have any questions or suggestions about activities for the coming year.

    Thomas E. Leas PE, President of the Indianapolis Section of AIChE

    We Need Volunteers For the 2004 A&WMA Conference in INDY

    (Article from Stephen Dixon)

    The Air & Waste Management Association will be having their Annual Conference in Indianapolis in 2004. The Technical program development process is beginning, with the Call for Papers available at the Association's web site very soon. The Call for Papers is the beginning of a successful technical program! As part of the technical program development, the Co-Vice Chairs of the Technical Program, Dan Weiss and Ann McIver, met with various stakeholders to solicit technical session proposals. Those proposals were taken to San Diego and submitted by the INDY 2004 Local Host Committee (LHC) with a commitment to find chairs for each of the sessions. The A&WMA is also looking for speakers for this meeting.

    This is where we need your assistance! If you've wondered how you can become more involved with the 2004 meeting, your role as a Session Chair would allow you to be involved on the front-line. As a Session Chair, you will be asked to review the submitted abstracts for your session, and to work with the authors on their manuscripts through the coming year. At the conference in 2004, your role is to serve as a moderator for the session, and to introduce your speakers.

    Please contact Dan (dweiss at cinergy dot com) or Ann (amciver at cgcu dot com) if you are interested in serving as a Session Chair. This message will be at

    AIChE Executive Committee
    Indianapolis Section, 2003-2004