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 American Institute of Chemical Engineers 
Indianapolis Section



September 2006 Newsletter

Kevin Keating


September Meeting --  Welcome / Let’s Get Acquainted Dinner

Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 5:30 PM

Best Taste Chinese Restaurant, 917 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN (Ph: 317-684-1818)

(from downtown Indianapolis, going northwest on Indiana Avenue, just before the intersection with 10th street, turn right into the strip shopping area, go around to the back or north side to park by the restaurant.)


5:30 PM          


Meet at the Best Taste Chinese Restaurant

Get a meal from the buffet (free for AIChE members [reimbursed or paid by the treasurer], $5 for guests)

5:30 to 6:00  PM 

Food, general conversation, and frivolity

6:00 PM          


Discussion of upcoming meetings and events for the AIChE, Indianapolis Section and summary of the leadership development conference.

Please RSVP: Reserve with Alan Schmidt by telephone at (317) 233-5190 or by Monday, September 18th to present an idea, for attendance or to join our networking list!  But, please just show up even if it fits in at the last moment.

Chairman’s Message

Thank you for your continued support and interest in AIChE and the 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 Chairman, Alan Schmidt for Vice-Chairman, and John Elliott for Secretary/Treasurer.  Daniel Harper will become past-Chairman, which is also a member of the executive committee along with the elected officers.  Other officers include Karl Schnelle as Webmaster, Christopher Burcham as Roster/Membership and Becky Smith as Student Chapter Advisor. Please come and enjoy dinner with us on September 19.   Congratulations to Kevin Keating on receiving the 2005/2006 Chemical Engineer of the Year Award from the Indianapolis Section. 

I attended the 2006 Leadership Development Conference of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers held at Houston, Texas on June 2 – 4, 2006.  Approximately 70 people were in attendance, including attendees from the national office, AIChE Board Members, and officers of other local sections. Highlights from the conference will be discussed at this months meeting.  

Thomas E. Leas PE

Chairman, Indianapolis Section of AIChE

Meeting Schedule:

Upcoming Events

The Chicago Section of AIChE is running a regional Technology Symposium on October 9th and 10th presenting two parallel tracks; energy and refining.  Conference info can be found at:

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

September, 2006

Dinner Kick-Off Meeting at Best Taste Chinese Restaurant – free food

October, 2006

Plant Tour


November, 2006

Chemistry Week – Saturday Display at Children’s Museum

Scientech luncheon 


December, 2006

No meeting - Holiday


January, 2007

Speaker – Ed Chu (Energy topic)  


February, 2007

Plant Tour


March, 2007

Purdue Section meeting


April, 2007

Joint meeting with ACS – Invite speaker from AIChE Speakers Academy

May, 2007

Meeting - Election of Officers and Awards


June, 2007

Indians Baseball Game at Victory Field, Indianapolis


Highlights from AIChE

Visit AIChE to find information, visit forums, renew membership or find benefits, career listings, and other advice from our national headquarters.  Current items include:

Election Ballots Being Mailed
Position statements and bios of candidates for president-elect, secretary and director for the 2007 election are available on the web at Paper ballots are being mailed to all fellows, senior members and members. Members can choose to vote by paper ballot or electronic proxy. Members may cast one vote only. Results will be announced at the AIChE Annual Meeting in November and in the December issue of CEP magazine.

Job Hunting?
CareerEngineer is still the only job posting system built exclusively for chemical engineers. At press time, 47 positions were listed and new listings appear daily. Be sure to visit CareerEngineer at

AIChE 2006 Annual Meeting, November 12-17, San Francisco, CA

For R&D professionals, AIChE’s Annual Meeting provides an open forum to present papers to fellow engineers and scientists from around the world. For students, the national conference is the ideal place to learn, network and receive recognition. This year, experts and thought leaders from around the world representing government and industry will be on hand to participate in the Industry and Government Leaders Roundtable on the Future of Chemical Engineering. Visit for details and to register.

The Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) invites you to submit your abstract for the First International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering (ICBE)
January 14-18, 2007 at the Marriott Coronado Island Resort in San Diego, CA. This conference brings together researchers using quantitative approaches to advance the understanding and application of biology at the molecular level contributing to the development of public health. Visit for more detailed information and to submit an abstract. The Call for Papers is scheduled to close September 15, 2006.

Call for Officers

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 please contact one of the Section Officers.

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, September 18Training Iraq Security -- Speaker: Scot King

 Monday, September 18Program: Tour of Subaru Assembly Plant

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.

Fellow Chemists:

The Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce its newly refurbished Indiana Section Website!!!!  ....please come and visit us....

All ACS events for 2006-2007 are included…..also, other important information for the Section available.

New Officers for the New Year…..
2006 - 2007 Officers