American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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February 2010 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


February Meeting – CIS-IEEE National Engineers Children's Day




Co-Sponsored by Indiana Council of Engineering Societies 


Date: Saturday, February 13, 2010


Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Location:  The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, corner of 30th and Illinois St., park in the free covered garage on the west side of Illinois Street. 


Presentation: National Engineers Week will be celebrated February 14-20, 2010. Once again, The IEEE Central Indiana Section (www.cis-ieee.org) and Indiana Council of Engineering Societies (ICES - www.in-ces.org) is teaming up with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, (www.childrensmuseum.org) to increase public awareness about Engineering and to help young students consider Engineering as a career option. 

Activities will be held at The Children's Museum on Saturday, February 13th, from 10:00 - 3:00 pm. Several engineering exhibits will be set-up throughout the museum. Each station will tie an engineering discipline in with that exhibit. There will be "hands on" items at the stations as well. Volunteers from local engineering groups will be there to talk with visitors, answer any questions about engineering, hand out materials and to validate visitor's cards. Visitors to the museum will be given a "schematic" upon entering the museum, and after successfully visiting all of our engineering stations, and turning in their cards, they'll be eligible for prizes to be given away through a drawing at 3:00 pm that day.  

RSVP:  Please contact Alan Schmidt via aschmidt at idem.in.gov or by phone at (317) 233-5190, if you have any questions. Feel free to stop by our exhibit. Volunteers must have already completed a Children's Museum Volunteer Form to participate. 

From the Chairman …


The Indianapolis Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will be participating in the CIS-IEEE National Engineers Children's Day at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis on February 13, 2010. Our activity will have a puzzle game where the children can read a clue, see pictures of a chemical engineering practice/activity and match them with a chemical element. Also, a chemical periodic table will be on display and two zip-up posters from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will show industrial scenes for background. Attention will be given to industrial operations within the state. This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the Indiana's manufacturing capabilities and products to future engineers, scientists, and citizens. This event will take the place of our Local Section Meeting for February.


The January Local Section Meeting was held with the Scientech Club. Dr. William Dick gave a presentation on the history of kidney dialysis. Pioneering work beginning in 1827 and ongoing milestone developments by many researchers perhaps have made dialysis as the medical field with the fastest technological advances of all medical discoveries in the past 400 years. This would have not been possible without the help of many engineers, who designed many pieces of equipment in the story. The originally planned presentation by IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz on higher education in science and engineering was rescheduled for a later date.        


If you have any questions, or if you have suggestions for plant tours or guest speakers for future AIChE meetings, please contact me via e-mail at tleas at idem.in.gov or by phone at (317) 234-4051. The Rose-Hulman Student Chapter would like to arrange a joint meeting with us at a later date. Also, others have expressed interest in joining the Indianapolis Section of AIChE.


Thanks for your support.      


Tom Leas PE

Chairman, Indianapolis Section of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)



Meeting Activities for Indianapolis 2009/2010



February 13, 2010

National Engineers Day at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and/or attend Pacers basketball game

March 16, 2010


April 2010

Joint Meeting with Purdue Student Chapter,
West Lafayette; 6 p.m.

May 18, 2010

Annual Meeting and Election of Officers/ Dinner 5:30 p.m.

June 2010              

Indianapolis Indians baseball game, Victory Field, Indianapolis 6:45 p.m.

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Also from AIChE National


         5th SPE/AIChE Joint Workshop - Heavy Oil and Bitumen - February 23-24, 2010 -
Renaissance Hotel - Houston, TX

         2010 AIChE Spring National Meeting - March 21-25, 2010 -
Grand Hyatt, San Antonio, TX.


         SBE’s Second International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering - May 2-5, 2010 Hyatt Harborside Hotel - Boston, MA.


         Leadership Development Conference - June 4-6, 2010 - Kingsport, TN

         AIChE’s 2010 Process Development Symposium: Energy Challenges for Process Development - June 27-30, 2010 - The Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, MO.


         The 5th International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Co-sponsored by Society for Biological Engineering (SBE)
- August 1-4, 2010 - Biopolis, Singapore.

Call for Officers – Indianapolis AIChE

We are looking for members who would like to become officers for the 2010-2011 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 Northside Knights of Columbus just west of Keystone on 71st Street starting at 11:15 am with a buffet luncheon ($10.00 or $2.00 for beverages only). 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. Any exceptions are noted in the calendar listing below.


Calendar of Events


February 8 – What's New with MS WINDOWS 7 - Patric Welch

February 15 – A Man for His Times - Dwight V. Ericsson

February 22- Eleanor of Aquitaine - Bill Dick

February 22 - Noblesville High School Science Fair

March 1 - Lewis and Clark at the IMAX - Craig Mince

March 8 - I35 Bridge Collapse - Dr. Rob Conner

March 15 - Giving the Gift of Life - Lynn Driver


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…



Officers for 2009 - 2010


Thomas Leas, IDEM, 317-234-4051


Alan Schmidt, IDEM, 317-233-5190


John Elliott, IDEM, 317-233-0703

Past Chairman

Michael Wertz, Heritage Enviro. Servs., 317-486-2778


Karl Schnelle, Dow AgroSciences LLC, 317-337-3140

Newsletter Editor

Kevin Keating, Eli Lilly, 317-651-1698


Link to Indianapolis chapter website: http://www.indyaiche.org