American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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June 2010 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating



June MeetingAIChE at Victory Field baseball game: Indianapolis Indians vs. Durham Bulls


Date:  Monday, June 21, 2010.


Schedule:  meet by 6:45 PM in front of the Victory Field ticket booth at the corner of Maryland St. and West St. in downtown Indianapolis

 Description:  For camaraderie, we will be enjoying a baseball game.  Have dinner at the ballpark with the Monday Dollar Menu.  Get hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack, popcorn, and chips all for $1 each.  There is a limit of four hot dogs, but don't worry...it’s only per concession visit.  Presented by Lay's Potato Chips & Marsh.

RSVP to your new Indianapolis Section of AIChE Chairman, Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt, at aschmidt at idem.in.gov  or 317 233-5190 so we will look for you or call my cell phone for last minute logistics at 317 695-5741

Price:  To encourage attendance, the ticket cost for local AIChE section members will be covered by the local section.





From the Chairman …


Thank you Tom Leas for leading the local AIChE section through some good activities and events this past year that you summarized in our May Distillates.  As I move up to Chairman from the Vice-Chairman position, I leave a vacancy that I hope an energetic member will volunteer to fill.  We could discuss the possibility at the upcoming baseball game.


Members please help your local AIChE section by volunteering an evening meeting room at your facility for a speaker, offering a tour of your facility, or by recommending a potential speaker or activity for the local section.  Please let me know which days of the week and times would be best to plan a meeting or activity. 


AIChE has a Speaker’s Corner where experts in various fields have volunteered to speak at a local section meeting.  To gauge interest please let me know if you would come to a meeting with one of the following speakers and topics:

Bipin Vora

UOP – retired


After receiving Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1967 from the University of New Mexico, Bipin Vora joined UOP R&D as a development engineer and at the end of 2006 he retired as UOP Fellow, a highest technical ladder position at UOP. 

Bipin Vora has been one of the key individuals responsible for leading the development and commercialization of several UOP processes.  Bipin is currently an active consultant and advisor. 

He has 86 US patents, over 200 international patents, and over 130 publications.  He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division of AIChE, the AIChE Chemical Engineering Practice Award, the ACS National Award in Industrial Chemistry, and is an AIChE Fellow. 

His fields of specialization include catalytic dehydrogenation, detergent alkylation, methanol to olefins, motor fuel HF alkylation, and a broad knowledge of refining and petrochemical processes reaction mechanisms, process and catalysis research, process development, process design and scale-up, and new technology commercialization.


Sustainability and Chemical Engineering

Catalytic Dehydrogenation Processes

UOP History of Petroleum Refining & Petrochemical Process Developments

Options for Natural Gas Utilization-Methane Conversion Options

Art of Concept to Commercialization

History of Synthetic Detergent Raw Material Production

Century of Petroleum Advances

Heriberto Cabezas

US Environmental Protection Agency

Heriberto Cabezas is currently the Acting Director of the Sustainable Technology Division in the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development.  He was formerly Chief of the Sustainable Environments Branch is a multidisciplinary research group of some seventeen scientists and engineers - thirteen at the doctoral level - in the same Office at the U.S. EPA.  Dr. Cabezas served as Chair of the Environmental Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for 2006.  He was a recipient of the 1998 EPA Science Achievement Award in Engineering, and the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Dr. Cabezas received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Florida in 1985 in the area of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.  He also holds a M.S. from the University of Florida (1981) and a B.S. (magna cum laude) from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (1980), both in chemical engineering.  His publications include over fifty peer-reviewed articles.  He is a Fellow of the AIChE, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Board Certified Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.  Dr. Cabezas is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.


Sustainability Metrics for Regional Environmental Management: The San Luis Basin Project



The local section needs volunteers to fill the following positions:


·         We need a new person to volunteer for the Vice-Chairman position.  This is an excellent opportunity for an individual to get leadership experience and prepare for the Chairman’s position.


·         In order to foster closer communication between Local Sections and the global AIChE organization, a new leadership position has been developed - the CIO (Chief Information Officer).  The CIO will be a volunteer you will identify from your Section (a Fellow might be an ideal choice) that will serve as a direct link between your Local Section officers and members and the larger AIChE organization. In short, the CIO will be the focal point for communicating grassroots issues and needs to the rest of the AIChE organization and leadership, and help to create member service and value. 


Please give me a call at (317) 233-5190, if you would be interested in filling one of these important roles.  Please join fellow members for the Monday baseball game. 


The AIChE Leadership Development Conference in Kingsport, Tennessee provided information, contacts, and motivation for the upcoming AIChE local section year.  There is a wealth of information at the www.aiche.org website including the content at ChemE on Demand.  I hope you will use some of the resources available to you through AIChE and join us for some upcoming local section activities.


Sincerely yours,


Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt

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





Meeting Activities for Indianapolis 2010



June 21, 2010              

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




Welcome to AIChE 
The global professional community for nearly 40,000 chemical engineers in 93 countries. AIChE provides members with technical resources as well as tools to manage their careers and lives.

Renew your yearly AIChE membership for 2010 @ 2010 Membership Renewal


Visit the http://www.aiche.org/ web site to find information, visit forums, renew membership, or find benefits, career listings, and other advice from our national headquarters.  Current items include those shown below;

Job Hunting?
CareerEngineer is still the only job posting system built exclusively for chemical engineers. New listings appear daily. Be sure to visit CareerEngineer at http://www.aiche.org/apps/careerengineer/index.asp.       

Also from AIChE National

·         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.


·         2010 AIChE Midwest Regional Conference - September 30 - October 1, 2010 - Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL.


·         2010 AIChE Annual - November 7-12, 2010 - Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT.  See http://www.aiche.org/Conferences/AnnualMeeting/index.aspx

The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. A wide range of subjects relevant to latest research and newest technologies in emerging growth areas will be covered.

Highlights of the 2010 meeting will include:

-62nd Institute Lecture
-Professional Progress Award Lecture
-SBE’S James E. Bailey Award Lecture

Plus, topical conferences on Environmental Sustainability, Hydrogen, Oil, and Gas Production, Nanotechnology in Medicine, and Green Process Engineering.



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.



Fellow Chemists:  The Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce its newly refurbished Indiana Section Website…


Indiana Local Section - Home



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


·         June 21 – Teacher at Sea in the Artic - Christine Hedge

·         June 28 – Sleep 2010 – What’s New What’s Known - Diane Friedman RN MSN

·         July 5 – NO MEETING – 4th of July Holiday

·         July 12 – Annual Super Mileage Challenge for High School Students - Jim Thompson

·         July 19 – The Vigorous Mind: Cross-Training Your Brain - Ingrid Cummings



For further details, contact Dr. Alan Schmidt at (317) 233-5190 or 695-5741.  For later Monday programs check the Scientech calendar at Scientech Presentation Schedule







Officers and Volunteers for 2010 - 2011


Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt, IDEM, 317-233-5190




John Elliott, IDEM, 317-233-0703

Past Chairman

Thomas Leas, IDEM, 317-234-4051 


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