American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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March 2010 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


March Meeting – Presentation - Efficient Production of Biofuels in High Yield from Cellulosic Waste using Novel Yeast Strains


Presented By: Mike Neibler, CEO, Xylogenics, Inc


Date: Monday, March 22, 2010


Schedule: 5:30 pm


Location:  Xylogenics, Inc, 351 W. 10th St., Ste 504, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.  317.697.7514         See their website at  www.xylogenics.com   



About Mr. Neibler:  Mr. Mike Neibler graduated as a chemical engineer from Ohio State University and has been involved in life science and software companies for the last 20 years. His present position is CEO of Xylogenics, Inc. The company assets include an agreement licensing technology from the Indiana University School of Medicine for genetically engineered yeasts used in the ethanol industry. This is a breakthrough product for biofuel production.



Dinner:  A meeting/presentation has been confirmed with Xylogenics, Inc (www.xylogenics.com) on March 22, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. Afterwards, the AIChE group can plan to have dinner at the Historic Buggs Temple Creation Café (http://www.indycanal.com/development/), which is within walking distance of Xylogenics.     


RSVP:  Please contact Alan Schmidt via aschmidt at idem.in.gov or by phone at (317) 233-5190, if you have any questions.

From the Chairman …


More than 400 people stopped by our table at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the CIS-IEEE National Engineers Children's Day on February 13, 2010. Many children were interested in hearing about the work of chemical engineers. They then matched pictures of an industrial activity in the state with a fun fact. One boy listened intently to hear about the role of synfuels for energy production and was encouraged by his parents and other adults as he went to the next exhibit. Just a little seed in a moment of time can make a difference.        


Please join us for this month’s presentation, “Efficient Production of Biofuels from Cellulosic Waste from Novel Yeast Strains”.   Afterwards, the group can plan to have sandwiches/dinner at the Historic Buggs Temple Creation Café – see their website at (http://www.indycanal.com/development/), Buggs Temple is within walking distance of Xylogenics for whoever wants to go.


I look forward to visiting with you at Xylogenics and hearing the technology presentation.    




Tom Leas PE

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


Meeting Activities for Indianapolis 2010



March 16, 2010

Presentation -  Mike Neibler, CEO, Xylogenics, Inc

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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Renew your yearly AIChE membership for 2010 @ 2010 Membership Renewal

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Also from AIChE National

·         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.


·         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.

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


March 8 - I35 Bridge Collapse - Dr. Rob Conner

March 15 - An Overview and history of Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO) - Lynn Driver

March 22 - Presentations by Top Winners in Regional Science Fair - Science Fair Winners

March 29 - Hiking Italian Dolomites, with a Touch of Venice and World War I - Bill Stanley

April 5 - The Oughtred Society and The History of The Slide Rule and Other Calculating Instruments - Barry Dreikorn

April 12 - Coronary Artery Disease and You - Dr. James Dillon



For further details contact Dr. Alan Schmidt at (317) 233-5190 or 865-3545.  For later Monday programs check the Scientech calendar at Scientech Presentation Schedule

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


Indiana Local Section - Home

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