American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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May 2009 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating



May MeetingsNight of Baseball when the Indianapolis Indians

hosts the Syracuse Chiefs (affiliate of the Washington Nationals).



Just for FUN….

The next-to-last meeting of the current year, as we head into our summer break, please joins the officers and members of the Indianapolis Section of AIChE for a night at the ol’ballpark, and enjoy an evening at Victory Field with the Indianapolis Indians.



Date:  Monday, May 18, 2008


Schedule:  Game starts at 7:00 PM – unlimited seating - Spouses and friends are invited to join us for the evening.


501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis, IN 46225 – Victory Field is located within White River State Park on the southwest side of downtown Indianapolis. The ballpark is easily accessible from I-65 and I-70. There are also plenty of parking options within walking distance of Victory Field.

RSVP:   To help us plan and keep a seat open for you, please RSVP by Monday, May 11 to Mike Wertz via e-mail at mike.wertz [at] heritage-enviro.com or by phone at (317) 486-2778.

Price:  Ticket cost $13 for box seats.

From the Chairman …


On April 16, Alan Schmidt, our past Section Chairman, and I traveled to West Lafayette for an evening meeting with Purdue’s student chapter of the AIChE.  Bribed by a couple of party trays from Jimmie John’s, approximately 20 chemical engineering students attended the meeting.  We discussed graduate school, various career paths in chemical engineering, and the students’ potential roles in shaping our country’s energy policies in the future.


I want to thank the officers of the Purdue student chapter for organizing the meeting, especially Jeff Livarchik and Bill Theodosopoulos.  In addition, thank you to Alan for sharing his experiences and to Professors Albright (retired) and Varma (current head of the ChE school) for providing their insights.  I enjoyed the meeting, and I hope that it was beneficial for the students.


Our next event will be an Indianapolis Indians baseball game at Victory Field on Monday, May 18.  The opponent is Syracuse.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.  We will purchase a group of tickets for box seats ($13 each) so that we can sit together.  If you are interested in attending the game, please call me or send an e-mail, preferably by May 11.  Family members and friends are also invited.


If you have any questions, or if you have suggestions for plant tours or guest speakers for future meetings, please contact me via e-mail at mike.wertz [at] heritage-enviro.com or by phone at (317) 486-2778.



Mike Wertz

Section Chairman, Indianapolis AIChE

Call for Officers – Indianapolis AIChE

If you would like to become more active and/or if you may want to become officers in future years, there are committee chair openings.  If you can help or have an interest, the officers will welcome you and help you learn to lead a committee.

Highlights from AIChE – Our 100 Years Anniversary


Informative and motivating sessions on group dynamics and team building, communications, goal setting, delegating, and presentations are part of this our 100 year celebration of chemical engineering.  Visit the 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;


AIChE Celebrates Its 100th Birthday 1908-2008

History of American Institute of Chemical Engineers - AIChE members have free access to the online editions of four books commemorating its 100th, 75th, 50th and 25th anniversaries. These titles offer a unique opportunity to understand the birth, history and future of the chemical engineering profession and the Institute.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers - National


AIChE Calendar






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Fellow Chemists:  The Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce its newly refurbished Indiana Section Website… http://membership.acs.org/i/indiana/index.html



Science and Engineering Presentations:

Scientech meetings are held nearly every Monday at the Northside Knights of Columbus just west of Keystone on 71st Street. They begin at 11:15 am with a buffet luncheon ($10.00). Announcements and introductions are at noon; followed by the presentation which continues to 1:00 pm.

Members of the audience may ask questions or make comments. The meeting ends promptly at 1:00pm. Museum personnel conduct special tours of new exhibits for Club members following some meetings. Other meetings may be replaced with a tour of some place of interest, usually on a major holiday. Any exceptions are noted on the calendar page of this site.


Calendar of Events


Some meetings may be replaced with a tour of some place of interest, usually on a major holiday. Any exceptions are noted in the calendar listing below.   Following are the Scientech meetings scheduled for the near future:

Future Talks

April 6 – Noise and Fetal Hearing Development – Dr. Floyd Thurston

April 13 – Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning - N. Melind

April 20 – Indiana’s Military Contributions –Yesterday and Today – Bgen J. Stewart Goodwin

April 27- Eiteljorg Museum’s 20th Anniversary – Ed Cockerill

May 4- Infantry Adaptations in Iraq from 2003 to 2008 – Chad Pittman – This talk will discuss from personal experience how the US Infantry has adopted its technologies and techniques from my tour during the invasion in 2003 compared to my deployment in 2008.

May 11- History of the Coroner in England and the US – Dr. John Pless

May 18- Business Blogging - Science or Art? – Rhoda Israelov

May 25- Memorial Day – No meeting

May 18- 5 More Things You Should Be Doing With Your Computer – Patric Welch

May 18- Annis Water Resources Institute Update – Alan Steinman



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

Indianapolis AIChE – Local Section Calendar


The latest monthly meeting schedule of the Indianapolis Section of the AIChE for 2009




May 18 – 7:00 p. m.

Indianapolis Indians baseball game - Date TBD - Victory Field - Indianapolis, IN

June 16 - 5:30 p.m.

Annual Meeting / Dinner Meeting - Old Spaghetti Factory - Indianapolis, IN



Although subject to change, our meetings will typically be held on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Additional information will be provided in our monthly newsletters and on our website.  Please consider attending a monthly meeting, and bring a guest!


If you would like to volunteer to be a guest speaker or to host a plant tour, please contact me via e-mail at mike.wertz [at] heritage-enviro.com or by phone at (317) 486-2778.

Officers for 2008 - 2009


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


Phillip Endres,  Eli Lilly, 317-433-0464


John Elliott, IDEM, 317-233-0703

Past Chairman

Alan Schmidt, IDEM, 317-233-5190

Scholarship Committee



Chris Burcham, Eli Lilly, 317-651-6437

Professional Development

Elizabeth Robin, Eli Lilly, 317-651-6437

Government Relations

Alan Schmidt, IDEM, 317-233-5190


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

Student Chapter Advisor

Becky Smith, Eli Lilly, 317-277-6509

Public Relations

Becky Smith, Eli Lilly, 317-277-6509

Newsletter Editor

Kevin Keating, Eli Lilly, 317-651-1698


Indianapolis AIChE – Local Section:  http://www.indyaiche.org/