American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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June 2007 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


June Meeting –Indianapolis Section AIChE / Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society Joint Meeting



Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2007



Schedule: 5:45 pm Dinner, 6:30 pm Speaker

Description: Frontiers of Pharmaceutical Solid Forms:

Intellectual Property Opportunities and Challenges by Eyal H. Barash

Principal, Aptuit Consulting

Chief Patent Counsel, Aptuit



Location: Special Function Dining Room, Eli Lilly Corporate Center

Lilly Corporate Center, Indianapolis, IN, Tel. (317) 843-1609


RSVP: Please RSVP by June 8th to Marty White at 317/276-4506 by June 8th



Price: $15 for Members/Non-Members

For the listing of New Officers for 2007 – 2008 year see last item below……


From the Past Chairman….

Thank you for your interest and continued support in the Indianapolis Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Focused outcomes from our activities include the following:


The Distillate Newsletter and website updates are important for membership outreach. We are continuing to develop a membership profile summary that can help us better plan for future activities and determine membership growth. Additional efforts will involve participation in the newly created Indiana Council of Engineering Societies (ICES).

Relations with AIChE have been helpful with regard to technology presentations, networking, and other support. Members from the local section have attended the Annual Meeting, Spring Meeting, Leadership Development Conference, and Chicago Symposium. In addition, we received a ProjectConnect grant for $200 to help fund activities with the Purdue Student Chapter. Future support may include a getting a speaker from the AIChE Speakers Academy for an upcoming meeting.

Monthly Meetings have local content and serve to promote the chemical engineering profession, members, and scientific community. We attended tours at Interstate Castings and IU Emerging Technology Center; shared our engineering experiences with Purdue chemical engineering students; and demonstrated to young kids at our Chemistry Week Children’s Museum display some examples of chemistry connections in daily activities plus promoted good habits for environmental stewardship at home. Another activity including having dinner together and hearing about the “Big Dig” in Indianapolis to reduce the combined sewer overflow.


An award was given at our Annual Meeting. Daniel Harper received a Certificate of Recognition for leadership and diligence as the Vice Chairman, Chairman, and Past Chairman positions, which he has fulfilled for 2004 through 2007. In addition, we plan to help support the nomination process for local members who are eligible for AIChE Fellow membership status.

It has been a pleasure to be your Chairman for 2006/2007.

Thomas E. Leas PE

Past Chairman, Indianapolis Section of AIChE

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

June 12, 2007

Joint AIChE/ACS Meeting - Eyal H. Barash, Patent Lawyer, RSVP: June 7, Marty White: (317)-276-4506



From the Chairman….

I appreciate your support in being elected Chairman of the Indianapolis Section of AIChE at our May 22, 2007 AIChE meeting. John Elliott was elected to continue as Secretary/ Treasurer. Tom Leas now has the position of being the past chairman. We all appreciate the program of activities and meetings that Tom helped arrange, his words of wisdom, and leadership during his AIChE Chairmanship.

We need a person to volunteer for Vice chairman of the local AIChE section. The person in the position typically helps the chairman in arranging local meetings and taking reservations and then runs for chairman in the following year. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the local AIChE organization which forms a part of the national AIChE, which arranges national conferences, the annual meeting, training, Chemical and Engineering Progress magazine, and which provides an overall support network for your individual chemical engineering work. Please contact me if you are interested in being the Vice-chairman of our local AIChE section.

We have a valuable continuing support team including Chris Burcham, Roster/membership; Karl Schnelle, Webmaster; Becky Smith Student chapter adviser, public relations; and Kevin Keating newsletter editor. Their support is greatly appreciated and critical.

We will have a joint meeting with ACS June 12, a get together and networking dinner meeting in September, speakers, plant tours, chemical engineering activities, and joint meetings in the coming year. Please remember to include the local dues with your national AIChE membership dues payment by the end of the year.

Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt

Chairman, Indianapolis Section of AIChE

317 233-5190, aschmidt at idem.in.gov



Highlights from AIChE

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;

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

         2007 Leadership Development Conference, June 8th-10th, Boston, MA “Creating a Vision for the Next 100 Years", Courtyard Boston Tremont Hotel, Boston, MA. Join us in Boston this June to celebrate 100 years of progress, make connections with prominent industry professionals, exercise leadership skills, and participate in an interactive forum to envision the next 100 years.

         The AIChE 2007 Annual Meeting, November 4-9, 2007, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

The Call for Papers is now open …. See the AIChE national website!

The 2007 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City offers a unique capacity to focus on a comprehensive participation and learning experience over the full range and diversity of the profession.

Call for Officers – Indianapolis AIChE

We are looking for members who would like to become officers for the 2007-2008 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 Children’s Museum. They begin at 11:30 am with a buffet luncheon ($9.00). Announcements and introductions are at noon, followed by the presentation which continues to 1 pm.


Calendar of Events


Scientech meetings are held nearly every Monday at the Children’s Museum. They begin at 11:30 am with a buffet luncheon ($9.00). 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, usually on a major holiday. Any exceptions are noted in the calendar listing below.


Following are the meetings scheduled for the near future:

Monday June 18 – A GIS Atlas for Indiana Nathan Eaton

Since 1837, geologists have been mapping Indiana's geological resources. For most of the past 170 years, those maps were created on paper and distributed through the publication sales office of the Indiana Geological Survey. In the past 10 years, the IGS has transitioned from pen and ink mapping techniques to computerized mapping applications called geographic information systems. This talk will discuss our online mapping site called the Indiana IGS Atlas, which currently provides more than 200 layers of information related to Indiana's geography, geology, environment, demographics, and infrastructure.

Monday June 25 – Diagnosis, Etiology, and Treatment of Autism Dr. Craig Erickson

This talk will discuss the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of autism and related disorders with emphasis on what has been learned about the disorder over the last 20 years, a time period in which the apparent prevalence of autism and related disorders has significantly increased.


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… http://membership.acs.org/i/indiana/index.html


June 12

Joint AIChE/ACS Meeting




Officers for 2006 - 2007


Alan Schmidt, IDEM, 317-233-5190




John Elliott, IDEM, 317-233-0703

Past Chairman

Thomas Leas, IDEM, 317-234-4051

Scholarship Committee



Chris Burcham, Eli Lilly, 317-651-6437

Professional Development

Elizabeth Robin, Eli Lilly, 317-655-0911

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