American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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May 2007 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


May Meeting – Annual Meeting / Dinner Meeting



Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Schedule: 5:30 PM for Dinner followed by Annual Meeting

and Election of Officers

Description: Our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers is the principal item on the agenda for May. This AIChE meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 5:30 p.m. at Kona Jack’s Restaurant (http://www.konajacksindy.com), 9419 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, and Tel. (317) 843-1609. We will have an opportunity to partake in a wonderful dinner before conducting our Annual Meeting and holding elections.  Kona Jack’s is located on the far north side of Indianapolis just south of I-465 at Meridian Street.  You can find additional information for this meeting below.  Once again we are inviting spouses and guests to the Annual Meeting, space will be limited so please mark your calendars now.  



Location: Kona Jack’s Restaurant, 9419 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, Tel. (317) 843-1609


RSVP: Please RSVP by May 21st to Alan Schmidt at aschmidt at idem.in.gov or at 317/233-5190.



Price: Menu price to each for their dinner. Note that the Indianapolis Section of AIChE will donate $10 to each member to help defray the cost of the meal.

Proposed Slate of Officers for 2007 - 2008


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


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










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

May 22, 2007

Meeting - Election of Officers and Awards

June 12, 2007

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

(email: WHITE_MARTHA_P at LILLY dot COM)

From the Chairman….

The Indianapolis Section of American Institute of Chemical Engineers was represented at a recent meeting to discuss the organization of “Indiana Council of Engineering Societies (ICES)”. A common theme among professional groups is the need for increased participation and awareness of engineering activities. A strong scientific community draws attention for investments and builds upon itself in such areas as life sciences, advanced manufacturing, energy, recycling, and many other efforts. Being able to collaborate with other professional organizations can help strengthen the Indianapolis area, promote networking opportunities, and encourage others. Plans were discussed to have ICES promote several events that could attract broad participation and allow joint organization among profession groups such as for engineering week, a professional dinner, and/or a picnic for new graduates and interns.


AIChE members and their spouses are encouraged to attend our Annual Officers/Awards meeting to be held on May 22, 2007. We need a volunteer to serve as Vice Chairman for 2007/2008. This is an excellent opportunity that leads into the Chairman and Past Chairman positions for the local section. Alan Schmidt, your Chairman Elect for 2007/2008, will be attending the 2007 AIChE Leadership Development Conference to be hosted by the Boston Section (Ichthyologists of Boston www.aiche-boston.org). The conference will be devoted specifically to the development of practical leadership skills applicable on the job or in your AIChE activities. To view the preliminary program, visit http://www.aiche.org/ldc. Thank you for your support of AIChE and the local section. We appreciate the opportunity given to us.

Thomas E. Leas PE

Chairman, Indianapolis Section of AIChE

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars! May 21 through 25 is National Public Works Week, an event that celebrates the thousands of public works professionals across the country and the services they provide. You are cordially invited to join the Department of Public Works on a tour of the city’s wastewater treatment plant and visit several road construction projects on Thursday, May 24. For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact: Imelda C. Oglesby at (317) 327-5238 or at ioglesby at indygov dot org. We look forward to seeing you!

Thomas E. Leas PE

Chairman, Indianapolis Section of AIChE


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 May 21 – Glimpsing the Mysteries of Sleep – Diane Friedman MSN, NP
Sleep and circadian rhythm research is allowing us to understand why someone is sleepy or sleepless even at the cellular and molecular level in the brain. It can help us to understand larger issues of daylight saving time, sleep drivers, and shift work. We will touch on many subjects and the attendees can learn to interpret some data for themselves.

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day. No meeting

Monday June 4 – BioCrossroads - Five Years of Progress – David Johnson
Since the launch of BioCrossroads 5 years ago, Indiana's life sciences industry has seen dramatic progress in key indicators of growth and success. This presentation will focus on how BioCrossroads continues to be a catalyst to the growth of life sciences in Indiana.


Monday June 11 – Children's Museum MAP Program – Patricia Daily
A review of the Museum's MAP program and thegroup's accomplishments over the past year. Participants in the program will describe their activities.



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



Awards Ceremony

June 12

Joint AIChE/ACS Meeting


2006 - 2007 Officers