American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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September 2007 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


September Meeting – Networking - Planning / Dinner Meeting



Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2007



Schedule: 5:30 PM for Dinner and Networking followed by a Planning Meeting


Description: Please plan on joining us for our first meeting of the new year, our Networking and Planning Meeting including introduction of this year’s Officers. There will be a buffet dinner followed by our meeting with introduction of Officers. You can find additional information for this meeting below.  Once again we are inviting spouses and guests to our Meeting so please mark your calendars now.  



Location: Best Taste Chinese Restaurant 917 N. Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN.


RSVP: Please RSVP to Alan Schmidt at aschmidt at idem.in.gov or at 317/233-5190. Please provide your name, company, and telephone number to be included on a meeting networking list.



Price: The $7.45 buffet meal cost will be reimbursed for local AIChE members.


From the Chairman …


We will lead off our 2007/2008 year programming with a networking and planning meeting on Tuesday, September 18, 2007. The dinner meeting will be at Best Taste Chinese Restaurant off Indiana Avenue. If you are going northwest on Indiana avenue from downtown Indianapolis, just before University Avenue you turn right just after some businesses, go around to the right in the back. The address is 917 Indiana Avenue but you cannot see it from Indiana Avenue. Those planning to attend could RSVP to me at 233-5190 with name, company, and telephone number to be put on a meeting networking list. Last minute decision attendees are welcome also, it is a buffet. The schedule is to arrive, eat, and converse from 5:30 PM to 6 PM; at 6 PM I will give a seven minute humorous speech with props on getting through airport security which has taken a first at the second level of toastmaster competition; this will be followed by discussion and planning on future meeting topics, activities, and locations. The $7.45 meal cost will be reimbursed for local AIChE members.


If members have a room available in the evening for some of our future meetings, a presentation they would like to give or hear, or a company that can be toured, please let me know.


We are still seeking a volunteer to be the local AIChE Vice-Chairman. The Vice-Chairman helps the Chairman with programming and other activities and is in the progression to become the Chairman the following year.


I attended the June AIChE Leadership Development Conference in Boston. The national AIChE website www.aiche.org has been updated and includes an excellent searchable Knovel eLibrary physical properties database and Web ex web hosting capability. There were opportunities to interact with the national AIChE staff, such as Executive director, John Sofranko, President elect, Dale Keairns, and others. James C. Cross III was the chair from the AIChE Boston local section. There were informative and motivating sessions on group dynamics and team building, communications, goal setting, delegating, and presentations on the upcoming 100 year celebration of chemical engineering.


There are Scientech luncheon presentations on Mondays for people interested in science and engineering at the Children’s Museum. There is a $9 buffet from 11:30 to noon followed by a presentation by typically experts in the field, concluding at 1 PM. Further details are at www.scientechclub.org They have a special evening presentation September 14 by Daniel F. Evans, Jr., CEO of Clarian Health, speaking on Health Care Costs—Why Do They Keep Rising? The social starts at 5:30 PM, $25/ person for the dinner. RSVP to Victor Wenning 317 576-0922


Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt

Chairman of the Indianapolis Section of AIChE

aschmidt at indy.net 317 233-5190 aschmidt at idem.in.gov






Highlights from AIChE – Our 100 Years Anniversary

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


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


         SBE's First International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering, January 20-23, 2008, Coronado Island Marriott Resort, Coronado Island, California. "From Benchtop to Bioprocess" Quantitative molecular, cellular and tissue-based approaches are revolutionizing biology. 


         2008 AIChE Spring National Meeting … Celebrating 100 Years … April 6-10, 2008, New Orleans Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.

Highlights of this meeting will include:

o        The 2008 AIChE Spring National Meeting will feature joint programming with the American Chemical Society (ACS) 

o        The 4th Global Congress on Process Safety featuring the 23rd CCPS International Conference, the 42nd Loss Prevention Symposium, and the 10th Process Plant Safety Symposium

o        The 10th International Conference on Microreaction Technology (IMRET)

o        The 20th Annual Ethylene Producers Conference

o        11th Topical Conference on Refinery Processing  


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, September 17What Does "Statistically Significant" Mean? - Tom Spradlin

Many articles, especially reports on health research, inform us that some result was or was not "statistically significant". Rarely do these articles tell us what that means. This talk will use simple examples to show what these authors are trying to tell us and how we should interpret these statements.


Monday, September 24 - Recent Changes in US Patent Law - Robert Titus

The US Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the US Congress has had a significant impact on US patent law over the past two years.  Some of these changes and their potential impact on exclusivity and innovation will be discussed.


Future Talks;
October 1 - Stem Cell Research
October 8 - Joint Strike Fighter
October 15 - Tour of Oswald Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Collection
October 22 - Future of Nuclear Energy 

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


October 11

Poster Session

Eli Lilly & Co.


National Chemistry Week

Children's Museum


Year End Celebration




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

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