American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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April 2008 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating



Next Meeting – Indianapolis Section AIChE Dinner and Discussion Meeting   



Date:  Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Schedule:  5:30 PM for dinner with discussion -- Factors and Chemical Pathways for Health and Longevity. 

Description:  Our Chairman, Dr. Alan Schmidt, will discuss factors and chemical pathways for health and longevity based on 57 references collected over the last year.  Please be sure to join us.

Location:  New China Buffet, 4720 W. 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN.    The restaurant is at Georgetown Road on the north side of 38th Street in a strip mall, 317 388-8833.  A very good buffet, you can choose from shrimp, chicken, beef, or pork.


RSVP:   Please RSVP by March 15th to Alan Schmidt PhD at aschmidt at idem.in.gov or phone Alan at 317/233-5190. 

Price:   FREE – reimbursed by Indianapolis Chapter of AIChE.

From the Chairman …


The March 17 AIChE joint meeting with the Purdue University student chapter was a fulfilling experience.  You’re Chairman, Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt; Mike Wertz your Vice Chairman, and Steve Leeper, from Tippecanoe Labs gave pointers and insights from their college years and from their chemical engineering careers to the undergraduate chemical engineering students. 

The Indianapolis Section of AIChE, Tuesday, April 29, 2008 activity will be a discussion and dinner at the New China Buffet, 4720 W. 38 th street starting with food at 5:30PM.  The restaurant is west of Michigan Avenue on the north side of 38 th street in a mall, 317 388-8833.  The buffet has an extensive selection of main courses including seafood, tasty mango slices, and many selections. 

Your chairman will discuss factors and chemical pathways for health and longevity based on 57 references collected over the last year mainly from recent news articles and the www.sciencedaily.com web site.  I will present four factors that can increase your lifespan 14 years based on a study of 20,000 people.  Topics include weight, exercise, cancer, heart, diabetes, Alzheimer's, smoking, nutrition, and pollution.  Food will be interspersed with discussions.  Please RSVP to Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt, 317 233-5190 or aschmidt at idem.in.gov so that I can have the right number of handouts, but just show up if you decide it fits in at the time.  The dinner expense will be reimbursed by the local chapter. 

Additional comments….. 

The Indiana Council of Engineering Societies (ICES) is planning a poster session, dinner, and significant speaker, perhaps Senator Lugar, for Friday evening October 17 at the downtown Indianapolis Marriott.  It would be an opportunity to eat and network with other engineers.  The cost would be about $50 to $55 a person.  A level of interest is needed at this time.  Would you please respond to your Chairman if you think you would attend such an event?


Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt

Chairman of the Indianapolis Section of AIChE

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



Call for Officers – Indianapolis AIChE

We are also 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.


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


Highlights from AIChE – Our 100 Years Anniversary


Informative and motivating sessions on group dynamics and team building, communications, goal setting, delegating, and presentations will be part of the upcoming 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;


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


·         2008 AIChE Spring National Meeting … Celebrating 100 Years … April 6-10, 2008, Hyatt Regency New Orleans and the 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  

·         2008 Process Development Symposium  - June 22-25, 2008 - Jiminy Peak Resort,
The Berkshires, Hancock, MA


·         2008 Ammonia Conference - September 7-11, 2008 - Hyatt Regency,
San Antonio, TX


·         2008 Annual Meeting - November 16-21, 2008 - Philadelphia Marriott & Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

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.

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. Visitors at the luncheon meeting may also visit the Museum without further charge


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 14 - Technical & Biological Features of CT Scanning - Dr. Jonas Rydberg

April 21 -
Identity Theft - Fred Cate - Politicians and journalists frequently refer to identity theft as "the nation's fastest growing crime," despite consistent evidence that identity theft has declined over the past five years. Why is identity theft so misunderstood, what is really going on, and what can you do to protect yourself?


·         April 28 - Green Method to Remove CO2, Clean the Environment, and Make Biofuel - Nelson Shaffer (member) - Society is concerned about CO2 emissions from many sources. An innovative technique that uses algae can remove CO2 from plants while generating biofuel, oxygen, and a protein-rich residue. Algal methods offer a number of advantages and are under very active development. The method could be very useful in Indiana and other midwestern states. Several pilot plants are working now and there is great promise for the future.


·         May 5 - Visual Translation of Music - Ken Lemons - This software allows people to "see" music and also "see" the quality of the music. The ability to combine the visual sense and the hearing sense opens many doors in the world of music instruction. It also provides a visual way to tune a musical instrument without the ability to hear well.


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   



Officers for 2007 - 2008


Alan Schmidt, IDEM, 317-233-5190


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


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