American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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April 2009 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating



April Meetings –

Indianapolis Section AIChE / Purdue Student Section Joint Meeting


Date:  Thursday, April 16, 2008


Schedule:  6:00 PM for Dinner with ChE Career Discussion immediately following – meeting room is reserved until 7:00 PM. 

Description: Chemical engineer professionals will be providing information about their careers and career path including some discussion about general career opportunities in Indy for chemical engineers.

Location:  Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana - For a detailed map go to the following link;   http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/visiting/index.html

From the Indianapolis Area:  

I-65 north to Exit #172, St. Rd. 26/State Street. Follow 26/State Street through Lafayette (watch for signs). Once you cross the Wabash River, you will be in West Lafayette. From the river, go to the fourth light/Grant Street. Right on Grant Street one-half block. To get to the Visitor Information Center, continue on Grant Street to Northwestern Avenue. Turn left on Northwestern, and the Visitor Information Center will be on your right (Northwestern Parking Garage).

   Please RSVP by Monday, April 13 to Mike Wertz via e-mail at mike.wertz at heritage-enviro.com or by phone at (317) 486-2778.

Price:   FREE

From the Chairman …


Last month, members from the local section toured the Heritage Environmental Services, LLC facility in Indianapolis.  The Heritage facility is a commercial, RCRA-permitted hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF).  In no particular order, we observed tanks, containers, pumps, filter presses, scrubbers, bag houses, a cyanide destruction unit, mercury recover operations, and laboratory testing equipment.  While outdoors, we also observed numerous airplanes on final approach into nearby Indianapolis International Airport.


Our next section meeting will be a joint meeting with the Purdue Student Chapter on campus in West Lafayette on Thursday April 16 at 6:00 p.m.  We will be discussing career opportunities in chemical engineering and job seeking strategies for recent college graduates.  If you would like to attend the meeting at Purdue, please let me know so we can plan a carpool from the Indianapolis area.  Additional details will be provided in an upcoming meeting announcement.


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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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



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




April 16 - 6:00 p.m.

Joint Meeting with Purdue Student Chapter - West Lafayette, IN


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 2007 - 2008


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


Phillip Endres,  Eli Lilly,


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: www.indyaiche.org