American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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February 2009 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


February Meetings – CIS-IEEE National Engineers Children's Day Co-Sponsored by Indiana Council of Engineering Societies 


Date: Saturday, February 14, 2008



Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Location:  The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, corner of 30th and Illinois St., park in the free covered garage on the west side of Illinois Street. 


Presentation:   National Engineers Week will be celebrated February 15-21, 2009. Once again, The IEEE Central Indiana Section is teaming up with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, to increase public awareness about Engineering and to help young students consider Engineering as a career option.

Our program will be held at The Children’s Museum on Saturday, February 14th, from 10:00 - 3:00. We are looking for volunteers to help with our program. Our program consists of engineers being stationed near several exhibits throughout the museum. Each station will tie an engineering discipline in with that exhibit. There will be "hands on" items at our stations as well. Volunteers will be there to talk with visitors, answer any questions about engineering, hand out materials and to validate visitor’s cards. Visitors to the museum will be given a “schematic” upon entering the museum, and after successfully visiting all of our engineering stations, and turning in their cards, they’ll be eligible for prizes to be given away through a drawing at 3:00 pm that day.

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

From the Chairman …



At last month’s meeting, former Section Chairman Tom Leas discussed a catalytic gasification process for the conversion of coal, petroleum coke, residual oils, and biomass into hydrogen-enriched syngas (H2-syngas).  If you would like a copy of the slides from the presentation, please contact Tom at tleas at indy.rr.com.


On Saturday February 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., we will participate in the National Engineers Day event at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis.  We will have a table with some hands-on chemistry experiments for children.  If you would like to volunteer to help us at the table, please contact me.  This event will take the place of our Local Section Meeting for February.


Another potential meeting of interest in February is the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society’s “Chocolate – The Food of The Gods.”  The meeting, which will include a chocolate tasting and raffle of a 10-pound chocolate bar, will take place on Thursday February 12 at 7:00 p.m. at University High School – Andrews Hall (2825 West 116th Street).  No need to RSVP.


For AIChE members who occasionally attend weekly Scientech meetings:  Please note that their meeting location has changed to the Knights of Columbus Building at 2100 East 71st Street in Indianapolis.  


If you have any questions, or if you have suggestions for plant tours or guest speakers for future AIChE 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



Back On the Web – Indianapolis AIChE – Local Section Web Site


We are back online with a new domain server!   This site should be seamless - identical to previous version.

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


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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



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. 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

February 9 - Nuclear Tech/Cargo Inspection – Prof. David Koltick, IUPUI

February 16 - Computational Fluid Dynamics on Open Wheel Racers – Tom Ramsey

February 23 - An Engineer's World War II Experiences - J. Baise

March 2 - Five Things You Should be Doing with your Computer in Today's Digital World - Patric Welch

March 9 - Running the 500 Mile Race - IMS PR Office

March 16- Ernie Pyle, The Soldier's Friend – Ray Boomhower


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


At September monthly meeting of the Indianapolis Section of the AIChE, we established the following schedule for our monthly meetings/events in 2009:




February 14

CIS-IEEE National Engineers Children's Day

March 17

Plant Tour

April 21

Guest Speaker

May 19

Plant Tour


Indianapolis Indians Baseball Game; Victory Field


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 2008 - 2009


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