American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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January 2010 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


January Meeting -- Indianapolis Section AIChE and Scientech Joint Luncheon Meeting: Cities and the Talent Divide


Date:              Monday, January 11, 2010


Schedule:     11:15 to about 11:45 a.m. - $10 buffet available, $2 drinks only (Payable at the door) 

12:00 noon - Introductions

12:10 to 1:00 pm - Presentation and questions.

Location: Northside Knights of Columbus, 2100 E 71St, Indianapolis , IN; just west of Keystone on 71st Street. Click HERE for further details on the location.

Presentation: Chancellor Charles Bantz will be speaking about - Cities and the Talent Divide - What a difference increasing educational attainment 1% would make in just the 51 largest cities in the U.S. We could increase the annual income by $124 billion per year. CEO'S for Cities and its partners in Indianapolis – Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and IUPUI – are joining together to work toward this goal. A goal that aligns with the Lumina Foundation’s big goal of 60% of adults with college degrees by 2025.

Biography from IUPUI: Charles Bantz became chancellor of IUPUI in 2003.

A highlight of his academic leadership is elevating the public perception of IUPUI as “Destination Health and Life Sciences” and strategically focusing campus efforts in areas of economic development important to the state.

Another focus has been enhancing undergraduate education. He has been an eloquent advocate for undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs that help keep graduates in Indiana. He has been active in fostering diversity and encouraging better math, science, engineering, and technology education.

He is deeply involved in the community through service on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Central Indiana and several other boards.

He has been active nationally on matters of importance to the higher education community, including being a member of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and its Executive Committee and Finance Committee. He is also a member of the American Council on Education's Commission on International Initiatives.

He holds a bachelor's degree in English education from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in speech communication from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in communication. He is an accomplished scholar who has published on subjects such as organizational communication, television news, and social conflict.


About Scientech: This will be a joint meeting of our local AIChE with the Scientech Club (www.scientechclub.org), which regularly meets every Monday for a buffet and presentation. Scientech is in its 91st year as a forum for the exchange of information in the scientific and technical fields. Scientech also supports local science fair judging. Scientech membership is open to all persons interested in scientific and technical subjects.

RSVP: Please call Dr. Alan D. Schmidt, at (317) 233-5190 by Friday, Jan 8 with your intention of attending, any questions on Scientech, or interest in future meetings. The approximately 70 regularly attending Scientech members do not make reservations, but we will be an extra pulse of attendees that we need to estimate for the food and table count.  

Price:   $10.00 (or $2.00 for beverages only), payable at the door.  

From the Chairman …


Thank you for your interest and support of activities by the Indianapolis Section of American Institute of Chemical Engineers. We will start 2010 in joining the Scientech Club members in hearing a presentation from IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz on higher education in science and engineering. Other upcoming activities being planned include participating in National Engineers Day in February, a plant tour in March, and visiting the Purdue AIChE Student Chapter in April.


Best regards,


Thomas E. Leas PE

Chairman, Indianapolis Section of AIChE

Meeting Activities for Indianapolis 2009/2010



January 11, 2010

Attend Scientech luncheon meeting and presentation, the buffet is from 11:15 a.m. to noon and announcements and the program from 12 to 1 p.m.

February 2010

National Engineers Day at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and/or attend Pacers basketball game

March 16, 2010


April 2010

Joint Meeting with Purdue Student Chapter,
West Lafayette; 6 p.m.

May 18, 2010

Annual Meeting and Election of Officers/ Dinner 5:30 p.m.

June 2010              

Indianapolis Indians baseball game, Victory Field, Indianapolis 6:45 p.m.

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Also from AIChE National


         5th SPE/AIChE Joint Workshop - Heavy Oil and Bitumen - February 23-24, 2010 -
Renaissance Hotel - Houston, TX

         2010 AIChE Spring National Meeting - March 21-25, 2010 -
Grand Hyatt, San Antonio, TX.


         SBE’s Second International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering - May 2-5, 2010 Hyatt Harborside Hotel - Boston, MA.


         AIChE’s 2010 Process Development Symposium: Energy Challenges for Process Development - June 27-30, 2010 - The Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, MO.

Call for Officers – Indianapolis AIChE

We are looking for members who would like to become officers for the 2010-2011 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 Northside Knights of Columbus just west of Keystone on 71st Street starting at 11:15 am with a buffet luncheon ($10.00). 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. Any exceptions are noted in the calendar listing below.


Calendar of Events


January 11Cities and the Talent Divide - Chancellor Charles Bantz

January 18History and Technology of the V-22 Osprey - Todd A.Lovell

January 25 – Magnets from Windmills to Hybrids: Advances in Magnetic Instrumentation - George Cunningham

February 1 – Efficient Production of Biofuels from Cellulosic Waste from Novel Yeast Strains - Mike Niebler

February 8 – What's New with MS WINDOWS 7 - Patric Welch

February 15 – A Man for His Times - Dwight V. Ericsson



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…



Officers for 2009 - 2010


Thomas Leas, IDEM, 317-234-4051


Alan Schmidt, IDEM, 317-233-5190


John Elliott, IDEM, 317-233-0703

Past Chairman

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


Karl Schnelle, Dow AgroSciences LLC, 317-337-3140

Newsletter Editor

Kevin Keating, Eli Lilly, 317-651-1698


Link to Indianapolis chapter website: http://www.indyaiche.org