American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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January 2008 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


Next Meeting –Plant Tour of RecycleForce, LLC



Date:  Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008



Schedule:  11:30 AM to noon for Plant Tour.  Those wishing to join together for lunch will make arrangements after the tour.



Description:  RecycleForce, LLC is a computer de-manufacturer / recycler located at Sherman Park on the eastside of Indianapolis. Their mission is to prevent discarded computer equipment, which contains many toxic substances, from entering our landfills.



Location:  Located on the east side of downtown Indianapolis at Sherman Park, 754 North Sherman Drive, Suite 220, Indianapolis, IN 46201, North Entrance. 


RSVP:    Please reserve with Alan Schmidt at aschmidt at idem.in.gov or at 317/233-5190 by 11 AM Monday, Jan. 30.



Price:  No cost.


From the Chairman …


Our January AIChE event deals with opportunities and problems in current technology.  On Tuesday, January 29, 2008, we are invited to tour Recycle Force, LLC from 11:30 AM to about noon.  The tour is during the day, so that we can see their computer demanufacturing and recycling operation in action.  Tom Gray, President of RecycleForce, LLC, will discuss and show their operation for the recycling of computers.  Their mission is to prevent discarded computer equipment, which contains many toxic substances, from entering our landfills.  Tour participants are invited to bring their old computers, monitors, keyboards, and printers that they wish to discard so that the valuable circuit boards, processors, metal, and chip components can be recycled.  There is a charge of $10 if you wish a certificate of Assured Data Removal guaranteeing the hard disk information was degaussed or wiped clean.  Their location is on the east side of downtown Indianapolis at Sherman Park, North Entrance, 754 North Sherman Drive, Suite 220, Indianapolis, IN 46201.  The opportunity is the recovered valuable materials from the computers, the problem is making television recycling economical.  They will accept up to 27" televisions, but there is a problem in transporting the televisions whole, and a dust problem if their leaded glass were to be broken on site.  If anyone has ideas to economically recycle televisions bring them to the tour or e-mail your chairman.


Further details on the operation and a video can be seen at their website www.recycleindy.com   They promote giving released prisoners an opportunity to reenter the workforce.  There is room for everyone on the tour, just show up, but it would help to give your AIChE Chairman a call or send and e-mail if you plan to attend (Dr. Alan Schmidt, 317 233-5190, aschmidt at idem.in.gov).  Your chairman's vehicle will leave at 11:00 from the government center west of the Capitol for the tour, let me know if you wish to join me there.


Two local AIChE events are planned for February.  The first is a talk by Dr. Gerald Jakubowski,  the new  President of Rose Hulman University,  on  the Future of Engineering and Engineering Education on  Monday, February 11  at the Scientech meeting at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis, 3000 N. Illinois Street.   The sign will say the museum is closed, but it is open for the meeting.  Park in the garage on the west side of Illinois street and enter the museum on the north end under the Infozone sidewalk.  The room is down the hallway, just to the left of the security booth.  The buffet lunch is from 11:30 AM to noon and the talk from noon to 1 PM.  The lunch cost will be covered by the chapter for local AIChE members.  Further details are at www.scientechclub.org.


On Saturday February 16 your local chapter will be manning a booth  from 10 AM to 3 PM at Engineer's week at the Children's Museum.   If you can participate to help foster children's interest in engineering, please contact your AIChE Chairman.  The event is being hosted by IEEE with coordination from the Indiana Council of Engineering Societies (ICES) that has been formed in the last year.  If you are going to help more than two hours the Children's Museum now requires a criminal background check.  The background checks should be submitted now and must be done by the end of January.


From the Chairman (continued) ….


The background check form is currently online at www.cis-ieee.org or to go directly to the form and to sign up to be a volunteer go to http://www.cis-ieee.org/eweek/volunteer.asp      (Also let your AIChE chairman know.)  Lots of children stopped by at the AIChE booth for National Chemistry Week on November 3, 2007 that was knowledgeably manned by Dr. Alan Schmidt, Tom Leas, and Kevin Keating.

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.

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:

Monday, January 21, 2008 - Tour of Veolia Indianapolis Water Company Office - We will gather at the Veolia Office at 1220 Waterway Blvd. at 11:30 am. A program will be presented by Lou Ann Baker at 12:15 pm, followed by questions and answers.


Monday, January 28, 2008 - Influenza and Avian Flu and the Governmental Response - Dr. Robt. L. Baker

The discussion will cover pathogenesis, clinical presentation, treatment and prevention of influenza with comments on Avian flu as well as the government response to possible epidemics.


Monday, February 4, 2008 - Got (prior) Data? - Dr. Melissa Spann

Examples of the use of Bayesian statistics in pharmaceuticals and otherwise.


Science and Engineering Presentations (continued) ….


Monday, February 11, 2008 - Future of Engineering and Engineering Education - Dr. Gerald Jakubowski, President, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Monday, February 18, 2008 - Tour of Veolia Indianapolis Water Treatment Plant - Lou Ann Baker

Future Talks
February 25 - Studebaker, The Company and Product, Andrew Beckman
March 3 - China's 3 Gorge Dam, Darrell Bakken and Jim Bettner
March 10 - Remote Surgery, Dr. Rick Sasso


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


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