American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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March 2008 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating



Next Meeting – Indianapolis Section AIChE / Purdue Student Section Joint Meeting


Date:  Monday, March 17, 2008


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

Description: Chemical engineering 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 campus - in Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering (FRNY), room G124, on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. 


Forney Hall is located between Stadium Mall Drive and Northwestern Avenue and faces the Purdue Mall. Convenient parking is located on Northwestern Avenue at Sylvia Street which is adjacent to the Visitor Information Center.  For a detailed map go to the following link;


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

Price:   FREE

From the Chairman …


The March, Indianapolis Section of AIChE chapter activity will be a discussion of chemical engineering careers at the Purdue University student AIChE chapter on Monday, March 17, 2008, from 6 PM to 8 PM at Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering in West Lafayette.  There are currently two chemical engineers planning to go, Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt, Chairman and Mike Wertz, our Vice-Chairman.   If others are willing to join us please let your Chairman know.
There are other activities that may be of interest:  A science cafe in Bloomington is coming up Thursday March 6 in Bloomington www.sciencecafebloomington.org  size matters: sex differences in brains and behavior.  There is an American Chemical Society meeting that we can join on coal refining the evening of March 19 and a Mensa tour of the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory (KOG) in Kokomo Friday morning March 28.  There is a tour of a waste water treatment facility with the Scientech group on March 31, www.scientechclub.org.  The regional science fair and Scientech needs judges March 18 and March 20 from about 10:30 to 4 PM at the state fair ground.  There is a free car and hiking day tour of the amazing Lost River with swallow holes, caves,  and a gulf roiling up in a collapsed sink hole valley on Saturday, March 29, starting with a hydrology and geology description at 7:40 AM at the town square in Orleans, Indiana about 2.5 hours south of Indianapolis on 37.  An earlier Lost River article can be found at: http://hoosier.sierraclub.org/Sierran/05-3/lost.asp .  If interested in further details contact your Chairman, Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt, 317 233-5190, aschmidt at idem.in.gov.  
There was a fine presentation given by Dr. Gerald Jakubowski, the new President of Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, on February 11, about the Future of Engineering and Engineering Education.  Engineering was originally designed for the military.  Earlier trial and error engineering methods were replaced from 1950 to 2000 with more scientific methods.  The future for the engineer is becoming increasingly complex.  Interdisciplinary engineering involves engineers of different engineering disciplines working cooperatively on a single project or projects as a cohesive group.
Your Chairman, Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt and past Chairman, Tom Leas, helped foster science and engineering interest on February 16 at the Children's Museum as 300 inquisitive children stopped at the AIChE booth over a five hour period.  The event was hosted and mainly manned by IEEE with coordination from the Indiana Council of Engineering Societies (ICES).


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
March 10 - Surgical Navigation of the Spine, Dr. Rick Sasso
March 17 - Moving Islet Transplantation from Research to Clinical Practice, Dr. Bob McCarthy
March 24 - Regional Science Fair Winners
March 31 - Tour of Indianapolis Waste Water Treatment Facilities


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