American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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March 2009 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating



March Meetings

Tour of the Heritage Environmental Services, LLC Facility


Heritage Environmental Services, LLC

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009



Time: 5:30 pm



Location:  Heritage Environmental Services, LLC facility located at 7901 West Morris Street, Indianapolis, IN 46231


Presentation:   Heritage Environmental Services hopes that the heritage of all of its endeavors will be a cleaner environment. The company provides a wide range of industrial waste management services. Heritage Environmental Services owns and operates a network of landfill, incineration, chemical treatment, and recovery facilities. The firm treats and disposes of corrosive substances, oils, wastewater, and laboratory chemicals. The company also constructs and operates waste management facilities at customers' sites. Heritage Environmental Services claims to be the largest private environmental company with countrywide capabilities and locations.

RSVP:   Please RSVP by March 23 to Mike Wertz via e-mail at mike.wertz at heritage-enviro.com or by phone at (317) 486-2778.

From the Chairman …

Last month, members from the local section participated in National’s Engineer’s Day at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis.  Moved to the fourth floor of the museum with expanded table space, we continued our experiment with Silly Putty that we started at the National Chemistry Week event in November.


Silly Putty is a silicone polymer with viscosity increasing with shear rate.  Pulling fast increases length quickly but increases the Silly Putty viscosity, making it more likely to break.  Pulling slowly decreases viscosity, making it less likely to break, but length increases slowly. 


We attempted to determine the optimum combination of factors to achieve the highest length (before breaking) in the shortest time.  The children (and some parents) conducted the trials, recorded their results on a log sheet, and then entered the data into a computer spreadsheet, where the other previous attempts were plotted on graphs of length versus time and length/time versus time.  Because of the large turnout for the event, we conducted over 100 trials at our table.  Thank you to Tom Leas, Alan Schmidt, and Qi Wei for their assistance at the event.  It was non-stop pulling, timing, and measuring.


Our next section meeting will be a tour of the Heritage Environmental Services, LLC facility located at 7901 West Morris Street, Indianapolis, IN 46231 on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The facility is a commercial, RCRA-permitted hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF).  Additional details will be provided in an upcoming Meeting Announcement.


Another potential meeting of interest in March is the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society’s “Ethanol:  Food or Fuel.”  This meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. at University of Indianapolis – Switzer Student Center, Room 013.  No need to RSVP.



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


On the Web – Indianapolis AIChE – Local Section Web Site



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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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

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

March 23- Science Fair Winners – Doug Wagner

March 30- Bus Tour to Fair Oaks Dairy Farm – JimBettner



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:




March 25

Plant Tour - Heritage Environmental Services

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 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