American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

visit us at www.indyaiche.org

May 2008 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating



Next Meeting – Annual Meeting / Dinner Meeting



Date:  Tuesday, June 3, 2008 election of officers.


Schedule:  5:30 PM for Dinner followed by Annual Meeting

and Election of Officers.

Description:  : Our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers is the principal item on the agenda for June. You can find additional information for this meeting below.  Once again we are inviting spouses and guests to the Annual Meeting, space will be limited so please mark your calendars now.  

Location:  Old Spaghetti Factory, 210 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis.  Located on the near south side of downtown Indianapolis just south of the monument and north of the Slippery Noodle.


RSVP:   Please RSVP by June 2nd to Alan Schmidt PhD at aschmidt at idem.in.gov or phone Alan at 317/233-5190. 

Price:   Menu prices – very reasonable.

From the Chairman …

Help determine your Indianapolis Section of AIChE officers and other positions for the 2008/2009 term at our Tuesday, June 3, 2008 election of officers.  If you wish to volunteer and be considered for a local AIChE officer or other position, please inform your Chairman or attend the meeting.  We will plan to gather about 5:30 PM and order food about 5:45 PM.  Spouses and guests are encouraged to attend.  We will meet at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 210 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis.  Please RSVP to your Chairman, Dr. Alan Schmidt, preferably by the day before the meeting so that we can have the right table size reserved. 

We have a slate of officers comprising your current Chairman Dr. Alan Schmidt, becoming Past-Chairman;  your Vice-Chairman, Mike Wertz becoming Chairman;  Phillip Endress for Vice Chairman; and John Elliott continuing as Treasurer. 

The attendees to our April 29 meeting on Health and Longevity by your Chairman were informed on the importance of healthy lifestyles, some of the chemical pathways in health, and may have been scared healthy by the preponderance of evidence. 

Thank you to all for your involvement with our local AIChE chapter this past year.  Special recognition and thanks to our Past Chairman, Tom Leas, from IDEM for volunteer help at the chemistry and engineering day events; our Vice-Chairman, Mike Wertz, from Heritage Environmental Services and Stephen Leeper from Eli Lilly Tippecanoe Labs for contributing at the Purdue chemical engineering career evening; our Treasurer, John Elliott, from IDEM; Karl Schnelle from Dow Agro Sciences for maintaining our website; Chris Burcham for membership; and Kevin Keating from Eli Lilly for editing and distributing our newsletter.


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 2008-2009 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 Process Development Symposium  - June 22-25, 2008 - Jiminy Peak Resort,
The Berkshires, Hancock, MA


·         SBE's 4th International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology - July 22-24, 2008 - Dublin, Ireland.  Leading international bioengineering and nanotechnology experts will share the latest research advancements  at the interface of science, engineering, and medicine.


·         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


·         May 19 - Genetic Engineering - Dr. Ted Grayson - An overview of the present and future of genetic engineering


·         May 26 - Holiday - No Meeting


·         June 2 - Advances in Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation - Dr. Lance Trexler - A review of new psychological and pharmacological treatments to improve recovery.


·         June 9 - Children's Museum MAP Project – Participants - The MAP (Museum Apprenticeship Program) is supported by the D J Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation. Some of the participants in the Children's Museum MAP will be at Scientech to describe their activities. This is a good chance to hear what your Foundation is supporting.


·         June 16 - Repair of Thoraic Anuerysms - Dr. John Fehrenbacher - A discussion of the latest approach in the repair of these aneurysms.


·         June 23 - Health Care Management for 1800 Animals - Janet Ramer


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