American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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November 2009 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


November Meeting -- Indianapolis Section AIChE and Scientech Joint Luncheon Meeting: Using Gasification to Produce Ethanol from Trash

Date:              Monday, November 2, 2009

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: Kenneth Bosar PE, Vice President of Powers Energy of America, Inc. will be speaking about the conversion of municipal solid waste into ethanol and electricity. The company recently announced plans to construct a $285 million plant in Schneider, Indiana. The process includes six major processing areas: 1) feedstock processing; 2) thermal gasification which produces a syngas; 3) syngas cooling and cleaning; 4) power generation; 5) conversion of syngas to bioethanol; and, 6) distillation. At the heart of the process is an anaerobic conversion step that converts carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol using microbes. The licensed INEOS Bio technology allows clean, renewable fuel production in an environmentally-friendly way, without using our nation’s food crops.

Background: Powers Energy of America, Inc. (Powers Energy) is an energy firm in Evansville, Indiana specializing in the development of advanced biofuel projects focused on conversion of municipal solid waste (MSW) to ethanol (www.powersenergyofamerica.com). Mr. Bosar provides a wide range of services in this new industry, including marketing, facility process selection, land evaluation and acquisition services, site development design, permitting, capital and construction cost estimation, economic evaluation, environmental impact assessment, site selection, feedstock evaluation, and contract negotiations. Prior to his current position, he was Department Head of Civil Design at Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. in Indianapolis, Indiana. Other previous engagements included positions with Waste Management, Inc., Rust Environment & Infrastructure, Shell Oil Company, and other firms. His specialization was in waste management facility engineering and construction, coal mining engineering and construction, and environmental engineering. Mr. Bosar has a BS in Mining Engineering from Penn State, 1978.


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, October 30 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 …


We have a great lineup of AIChE activities planned for October and November. Beginning with a plant tour at Sanitec of Indiana on October 20 (see meeting announcement), followed with a luncheon presentation on November 2, and a community outreach activity on November 7. Additional details for the November meetings are listed below:    


         Kenneth Bosar PE, Vice President of Powers Energy of America, Inc. will give a presentation about municipal solid waste gasification and conversion to ethanol on Monday, NOVEMBER 2 at the Scientech/AIChE luncheon meeting. The company recently announced plans to construct a $285 million plant in Schneider, Indiana. The meeting will be held at noon at the Northside Knights of Columbus just west of Keystone on 71st Street. Click HERE for further details on the location. There is no cost to attend. However, if possible, go to the luncheon buffet for conversation before the meeting. The buffet begins at 11:15am and costs $10.00 (or $2.00 for beverages only), payable at the door.  


         The local AIChE section will be having a table/booth on Saturday, NOVEMBER 7 from 9am to 3pm at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis as one of the organizations invited to participate in the National Chemistry Week 2009 activities by the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society. This year's theme is: "Chemistry- It's Elemental."  The event offers hands-on chemistry activities appropriate for children under 14 years old and their families. We will be having a match game where the children can read a clue, see pictures, and/or objects and match them with a chemical engineering practice or chemical element. One of the groupings would be to have a laminated picture of raw resources that would match with a laminated picture of finished products from industrial operations. We need examples of pictures or questions for the game that could be representative of your workplace. These must be compiled and made ready by November 7. This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the Indiana’s manufacturing capabilities and products to future engineers, scientists, and citizens. Also, booth volunteers get a free t-shirt for participating. Let me know by October 23 if you can volunteer for 2 hours to help out. Last year, we had more that 300 kids stop by our table for doing the Silly Putty Pull experiment.        


Hope to see you then. As mentioned, we need volunteers and your support for the Chemistry Week activity. Feel free to call me at (317) 234-4051 if you have any questions.      




Thomas E. Leas PE

Chairman, Indianapolis Section of AIChE

Meeting Activities for Indianapolis 2009/2010



November 2, 2009

Attend Scientech luncheon meeting and presentation with Powers Energy of America speaking on municipal solid waste gasification and conversion to ethanol, the buffet is from 11:15 a.m. to noon and announcements and the program from 12 to 1 p.m. (www.scientechclub.org)

November 7, 2009

Participate in ACS, National Chemistry Week Event; Indianapolis Children’s Museum; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (The theme for this year is “Chemistry-It’s Elemental”)

December 2009

Holiday break

January, 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


         2009 AIChE Annual Meeting - November 8-13, 2009 - Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN. The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. A wide range of subjects relevant to the latest research and newest technologies in emerging growth areas will be covered.

Highlights of the 2009 meeting will include:

         61st Institute Award Lecture

         Professional Progress Award Lecture

         SBE's James E. Bailey Award Lecture

         2009 Corporate Innovation Award Lecture

         And Much More…..

         AIChE Day at the Chem Show – November 17, 2009 - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

Website: http://chemshow.com

         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 - 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 2008-200 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


November 2Using Gasification to Produce Ethanol from Trash - Kenneth Bosar, Power One

November 9Overview of IN State Museum emphasizing Science Aspects - David Lowe

November 16 – Robotics/USFirst - Steve Florence

November 23 – Tour and Update of the Central Library - Central Library

November 30 – History of Radiation in Medicine - Dr. Roger Robison



For further details contact Dr. Alan Schmidt at (317) 233-5190 or 865-3545. For later Monday programs check the Scientech calendar at http://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 2008 - 2009


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