American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

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October 2009 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


October Meeting -- Plant Tour at Sanitec of Indiana  


Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009    5:30 PM for Sanitec Tour

Location:  Sanitec of Indiana


5:30 PM

We will meet at Sanitec of Indiana, 2020 Montcalm St., Indianapolis, IN  46202-1129   (317) 423-8810. From downtown Indianapolis, proceed northwest on Indiana Avenue  across Fall Creek, the second right is Montcalm St., proceed to Sanitec and enter through the south parking lot. 




The company has a permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to process infectious waste. State regulations require that infectious waste, such as from hospitals, be effectively treated before it is disposed in a landfill. Sanitec has large units to effectively treat infectious waste using microwave energy, before the waste is landfilled. The processing units are currently being installed in an existing building. It is a good time to see the equipment and the overall process, before any infectious waste processing is being done. Karl Niemiec, Director of Midwest Operations, (317) 379-5716 at Sanitec of Indiana will be providing a plant tour. Manufacturing, technical updates, and recycling breakthroughs will be discussed along with brochures and links to on-line videos of the process.


6:45 PM       


Completion of tour


Please RSVP: Room on the tour is flexible, but please give a call beforehand to your local AIChE Vice-Chairman, Dr. Alan Schmidt, at 317 233-5190 so we know if everyone planning to come has arrived. Additional engineers from Scientech may join us. 


Price:   No cost for local members.  


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



October 20, 2009

Plant Tour – Sanitec of Indiana    (see above for details)

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


October 03 – ANNUAL DINNER - Time Travel in Popular Culture – John Herbst, CEO, Indiana Historical Society

October 05Evolution of Industrial Medicine to Occupational Health - Dr. Floyd Thurston

October 12A Day to Remember - Doris Day - Mary Anne Barothy

October 19Climbing Mt. Cho-Oyu (26,750 ft) from the Tibetan Side - Robert Meyer

October 26Changes to Medicare & Supplemental Insurance Programs (2010) - Ed Solinski

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


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 

Fellow Chemists:  The Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce its newly refurbished Indiana Section Website…



Officers for 2009 - 2010


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/Officers.htm