American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Indianapolis Section

visit us at www.indyaiche.org

September 2009 Newsletter

Editor: Kevin Keating


September Meeting – Dinner Meeting and Speaker


Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Schedule: 5:30 PM for Dinner and Networking Meeting followed by a Speaker

Description: Please plan on joining us for our first meeting of the year. We will enjoy dinner together and hear a humorous speech from Dr. Alan Schmidt on his recent experience with the “Cash for Clunkers” program. Alan has previously given this speech at a toastmaster’s competition and was selected to advance to the next round of competitions. You will not want to miss this presentation. Also, you will have opportunity to meet the Officers and discuss upcoming activities.                


Location:  The Milano Inn Restaurant (www.milanoinn.com) 231 S. College Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana

Directions: Milano’s is a few blocks southeast of the downtown Indianapolis circle. Take South street to the east and after the East St. Virginia Avenue intersection, turn north(left)on College Avenue, which is one way north, Milano's is ahead on the east(right) side. Enter the restaurant at the College Avenue door and we expect to be at the Front Round table.  

Alternative: Take East street south; past Washington St. turn left just behind the Farm Bureau Building onto Louisiana St, continue and turn left onto College Avenue, the Milano Inn is immediately on your right.

RSVP:   If you are able to attend, please reply to Tom Leas at tleas AT idem.in.gov or (317) 234-4051 so that we can reserve sufficient space at the restaurant. Please provide your name, company, and telephone number to be included on a meeting networking list. Last minute decision attendees are welcome, also.
Price:   Please come and enjoy dinner with us. Family style meals are available. No cost for local members.    


From the Chairman …

Thank you for your continued support and interest in AIChE and the Indianapolis Section. Officers that were elected at our last meeting in June to serve this year are Tom Leas for Chairman, Alan Schmidt for Vice-Chairman, and John Elliott for Secretary/Treasurer. Mike Wertz will become past-Chairman. Other officers include Karl Schnelle as Webmaster and Kevin Keating as Newsletter Editor. We look forward to a great year of activities and providing a networking opportunity for local members by having plant tours, presentations/dinner meetings and social activities. Typical meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month. Meeting activities for 2009/2010 are posted on our website at www.indyaiche.org. We hope to see you at one of the meetings.  

Note that this year we’ve dropped the offices of Scholarship Committee, Roster/Membership, Professional Development, Government Relations, Student Chapter Advisor, and Public Relations as listed in the previous year. These offices were removed from the active list and are eligible for re-instatement if our role as a local section changes. Also, the Scientech meeting is held nearly every Monday at noon at the Northside Knights of Columbus just west of Keystone on 71st Street. Click HERE for further details on the location. Anyone may attend a meeting. 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 $1.00 for beverages only), payable at the door

Best regards,
Thomas E. Leas PE
Chairman, Indianapolis Section of AIChE


Current AIChE National Members – Vote for the 2010 National Officers – ballots close September 28, 2009.


Electronic ballots at www.cssconsult.com/elections/AIChE2010


Meeting Activities for 2009/2010



September 15, 2009

Get together dinner with speaker 5:30 p.m.

October 20, 2009


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.

Welcome to AIChE 
The global professional community for nearly 40,000 chemical engineers in 93 countries. AIChE provides members with technical resources as well as tools to manage their careers and lives.

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


         54th Annual Safety in Ammonia Plants and Related Facilities Symposium - September 13-17, 2009 - Hyatt Regency, Calgary, AB, Canada.

Website: 54th Annual Safety in Ammonia

         2009 AIChE Regional Process Technology Conference - October 1-2, 2009 - Moody Gardens Hotel, Galveston, TX.


         2009 AIChE Midwest Regional Conference - October 5-6, 2009 - University of Illinois at Chicago.

Website: Midwest Regional Conference

         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…..

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 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.


Calendar of Events


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.


Future Talks;
September 14 - Spectacular Engine Testing - Dr. Larry Nightingale
September 21- Deserted Ocean: the North Atlantic at 2100? - Dr. Norman Holy

September 28- Folate Targeted Therapies for Cancer - Dr. Christopher Leamon
October 03 - Time Travel in Popular Culture – John Herbst, CEO, Indiana Historical Society


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 website: http://www.indyaiche.org/Officers.htm