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Snack Foods Processing: Extruded Snacks & Tortilla Chips

March 15 - March 20

24th Annual Practical Short Course on Snack Foods Processing:
Extruded Snacks & Tortilla Chips

Organized by

  • The Process Engineering Research & Development Center
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • The Cereal Quality Laboratory Texas A&M AgriLife Research
  • The Texas A&M University System
    College Station, Texas

Objectives of Short Course

  • Train production personnel in principles and characteristics of extruders and support systems for effective selection and operation.
  • Review current practices for preparation of fried corn chips, corn tortilla chips, half products, and other extruded snacks.
  • Demonstrate equipment in operation, and familiarize attendees with practical aspects of snack foods processing technology.

Download Complete 2020 Schedule and Information Here


The registration fee for the short course and pilot plant demonstrations includes Sunday evening mixer, daily lunch, refreshments at breaks, local transportation, a short course eBook manual, and certificates of completion. Registration fee is $1650 if paid in full by February 15, 2020. After this date, registration fee is $1750. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available upon request. An OPTIONAL black&white paper manual/binder is available for an additional $200 fee.

There is a 10% registration discount if you are a member of SNAC International, or if three or more individuals from the same organization register for the short course. Academic discounts may be applicable if space is available. (Only one discount per individual may apply.) Registration fees are NOT refundable, but substitute personnel may be sent by the same firm. Space is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

You can pay by credit card (American Express, Visa or Master Card) online. Call if you have any questions.

If paying by check, make payable to TEES (Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station) and mail to TEES Fiscal Office c/o TEES EDGE Program, 7607 Eastmark Dr. Suite 250D, College Station, TX 77840. Mail the registration form and a photocopy of your check to Cyndi Casanova, Short Course Coordinator (see address on registration application form).

Location and Facilities

All lectures will be held at Rudder Tower on the Texas A&M University Campus. College Station temperatures are from 66-44ºF (19-7ºC) in February and 72-51ºF (22-11ºC) in March. Participants will be taken by bus to the Process Engineering R&D Center (TAMU RELLIS Campus) and Cereal Quality Laboratory (Heep Hall) for afternoon demonstrations. Manuals and lectures will be in English. Translation equipment is available by prior arrangements for organized groups willing to provide their own translators.


Short Course Conduct

All Short Course Sessions will be informal. Insurance policies do not allow non-university personnel, other than original manufacturers, to operate equipment. Questions are encouraged during the lectures, breaks, and social periods. Laptops are allowed in the classroom to follow the presentations in the short course eBook manual. If you require WiFi access during the conference, please inform the Short Course Coordinator when you register (the hotel has its own WiFi access and is separate from the conference). Rights to cancel this course with refund, to deny service, to substitute speakers, and to change schedules, as necessary to expedite the course, are reserved. Texas A&M University System policy does not allow inclusion of alcoholic beverages in registration fees.



Easterwood Airport at College Station is easily reached by about eight flights daily.  From Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport connect via American Airlines. From Houston Intercontinental Airport connect via United Airlines.The airport code for Easterwood Airport is CLL. To get to the hotel in College Station, participants can call the Embassy Suites (979-260-6000) upon arrival at Easterwood Airport for courtesy van service or schedule a pickup with GroundShuttle.com (855.303.4415) from George Bush Intercontinental airport (IAH) or Houston Hobby airport (HOB).


Reservations for lodging should be made directly by attendee. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites for short course participants at the special rate of $127/night plus tax for single occupancy or double occupancy.  This rate includes a free full breakfast as well as free shuttle to and from the College Station airport.  Ask for the rate specifically and mention the Group Code ‘SF2‘ . Hotel reservations must be received before February 15, 2020 in order to get this special rate; the special rate DOES NOT APPLY before March 15 or after March 21. You can make reservation by telephone, fax, e-mail or (Click Here):

Embassy Suites
201 University Drive East
College Station, Texas 77840 USA.
Tel: 979-260-6000

Fax: 979-260-6001


When faxing or emailing hotel reservations, please include a credit card number to confirm you reservation, and also include your departure and arrival dates.

Additional Information

For additional technical information contact:

Dr. Mian N. Riaz

Process Engineering R&D Center
Texas A&M University System
College Station, Texas 77843-2476 U.S.A.
Tel: (979) 845-2774
Fax: (979) 845-2744
E-Mail: mnriaz@tamu.edu


For registration inquiries contact:

Cyndi Casanova

Short Course Coordinator
Process Engineering R&D Center
Phone: (979) 845-2741
Fax: (979) 845-2744
E-mail: shortcourse@tamu.edu

To view photos of past Past Short Courses click here.


March 15
March 20
Event Categories:


Process Engineering Research & Development Center


Rudder Tower on the Texas A&M University Campus