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Membrane & Other Separations Technologies Short Course

May 13 - May 17

28th Annual Practical Short Course on
Membrane & Other Separations Technologies:

Applications in food, dairy, beverage, and bioprocessing
A Practical Workshop with Daily Pilot Plant Demonstrations

Organized by

  • Process Engineering Research & Development Center
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • The Texas A&M University System
    College Station, TX 77843-2476

(Schedule & Information Subject to Change)

Objectives of Short Course

  • Review basic principles of membrane filtration & separations processing including system design, membrane & equipment selection costs, economics, and practical applications
  • Orient new product formulators, food, dairy, & beverage scientists, chemists, chemical engineers, environmental engineers, and students to processing and products of separations technologies
  • Review major applications of microfiltration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, pervaporation, chromatography, centrifugation, and other technologies in food processing, dairy processing, and beverage processing
  • Review fundamentals and practical aspects of membrane fouling and cleaning
  • Provide daily “hands-on” demonstrations and familiarize attendees with the practical aspects of membrane & separations technologies
  • Review new technologies / developments in Membrane Filtration Technology & Separations Technologies
  • Review case studies, success stories, new systems designs, industrial/commercial applications and economics of membrane systems, pre and post-treatment technologies


Sunday, May 13, 2018

5:00 PM
Registration, Hampton Inn Lobby – Welcome & Announcements


Concepts and Principles

Monday, May 14, 2018

8:00 AM
Bus leaves Hotel for TIPS Building, Texas A&M University Campus

8:30 AM
Welcome, Introduction & Announcements –

9:00 AM
“Basic Principles of Membrane Filtration Separations” – Munir Cheryan

10:40 AM
Break/Refreshments and Group Photo Session

11:00 AM
“Optimizing Process Variables” – Munir Cheryan

12:00 PM

1:30 PM
“Critical Parameters in Selecting Membranes and Systems for Food and Beverage Applications” – Carl Hoffman

2:30 PM
Refreshments”Optimizing Process Variables ” – Munir Cheryan

2:50 PM
“SelRO Chemically Stable Nanofiltration Membranes” – Carl Hoffman

3:50 PM

Bus leaves for PERDC for Multiple Demonstrations:

  • Review Examples of Membrane Filtration Types, Modules & Systems –  Peter Allan
  • Spiral Membrane Filtration – David Pearson
  • Membrane Application to Wine Processing – Peter Allan


Applications in Food, Dairy, Beverage, and Bioprocessing

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

8:00 AM
Bus leaves Hotel for TIPS Building, Texas A&M University Campus

8:30 AM
“Dairy Industry Membrane Filtration Applications” – TBA

9:20 AM
“What’s New in Membrane Technology” – Munir Cheryan

10:10 AM

10:30 AM
“New and Novel Applications for Tubular Membranes” – David Pearson

11:30 AM

1:30 PM
“Fluid Process Optimization” – William Toomey

2:30 PM

3:00 PM
“Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems: Recent Developments in Scale and Deposit Control Agents” – John Zibrida

3:40 PM
“Direct and Crossflow Filtration Technologies Used in Food and Dairy Processing” – Bob Tyler

4:30 PM

Bus leaves for PERDC for Multiple Demonstrations:

  • Tubular Membrane Filtration System – David Pearson
  • Spiral Membrane Filtration System – Review, Discussion, Demo Filtration –  Peter Allan
  • Pilot Plant Evaluation of On-Line Process Fluids – William Toomey


Applications & New and Emerging Separations

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

8:00 AM
Bus leaves Hotel for TIPS Building, Texas A&M University Campus

8:30 AM
“How to Investigate Separations Technologies for New Products, Processes and troubleshoot” – Peter Allan

9:30 AM

9:50 AM
“How to Treat Food Processing Salinity Water Using Capacitive Deionization ” – Bob Atlas

10:40 AM

11:00 AM
“Use of Ion Exchange Resin in the Food and Beverage Industry” – Fred Morita

12:00 PM
Graduation Lunch

1:30 PM
“Stainless Steel Membranes and Their Applications” – Scott Wittwer

2:30 PM

2:50 PM
“Use of Continuous Centrifuges in the Food, Dairy and Beverage Industry” – Ted Neuman

3:30 PM
“Nanosizer, Lipid Membranes and the Future of Liposme Technology” – Nima Tamaddoni

4:30 PM

Bus leaves for PERDC for Multiple Demonstrations:

  • Capacitative Deionization (CDI) Demo – Bob Atlas
  • Graver Stainless Steel Membrane – Scott Wittwer
  • Continuous Three Phase Vertical Centrifuge System – Ted Neuman
  • Discussion, Demonstration of Cleaning & Sanitizing Membranes & Systems – Steven Anderson


Membrane Fouling & Cleaning

Thursday, May 17, 2018

8:00 AM
Bus leaves Hotel for TIPS Building, Texas A&M University Campus

8:30 AM
“Membrane Filtration Cleaning and Sanitizing” – Steven Anderson

9:30 AM
“Membrane Pretreatment” – Gerald Luss

10:30 AM

10:50 AM
“Reclamation of Cleaning Solutions by Membrane” – Gerald Luss

12:00 PM
Short course adjourns

Location and Facilities

All lectures will be held at the TIPS (Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies) Building on the Texas A&M University Campus, Monday through Thursday. Parking is available next to the building. If you will be bringing your own vehicle, please contact Cyndi Casanova at 979-845-2741 or shortcourse@tamu.edu to reserve a daily parking pass. For a parking map, go to http://aggiemap.tamu.edu/. A bus will transport attendees from the Hampton Inn to and from the TIPS building each morning and afternoon.

Pilot plant demonstrations will be in the pilot plant facilities at the Process Engineering R&D Center, 2476 TAMU, Texas A&M University RELLIS Campus. Participants will be taken by bus to the RELLIS campus for daily afternoon demonstrations and will return to the Hamptoon Inn once demonstrations have concluded for the day.

Map & Directions



  • Peter Allan, VP Sales, Tangent Membranes INC
  • Steven Anderson, Membrane Specialist, Eco Lab Food & Beverage Division
  • Bob Atlas, President Aqua EWP, LLC
  • Munir Cheryan, Founder and President, Munir Cheryan LLC
  • Carl Hoffman, Market Manager, Food & Beverage, KOCH Membrane System
  • Gerald Luss, Technical Director, Complete Filtration Resources Inc.
  • Fred Morita, Technical Sales Manager-Southwest, Purolite
  • Ted Neuman, Market Manager, GEA Mechanical Equipment
  • David Pearson, Managing Partner, Membrane Systems LLC
  • William Toomey, CEO & President, Global Pro Sys
  • Bob Tyler, General Market Sales Manager, Pall Corporation
  • Scott Wittwer, Product Manager, Graver Technologies
  • John Zibrida, President, Zibex, Inc.



The registration fee for the short course and pilot plant demonstrations is $1,395 if paid in full by April 26, 2017. After this date, the registration fee is $1,495. The fee includes an ebook Manual, “light” breakfast, daily lunch, graduation luncheon, refreshments, certificates of completion, and daily pilot plant demonstrations.

There is a 10% discount if three or more individuals from the same organization register for the short course. Academic discounts may be applicable if space is available.

Make checks 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. You may pay the fee by credit card (American Express, Visa, or Master Card). Registration fees are not refundable but substitute personnel may be sent by the same firm. Mail the registration form and a copy of your check to Cyndi Casanova, Short Course Coordinator (See address on registration application form). Space is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Lodging reservations should be made directly by the attendees by calling (979) 846-0184. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn for the short course participants. Room rates are $99 plus tax per night (rooms available at 3 PM). Ask for the rate specifically and mention the Group Code: MEM. Hotel reservations must be received before April 26, 2018.

Hampton Inn
320 Texas Ave. S., College Station, Texas 77840, USA
Tel: 979-846-0184
Fax: 979-268-5807

Visit Hampton Inn Website


Easterwood Airport at College Station is easily reached by about eight flights daily. From Dallas/Ft. 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 Hampton Inn (979.846.0184) 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).

Additional Information

For additional technical information contact:

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


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Process Engineering Research & Development Center