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Vegtetable Oil Processing and Products of Vegetable Oil/Biodiesel

October 7 - October 11

Organized by

  • The Process Engineering Research & Development Center
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • The Texas A&M University System

(Schedule & Information Subject to Change)

Objectives of Short Course

Train production personnel in principles and practices of:

  • New methods in vegetable oil refining and processing
  • Latest methods in bleaching, neutralization, interesterification and deodorization of major vegetable oils
  • Production of biofuels
  • Production of non-trans fats
  • Filtration and vacuum systems and much more

Who Should Attend

This short course is a must attend for anyone involved in the field of Vegetable Oil Processing and interested in the latest developments in bleaching, hydrogenation, interesterification, deodorization, production of biodiesel and non-trans fats.

  • Plant Managers and Engineers
  • R &D Personnel
  • Sales and Marketing Personnel
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance Personnel
  • Application Scientists


Sunday, October 7, 2018
4:15PM Registration and Welcome Dinner – Hampton Inn, College Station
5:30 PM Short Course Orientation: How to Get the Most Out of a Training Program – Staff, Process Engineering R&D Center
5:45 PM Dinner – Rudy’s BBQ

Monday, October 8, 2018
7:40 AM Bus leaves hotel for Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University
8:00 AM Basic of Fats and Oils Chemistry, Factors Affecting Crude Oil Quality – M.S. Alam
9:00 AM Palm Oil Processing and Utilization: A New Direction for the Industry – F. Hidzir
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Vegetable Oil Extraction : Pros and Cons – R. Clough
11:45 AM Lunch
12:45 PM Group Photo
1:00 PM Removal of 3MCPD from Edible Oil – L. Espinosa
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Degumming of Crude Oils and Basics of Vegetable Oil Refining – W. Younggreen
3:30 PM Bus leaves for RELLIS Campus – Combined acid Degumming and Caustic Refining Demonstration
5:00 PM Bus leaves for hotel

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
7:40 AM Bus leaves hotel for Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University
8:00 AM Deoderizer design and heat recovery – L. Espinosa
9:00 AM Break
9:15 AM Centrifuges and Decanters in Vegetable Oil Processing, Design, Operation and Maintenance – T. Neuman
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Adsorptive Bleaching Materials and Processes – J. Bello
11:45 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Water Management Technology in the Refinery – W. Younggreen
2:00 PM Break
2:15 PM Filtration During Oil Processing- B. Boyd
3:15 PM Bus leaves for RELLIS Campus – Adsorptive Oil Refining Demonstration
5:00 PM Bus leaves for hotel

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
7:40 AM Bus leaves for Rudder Tower , Texas A&M University
8:00 AM Application of FT-NIR in Vegetable Oil Analyses- J. Hudson
9:15 AM Hydrodynamic Cavitation Technology for Vegetable Oil and Biodiesel Processing – D. Litle
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Employing Lab Scale Equipment to Resolve Plant Scale Issues – F. Filippini
11:30 AM Lunch –> Graduation Lunch
1:00 PM Absorbent Purification of Biodiesel – B. Cooke
2:00 PM Vegetable Oil Feed Stocks and Renewable Diesel – M. Holtzapple
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Bus leaves for RELLIS Campus—Deodorization of Vegetable and Biodiesel Production Demonstration
5:00 PM Bus leaves for hotel

Thursday, October 11, 2018
7:40 AM Bus leaves for Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University
8:00 AM Formulations and Technologies of Non Trans Products – J. Satumba
9:00 AM Safety and Environmental Issues for Vegetable Oil Processing – TBA
9:45 AM Vacuum Systems: Operations and Troubleshooting – A. Fris
10:45 AM Enzymatic Degumming of Vegetable Oils. Recent Developments – M. Jung
11:45 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Potential Membrane Separation Applications in Vegetable Oil Refining – TBA
2:00 PM Biobased Industrial Fluids & Lubricants – S. Awbrey
2:30 PM Short Course Adjourns

The Practical Short Course on Processing of Vegetable Oils will be held at Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Participants can be reached at (979)845-2741 (telephone) or (979)845-2744 (facsimile) from 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Thursday in case of emergencies.

All Short Course sessions will be informal. Questions are encouraged during the lectures, breaks and social periods. College Station temperatures in October are from 85 – 70 ºF (27 – 18 ºC).

College Station (Easterwood) Airport has about 10 flights/day, with air service from Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport via American Eagle Airlines (an American Airlines commuter) and from Houston Intercontinental Airport via Continental Airlines. Early reservations are recommended. Participants should call the Hampton Inn (979-846-0184) upon arrival at Easterwood Airport for courtesy van service.

Lodging reservations should be made directly by attendees. A block of rooms has been reserved at the College Station Hampton Inn for Short Course participants at the special rate of $ 109/night plus tax for single occupancy.  Ask for the rate specifically and mention the Group Code: VOP.  All reservations should be made before September 15, 2017 to receive the special rate. Vans/buses will be provided to and from lectures and social functions.

Hampton Inn
320 South Texas Avenue
College Station, TX 77840, USA
Ph: 979-846-0184
Fax: 979-268-5807

The registration fee is $1,550 and includes lunches, Short Course Manual and transportation service during classes. Rights to substitute speakers and change topics and schedules, as necessary to expedite the course, are reserved. Participants must be pre-registered before arrival in College Station. Space is limited, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payment, by check drawn on a U.S. bank or international cashiers check in U.S. dollars, must accompany the application.

You may register here online

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 250 D, College Station, TX 77840. You may pay by credit card (American Express, Visa, or Master Card) when registering online.

Registration fees are not refundable, but the same firm may send substitute personnel.


Dr. M.S. Alam, Head, Fats and Oils Program, Process Engineering R&D Center, Texas A&M University.
Spencer Awbrey, Chief Technical Officer, Envirosource, Inc.
Jorge Bello, Global Technical Service Manager, EP Engineering Clays
Bill Boyd, LEEM Filtration
Dr. Rich Clough, Head , Protein and Extraction Tech. Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University
Brian Cooke, General Manager – Technical Services, The Dallas Group
Leon Espinosa, Regional Sales Manager, DeSmet Ballestra North America
Frank Filippini, Applications Specialist, Oil-Dri Corporation of America
Allen Fris, Sr. Sales Engineer, Graham Corporation

Fairus Hidzir, Regional Manager, Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Dr. Mark Holtzapple, Professor, Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Dr. Joshua Hudson, Perkin Elmer, USA
Michael Jung, Application Scientist, DSM Food Specialties
Darren Litle, Arisdyne Systems Inc.
Bill McDonald, Crown Iron Works Co.
Ted Neuman, Westfalia Separator Inc.
Dr. John Satumba, Ph.D., FI & Analytical Chemistry Lead, Cargill O&S R&D

Stacy Williams, Process Engineering R&D Center, Texas A&M University
William Younggreen, Alfa Laval Inc.

For additional technical information, write, call or e-mail to:
Dr. M.S. Alam
Head, Fats and Oils Program
Process Engineering R&D Center
Phone: (979) 845-2740
E-mail: msalam@tamu.edu

For registration inquiries contact:
Cyndi Casanova
Short Course Coordinator
Process Engineering R&D Center
Phone: (979) 845-2741
E-mail: shortcourse@tamu.edu


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