2016 Inaugural Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting

The Center for Advanced Research in Drying (CARD)

A National Science Foundation, Industry/University

Cooperative Research Centers Program


We are pleased to announce that the Center for Advanced Research in Drying, (CARD), had its inaugural Center Meeting on November 16th and 17th, 2016 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.  CARD is devoted to research in drying of moist, porous materials such as food and other agricultural products, forestry products, chemical products, biopharmaceuticals, textiles, etc.  CARD was founded by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The objective of CARD is to work on pre-competitive research focused on improving efficiency in drying AND related heat/mass transfer processes (such as dewatering, baking, heating, cooling, freezing, frying, etc.) while improving the quality of finished products.  CARD’s mission is to solve essentially industry-related fluid transport problems.  We focus on building knowledge of underlying mechanisms for fluid transfer movements in products as well as to build energy-efficient technologies to assist in efficient drying.

At the same time, CARD is helping develop the next generation technical workforce by introducing novel educational opportunities for students attending the universities.  Students perform the research and ultimately run the projects.  This allows them to build their project management and applied research skills.

At the Center Meeting, projects were presented, voted, and chosen to move forward into CARD’s research portfolio.

Center Meeting Results “By the Numbers:”

  • 85 Total attendees – including Company Representatives, Faculty, Students, NSF and University Administrators
  • 17 Attendees from our 9 Member companies
  • 14 Attendees from our 12 Invited Guest Companies and National Laboratories
  • 16 Project Ideas presented by faculty
  • 9 Projects funded

The next CARD Center Meeting is at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign on May 16th and 17th, 2017.  Invited guests are always welcome.

We would be happy to talk with companies interested in CARD.  Let us help you understand if this program can assist you in the Drying Technology space.

View agenda here.