The Center for Advanced Research in Drying (CARD) is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-Sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) devoted to research in drying of moist, porous materials such as food and other agricultural products, forestry products, chemical products, textiles, and biopharmaceuticals. CARD was founded by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, lead institution, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

$4 Million Award Received from DOE & Massachusetts Clean Energy

We are pleased to announce that CARD received a $4 million award from the Department of Energy and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to support innovative advanced manufacturing research and development with a special focus on energy efficiency in industrial drying.

WPI will act as project lead and expand its “smart drying” work with colleagues at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign to develop cutting-edge, energy-saving drying technologies, mainly in the food and forestry product industries. To learn more click here


What Members Say

Lauren O’Connor
Food Technologist
US Army CCDC Soldier Center

As an organization focused on the needs of active soldiers in the field, we have an enormous responsibility to provide safe, wholesome, and satisfying meals and snacks that maintain extraordinarily long shelf life in harsh conditions. CARD is an organization we rely on to uncover novel tools and technologies that can make a difference in our mission to feed our men and women deployed in unusual circumstances, wherever in the world they may be.