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NSF Phase II Funding Allows CARD to Focus on Energy Reduction

The National Science Foundation has approved Phase II funding for CARD. This will allow CARD to build upon five years of successful drying innovations in order to help reduce the considerable energy consumption by manufacturers across varying industries. According to Jamal Yagoobi, director of CARD and head of WPI’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, “The NSF’s […]

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CARD Research Featured on Cover of TAPPI

The most recent issue of TAPPI Journal, an internationally recognized technical publication that publishes the latest research on forest products, features research by CARD. The project is called: “Fundamental understanding of removal of liquid thin film trapped between fibers in the paper drying process.” The team working on this project includes Jamal Yagoobi, Zahra Noori, […]

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$87 million multi-institutional grant will help Illinois advance bioindustrial manufacturing

U of I plays a key role in research collaboration funded by the Department of Defense The Department of Defense awarded $87 million over seven years to the BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem, of which the University of Illinois is a governing member. An $87 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense matched by […]

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WPI Receives Combined $4 Million Award from Department of Energy and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has 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 […]

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Catalyzing Commercialization: Ultrasonic Dehydration of Protein Suspensions

Today, consumer food choices, as well as food processing innovations, are driven by health, nutrition, and sustainability considerations. Plant proteins, a sustainable alternative to meat, are being used more frequently in foods from protein bars to pasta. At the heart of many food processes is drying. Proteins are routinely dried to improve storage stability, expand […]

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Catalyzing Commercialization: Tiny Optical Fiber Sensors Offer Continuous, In situ Measurement of Humidity

Humidity is a very important parameter to monitor and control when drying food products, pulp and paper products, chemicals, and other semi-moist, porous materials. It can impact drying optimization and, ultimately, product shelf life. However, humidity sensors can be unrealiable, especially when used in large industrial ovens that dry, bake, or de-water materials. Accuracy and […]

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Dr. Jamal Yagoobi receives Hans Tropper Memorial Lecture Award

Dr. Jamal Yagoobi, CARD Director, was given the Hans Tropper Memorial Lecture Award for his lecture entitled “Transport of Heat and Mass with Electrical Field – from Earth to Space”. This award was presented at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Dielectric Liquids at the University of Roma, Rome, Italy, June 23-27, 2019.

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New Chair and Co-Chair of CARD Industry Advisory Board

Sheyla Ramsay, PepsiCo, has stepped down as Chair of the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) for CARD. We thank Sheyla for her hard work as Chair, and her dedication to CARD! Gagan Mongia, Hershey’s, has stepped up from Co-Chair to Chair of the IAB, and Wei Yang, Mondelez International, has stepped into the position of Co-Chair. […]

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U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) joins CARD

We are delighted that the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) will be joining the CARD program effective January 2019. We look forward to working with NSRDEC on complex drying issues. NSRDEC is located in Natick, Massachusetts charged by the U.S. Department of Defense with the research and development of food, […]

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CARD Faculty Named Director Vijay Singh of Newly Established IBRL

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and university administration opens the newly established Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab- a resource facility for the Center for Advanced Research in Drying (CARD) and industry.  CARD faculty Dr. Vijay Singh named as the inaugural director of IBRL at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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