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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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WPI Contributions to Space Travel

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WPI researchers put ‘red mud’ to use turning food waste into biofuel

WORCESTER – The shopping list for Price Chopper includes unsalted butter, applesauce, cheese, mashed potatoes, rice, canned chicken and green beans. The result? Not a meal, but a bio oil that researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have combined with a new catalyst, called “red mud,” to improve its energy yield. “What it comes down to […]

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NASA Selects New Technologies for Flight Tests for Future Space Exploration

Through NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Flight Opportunities program, six promising space technologies have been selected to be tested on commercial low-gravity-simulating aircraft and suborbital rockets. The opportunity to fly on these vehicles helps advance technologies closer to practical use by taking them from a laboratory environment to the real world. “The selected institutions will […]

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Chancellor’ 2018 CAPE Award

“CARD Co-Site/Innovation Director Irfan Ahmad at the University of Illinois recognized with the Chancellor’ 2018 CAPE Award for his contributions to the land-grant mission of the university involving research, education, and outreach.”

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