Vegtetable Oil Processing and Products of Vegetable Oil / Biodiesel


Practical Short Course on Vegetable Oil Processing and  Products of Vegetable Oil / Biodiesel

Process Engineering Research & Development Center (Formerly Food Protein R&D Center)
Texas Engineering Experiment Station
The Texas A&M University System

College Station, Texas

October 1-5, 2017


Registration Options
By Fax
By Online Registration


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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 1, 2017
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, Food Protein R&D Center
5:45 PM Dinner - Rudy's BBQ
Monday, October 2, 2017
7:40 AM Bus leaves hotel for Rudder Tower, Texas A&M
8:00 AM Basic of Fats and Oils Chemistry, Factors Affecting Crude Oil Quality - M.S. Alam
9:00 AM Vegetable Oil Feed Stocks and Renewable Diesel - M.Holtzapple
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 Nano Neutralization '"A cutting edge refining Technology" - 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 Riverside Campus - Combined acid Degumming and Caustic Refining Demonstration
5:00 PM Bus leaves for hotel
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7:40 AM Bus leaves hotel for Rudder Tower, Texas A&M
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 Refinary - W. Younggreen
2:00 PM Break
2:15 PM Filtration during oil processing- B. Boyd
3:15 PM Bus leaves for Riverside Campus - Adsorptive Oil Refining Demonstration
5:00 PM Bus leaves for hotel
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7:40 AM Bus leaves for Rudder Tower , Texas A&M
8:00 AM Application of FT-NIR in Vegetable Oil Analyses- J. Hudson     
9:15 AM Biodiesel Manufacture Principles and Equipment - B. McDonald
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 Absorben Purification of Biodiesel - B. Cooke
2:00 PM Palm Oil Processing and Utilization: A New Direction for the Industry - J. Minal
3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Bus leaves for Riverside Campus—Deodorization of Vegetable and Biodiesel Production Demonstration
5:00 PM Bus leaves for hotel
Thursday, October 5, 2017
7:40 AM Bus leaves for Rudder Tower
8:00 AM Formulations and Technologies of Non Trans Products - J. Satumba
9:00 AM Safety and Environmental Issues for Vegetable Oil Processing - J. Mulholland
9:45 AM Vaccum Systems: Operations and Troubleshooting - A. Fris
10:45 AM Enzymatic Degumming of Vegatable Oils. Recent Developments - M. Jung
11:45 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Potential Membrane Separation Applications in Vegetable Oil Refining - Y. J. Lee
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 and on Friday morning 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 $ 119/night plus tax for single occupancy.  Ask for the rate specifically and mention the Group Code: VGT.  All reservations should be made before September 16, 2016 to receive the special rate. Other hotels are nearby. 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.
Make checks payable to TEES (Texas Engineering Experiment Station) and mail to TEES Fiscal Office, 3124 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-3124. You may pay by credit card (American Express, Visa, or Master Card)
Registration fees are not refundable, but the same firm may send substitute personnel. Mail the registration form and a copy of your check to Short Course Coordinator (see address on registration application form).

Dr. M.S. Alam, Head, Fats and Oils Program, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University.

Spencer Awbrey, Cheif Technical Officer, Envirosource, Inc

Jorge Bello, Business Development & Technical Support Manager, Clariant – Mexico

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,Reginal Sales Manager, DeSmet Ballestra North America

Frank Filippini, Applications Specialist, Oil-Dri Corporation of America

Allen Fris, Sr. Sales Engineer, Graham Corporation.

Dr. Mark Holtzapple, Professor, Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Dr. Josgua Hudson, Perkin Elmer, USA 

Michael Jung, Application Scientist, DSM Food Specialties

Dr. Yongjae Lee, Head, Separation Program, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University
Bill McDonald, Crown Iron Works Co.

Johari Minal , Regional Manager, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)

John Mulholland, General Manager, N. Hunt Moore & Associates

Ted Neuman, Westfalia Separator Inc.

Dr. John Satumba, Ph.D., FI & Analytical Chemistry Lead, Cargill O&S R&D

William Younggreen, Alfa Laval Inc.


For additional technical information, write, call, fax or e-mail to:
Dr. M.S. Alam
Head, Fats and Oils Program
Food Protein R&D Center
2476 TAMU, Texas A&M University System
College Station, Texas 77843-2476 U.S.A
Tel: 979-845-2740, Fax: 979-845-2744
For registration inquiries contact:
Cyndi Casanova
Short Course Coordinator
Food Protein R&D Center
Phone: (979) 845-2741, Fax: (979) 845-2744