Course Description

Membrane & Other Separations Technologies Short Course


The Texas A&M University System


25th Annual Practical Short Course on

Membrane & Other Separations Technologies:
Applications in food, dairy, beverage, and bioprocessing

A Practical Workshop with Daily Pilot Plant Demonstrations


Separation Sciences Program
Food Protein Research & Development Center
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
The Texas A&M University System
College Station, TX 77843-2476

May 3rd-7th, 2015
College Station, TX

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Sunday, May 3, 2015
5:00 PM
Registration, CS Hilton  Hotel Lobby - Welcome & Announcements
6:00 PM
Mixer/Social @ Boston's

Monday, May 4, 2015

Concepts and Principles

7:50 AM
Bus leaves Hotel for TIPS Building, Texas A&M University Campus
8:20 AM
Introduction: Welcome & Announcements -YongJae Lee, Program Coordinator, Separation Science Program
8:50 AM
"Basic Principles of Membrane Filtration Separations" - Munir Cheryan
10:40 AM
Break/Refreshments and Group Photo Session
11:00 AM
"Fundamentals of Membrane filtration System Engineering" - Joshua Goplin
12:00 PM
1:30 PM
"Membrane Filtration Modules & Systems" - Munir Cheryan
2:40 PM
3:00 PM
"Electrodialysis: Principles and Applications" - Lucy M. Camacho
4:00 PM

Bus leaves TIPS building for Hotel


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Applications in Food, Dairy, Beverage, and Bioprocessing

7:50 AM
Bus leaves Hotel for TIPS Building, Texas A&M University Campus
8:10 AM
"Stainless Steel Membranes and Their Applications" - Scott Wittwer
9:00 AM
"Membrane Products for the Food and Beverage Industry" - Carl Hoffman
10:00 AM
10:20 AM
"Process Waste Stream Membrane Filtration Applications" - Joshua Goplin
11:20 AM
"Pretreatment of Bioaccumuluable Mercury in Water Using Reactive Nanoparticle - Supported Ultrafiltration and Photocatalytic Reduction Technology " - Dong Suk Han
12:00 PM
1:30 PM
"New Developments in Electrodialysis: Examples in Food, Industrial, & Chemical Industries " - Daniel H. Bar
2:30 PM
2:50 PM
"Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems: Recent Developments in Scale and Deposit Control Agents " - John Zibrida
3:30 PM

Bus leaves for FPRDC for Multiple Demonstrations:

  • Graver Stainless Steel Membrane - Scott Wittwer
  • Spiral Membrane Filtration System - Review, Discussion, Demo: GEA Filtration - Joshua Goplin
  • Continuous Three Phase Vertical Centrifuge System - Ted Neuman
Bus leaves FPRDC for Hotel

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New and Emerging Separations & Their Applications

7:50 AM
Bus leaves Hotel for TIPS Building, Texas A&M University Campus
8:10 AM
"HydraKleen - Liquid/Solid Separations Technology" - Bill Irvine
9:00 AM
"Basic Principles of Hollow Fiber Scalability" - Catherine Blake & Byron Sample
10:00 AM
10:20 AM
"How to Treat Any Salinity Water Using Capacitive Deionization " - Bob Atlas
12:00 PM
Graduation Lunch @ Texas A&M Recreational Center
1:30 PM
"Brackish Ground and Surface Water Source Treatment to Offset Drought Related Supply Shortages to Food, Dairy, Beverages, and Bioprocessing Industries" - Daniel Christodoss
2:30 PM
2:50 PM
"Use of Continuous Centrifuges in the Food, Dairy, and Beverage Industry" - Ted Neuman
3:30 PM

"Causes of Membrane Fouling and Cleaning Protocols to Promote Membrane Longevity" - Daniel Christodoss

4:20 PM


Bus leaves for FPRDC for Multiple Demonstrations:

  • Hollow Fiber Membrane - Catherine Blake & Byron Sample
  • Capacitive Deionization (CDI) Demo - Bob Atlas
  • Discussion, Demonstration of Cleaning & Sanitizing Membranes & Systems - Steven Anderson

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Membrane Fouling & Cleaning

7:50 AM
Bus leaves Hotel for TIPS Building, Texas A&M University Campus
8:05 AM
"New and Novel Applications for Tubular Membranes " - Peter Allan
8:40 AM
"Analysis and Diagnosis of Membrane Filtration Fouling" - Lee Clapp
9:15 AM
9:30 AM
"Reclamation of Cleaning Solutions by Membranes" - Gerald Luss
10:05 AM
"Membrane Filtration, Cleaning, & Sanitizing " - Steven Anderson
11:00 AM

Bus leaves for FPRDC for Multiple Demonstrations

  • Tubular Membrane Filtration System - Peter Allan
  • Spiral Membrane Filtration - Peter Allan
12:00 PM
Short course adjourns; bus leaves from FPRDC to hotel.



All lectures will be held at Rudder Tower on the Texas A&M University Campus, Monday through Thursday. Parking is across the street in the University Center Garage. For a parking map, go to

Pilot plant demonstrations will be in the pilot plant facilities at the Food Protein R&D Center, 2476 TAMU, Texas A&M University Riverside Campus. Participants will be taken by bus to riverside campus for daily afternoon demonstrations.

Maps & Directions


Lodging reservations should be made directly by the attendees by calling (979) 693-7500. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton College Station for the short course participants. Room rates are $115 (single or double) plus tax per night (rooms available at 4 PM. Ask for the rate specifically and mention the Group Code: MEMB14. Shuttle service is provided from Easterwood Airport to and from the Hilton Hotel. Shuttle service can be arranged by calling the Hilton (979) 693-7500. Hotel reservations must be received before April 6, 2014.

Hilton College Station & Conference Center
801 University Dr. East, College Station, Texas 77840, USA
Tel: 979-693-7500
Fax: 979-260-1931


The registration fee for the short course and pilot plant demonstrations is $1,395 if paid in full by April 6, 2014.  After this date, the registration fee is $1495. The fee includes an eBook Manual, daily lunch, Thursday graduation luncheon, refreshments, certificates of completion, and daily pilot plant demonstrations.

There is a 10% discount if two or more individuals from the same organization register for the short course. Academic discounts may be applicable if space is available.

Make checks payable to TEES (Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station) and mail to TEES Fiscal Office, 3124 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-3124. You may pay the fee by credit card (American Express, Visa, or Master Card). Registration fees are not refundable but substitute personnel may be sent by the same firm. Mail the registration form and a copy of your check to Short Course Coordinator (See address on registration application form). Space is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


For additional technical information contact:

Dr. YongJae Lee

Program Head, Separation Sciences

Food Protein R&D Center

Phone : (979) 845-2758

Fax: (979) 845-2744



For registration inquiries contact:

Marcy Bundick

Short Course Coordinator

Food Protein R&D Center

Phone: (979) 845-2741

Fax: (979) 845-2744




Peter Allan, Managing Partner, Membrane Systems LLC

Steven Anderson, Membrane Specialist, Eco Lab Food & Beverage Division

Bob Atlas, President, Aqua EWP, LLC

Daniel H. Bar, Vice President / General Manager, Amerida, Division of Eurodia Idustrie

Catherine Blake, Application Scientist, GE Healthcare

Lucy M. Camacho, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University Kingsville

Munir Cheryan, Founder and President, Munir Cheryan LLC

Daniel Christodoss, Principal Municipal Engineer, URS Corporation

Lee Clapp, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University Kingsville

Joshua Goplin, Sales Engineer, GEA Process Engineering INC

Dong Suk Han, Assistant Research Scientist, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Carl Hoffman, Market Manager, Food & Beverage, KOCH Membrane System

Bill Irvine, President, Engineering Fluid Solutions, LLC

YongJae Lee , Program Head, Separation Sciences Program, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University

Gerald Luss, Technical Director, Complete Filtration Resources Inc.

Ted Neuman, Market Manager, GEA Mechanical Equipment

Byron Sample, Application Scientist, GE Healthcare

Scott Wittwer, Product Manager, Graver Technologies

Jorge Yacubowicz, Chief Technology Officer, AMS Technologies

John Zibrida, President, Zibex, Inc.