Course Description

Water Issues and Technologies:  Process Water, Wastewater, and Desalination


The Texas A&M University System

Presents the

10th Annual Practical Short Course on

"WATER Issues & Technologies:

Process Water, Wastewater, and Desalination"

October 15 - 17, 2014
College Station, TX


Separation Sciences Program
Food Protein Research & Development Center

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The Separation Sciences Group at the Food Protein R&D Center at Texas A&M University presents a hands-on practical workshop with all the do's and don'ts of membrane filtration systems. This is the time to see how it works from the leading professionals in membrane technology.

What You Will See... Who Should Attend...
Fees for 2013 Short Course
  • Membrane filtration
  • Cleaning technique
  • Life of membranes
  • What's being Used
  • What's being Treated
  • Pretreatment
  • Disposals
  • Manufacturers
  • Consultants
  • Designers
  • Researchers
  • Water personnel
  • Waste water engineers

  $895 for attendees if paid in  full by September 24, 2014

  $995 for attendees

   starting September 25, 2014


Sunday, October 27, 2013
5:00 PM
Registration, College Station Hilton Hotel, Welcome and Announcements
Monday, October 28, 2013
7:40 AM Bus Leaves Hotel for Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University
8:00 AM Introduction–Welcome Announcements and Opening remarks- Dr. YongJae Lee
8:15 AM "The State of Membrane Treatment in the United States” - Dr. Harold G. Fravel
9:00 AM “Innovative Water Supplies in Texas ” - Jorge A. Arroyo
10:00 AM Refreshments and Group Photo
10:15 AM "Water Resue: Technologies for Industrial and Municipal Applications" - Dr. John Kovski
11:00 AM "Cause of Membrane Fouling and Traditional and New Technologies to Prevent Fouling" - David Bromley
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM "New Water Treatment Technologies and their Capabilities - Dr. Steve Gluck
2:20 PM Liquid/Solid Separations Technologies" - Bill Irvine
3:00 PM Refreshments
3:10 PM

"Membrane Improvements Against Fouling for Hydrophobic contaminants such as Oil, Grease, Wax, Paint, Organics... " - Dr. Dileep Agnihotri

4:00 PM “Polymer Membranes for Water Purification and Power Generation” - Dr. Donald R. Paul
4:50 PM

"A Rules Based Approach to Treatment Technology Selection" - Dr. Andrew Ernest

5:40 PM Bus leaves for FPRDC for Multiple Demonstrations

  • Review examples of Membrane Filtration Types, Modules and Systems - Dr. YongJae Lee
  • HydraKleen - Liquid/Liquid Separation Technology -
Bill Irvine

  • Spiral Membrane Filtration - Peter Allan

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:40 AM Bus Leaves Hotel for Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University Campus
8:00 AM “Ceramic Membranes an Emerging Water Treatment Technology" - Dr. Sunil Kommineni
8:45 AM "New and Novel Applications for Tubular Membranes ” - Peter Allan
9:05 AM "Desalination with Capacitive Deionization" - Dr. Sanjay Tewari
9:55 AM Refreshments
10:00 AM “How to Treat High Salinity Waste Water for Surface Discharge at a 90% Recovery-or for Beneficial Reuse” - Bob Atlas
10:40 AM “Integrated Membrane Treatment System Design for Water Reuse, Zero Liquid Discharge, and Desalination” - Jorge T. Aguinaldo
11:20 AM "SAWS Median Water Treatment, Plant Operation for 13 years" - Joseph R. Thaxton
12:00 PM Graduation Lunch, Rudder Tower - University Club
1:30 PM " Characterization of Desalination Plant Concentrate Discharge Impacts on Water Quality in  a Texas Coastal Area" - Dr. Lee Clapp
2:10 PM

“Management, Disposal and Reuse of Produced and Frac Flowback Waters: Views from the General Public” - Gene L. Theodori

3:30 PM Refreshments
3:40 PM “The Chemistry of Membrane Cleaning“ - Thomas McGuckin
4:00 PM

“Membrane Filtration Cleaning and Sanitizing” - Steven Anderson

4:40 PM "Basic Water Quality Analysis" - Angel Flores
5:00 PM

Bus leaves for FPRDC for Multiple Demonstrations


    • Capactive Deionization (CDI) Demo - Bob Atlas

  • Tubular Membrane Filtration System - Peter Allan

  • Basic Water Quality Analysis Demo - Angel Flores

  • Discussion, Demonstration of Cleaning & Sanitizing Membranes & Systems - Steven Anderson


  • Train attendees in basics, principles, characteristics, and operations of system technologies, costs, case studies, and cleaning and sanitizing techniques.
  • Establish your network of academia and industry experts
  • Demonstrate equipment in operation, and familiarize attendees with practical aspects of pretreatment technologies, membrane filtration processes and post treatment technologies and new technologies.



Presentations will be held at Rudder Tower, on the Texas A&M UniversityCampus.
Demonstrations will be held at Food Protein R&D Center, Riverside Campus, Separation Sciences Lab. Participants will be taken to and from Riverside Campus by bus and returned to the Hilton Hotel. College Station temperatures in late October can range from 60-80F (16-27C).


All Short Course sessions will be informal. Questions are encouraged during the lectures, breaks and social periods. Rights to cancel this course with refund or to substitute speakers and change schedules as necessary to expedite the course are reserved. Texas A&M University System policy does not allow inclusion of alcoholic beverages in registration fees.


Registration Fee is $995 for attendees, and $895 if registration fee paid in full BY September 24, 2014. 10% discount if 3 or more from the same company attend. Academic discounts available for TAMU students. Please contact our office for more information. Refreshments and lunches are included in registration fee. Registration fees are not refundable.


College Station is easily reached by about 10 flights daily. From Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, connect via American Airlines (American Eagle Commuter). From Houston Intercontinental Airport, connect via Continental Airlines (Continental Express). The College Station Airport code is CLL. Participants should call the Hilton Hotel (979-693-7500) upon arrival at Easterwood Airport for courtesy van service.


Reservations for lodging should be made directly by attendee. A block of rooms has been reserved at the College Station Hilton and Conference Center for Short Course participants at the special rate of $115/night plus tax for single or double occupancy. Ask for the rate specifically and mention the Group Code WAT14. Hotel reservations must be received before September 24, 2014 in order to get special rates. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. You can make your reservation by telephone, fax, e-mail or internet:

Hilton College Station & Conference Center
801 University Drive East
College Station, Texas 77845, USA.
Tel: 979/693.7500; Fax: 979/260.1931



Marcy Bundick

Short Course Coordinator

Food Protein R&D Center

Phone: (979) 845-2741

Fax: (979) 845-2744



Dr. YongJae Lee

Head, Separation Sciences Program

Food Protein R&D Center

Phone: (979) 845-2758

Fax: (979) 845-2744