Join Our Drying Workshop

A two-day Drying Workshop is scheduled prior to IDS at WPI on June 25-26, 2022. This workshop will start with the basic fundamentals of drying and move toward understanding commercial applications.

The intended audience for this workshop is anyone who works on drying technologies, energy efficiency, and related operations. Related operations can include heating, cooling, and mass transfer operations. Attendees will range from young engineering professionals to seasoned veterans who work in the area.

The speakers will include university faculty (internationally recognized scholars) and current industry professionals who work in supply chain and at branded companies and startups.

The Drying Workshop is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Research in Drying (CARD), the United States Department of Agriculture, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Agenda for USDA/CARD Drying Workshop - June 25th and 26th, 2022
Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts
Campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Innovation Studio Building - Room 203/205
Day One
7:30 AMRegistration and Breakfast Snacks
Drying Fundamentals
8:15 AMOpening Remarks: Latest Developments in DryingHao FengUniv. of Illinois at
8:30 AMMaterials Science: Processing and Product QualityShelly SchmidtUniv. of Illinois at
9:30 AMMoisture Transport in Porous Media: Mechanisms and ModelingAshim DattaCornell
10:00 AMBreak
10:15 AMMoisture Transport in Porous Media: Mechanisms and ModelingAshim DattaCornell
12:00 PMLunch Break
Dryer Design and Simulation
1:00 PMHot-air Drying and Dryer SimulationMichael WhaleyBuhler/
1:30 PMSpray Drying and Dryer SimulationManish
2:00 PMFreeze Drying and SimulationMorten
2:30 PMBreak
Drying Technology Developments
3:00 PMOven/Dryer TroubleshootingIan KempIan Kemp
3:30 PMDryer Computer SimulationsAndrew BankaAir Flow
4:00 PMSensor Developments in Industry ApplicationsYuxiang LiuWorcester Polytechnic
4:45 PMEnd of Day One
5:15 PMDinner On Your Own
Day Two
Continuation of Drying Technology Developments
8:00 AMRegistration and Breakfast Snacks
8:30 AMNew Film Drying MethodsHao FengUniv. of Illinois at
9:00 AMNovel Jet Nozzles and ApplicationsJamal YagoobiWorcester Polytechnic
9:30 AMMicrowave Vacuum DryingTom YangCCDC- US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier
10:00 AMBreak
10:30 AMNovel Meat DryingTom YangCCDC- US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier
11:00 AMDrying ChemicalsManish
12:00 PMLunch Break
1:00 PMDrying Paper ProductsLokendra PalNorth Carolina State
2:00 PMDrying Process Energy AnalysisAl WorthingtonBuhler
2:30 PMBreak
Smart Dryers
3:00 PMIndustrial Vision for "Smart Ovens"Sheyla
3:30 PMBig Data Uses for Drying ProcessesChenhui ShaoUniv. of Illinois at
4:00 PMGetting Started - Available Tools for Early AI UsersLin ChengWorcester Polytechnic
4:30 PMWrap-UpHao FengUniv. of Illinois at
5:00 PMEnd of Day Two
Dinner on Your Own