Audubon Sugar Institute sets short course for May 20-21 in Ga.

Richard Bogren, Kochergin, Vadim

News Release Distributed 02/26/10

The LSU AgCenter’s Audubon Sugar Institute will present its annual sugar processing short course May 20-21 in Savannah, Ga.

The event, which this year will feature separation technologies, is being held out of state to follow the annual meeting of Sugar Industry Technologists Inc., which will meet May 16-19 in Savannah.

The LSU AgCenter’s two-day practical short course is designed for specialists involved in the areas of sugars, sweeteners, renewable energy, foods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and water treatment, said Vadim Kochergin, a chemical engineer with the LSU AgCenter’s Audubon Sugar Institute.

The sessions will feature instructors from the LSU AgCenter and manufacturing companies in the United States, France, Germany and South Africa, who will present information on operations and process design related to affinity-based separation technologies using fine-granulated media, Kochergin said.

“Sugars comprise a large portion of various agricultural crops and provide a chemical platform for producing fuels and chemicals from renewable resources,” he said. “That is why the short course will have special focus on the challenges of the emerging industry of renewable fuels and chemicals.

“Other sessions will deal with new advances in equipment, media and process design as well as an overview of membrane filtration technology,” he added. “The course provides opportunities to create your own network of experts and industry suppliers and obtain information on all aspects of resin-based processes.”

The sessions will be held at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto hotel.

Registration for the two-day event is $750 with a discounted rate of $650 for registrations submitted by March 15. LSU students may register for $250. Companies sending two or more representatives will receive a 15 percent discount, and Louisiana sugar mill personnel will receive a 25 percent discount.

A complete, detailed brochure is available online by going to www.lsuagcenter.com/audubon and clicking on the “education” link. Information also is available by telephone at 225-642-0135, ext. 236, or by e-mail to vkochergin@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Rick Bogren

1/4/2011 1:14:33 AM
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