Center for Advanced Research in Drying (CARD)
Dr. Lippi graduated from the University of Illinois with three degrees (B.S. in General Biology and M.S. / PhD in Food Science). After graduating, he worked for the Quaker Oats Company in Barrington, IL for 4 years and the Anheuser-Busch Company in St. Louis, MO for 3 years prior to arriving at the Keebler Company in Elmhurst, IL in 1995.
He started at the bench as a senior food scientist at Keebler and progressed into a variety of roles with progressing responsibility. At one point Mark became the main liaison between Keebler and their largest industrial customer, Kellogg Company. He helped Kellogg develop new products that would potentially be launched into Keebler manufacturing plants.
After assuming an R&D Manager role in the Cookie business, Mark became an integral part of the Innovation program at Keebler. Later in 2001, Kellogg bought the Keebler Company and Mark was asked to continue his role as the business moved to Battle Creek, Michigan.
At Kellogg Mark continued to lead the Cookie R&D Team and later the Cracker R&D Team as Director of R&D. Kellogg’s Innovation machine was very active during this period. Mark was ultimately asked to lead the new Open Innovation program at Kellogg and for two years led a group of senior scientists developing that program at Kellogg.
Mark retired from the industry in 2011. He moved back to his hometown of Champaign, Illinois to co-teach “Product Development” in 2013 at the University of Illinois in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. At Illinois, Mark connected with a group of faculty seeking to develop a new “Drying” program and he became the Program Manager in 2013.
The Center for Advanced Research in Drying (CARD), a National Science Foundation (NSF) program is under the umbrella of their Industry University Cooperative Research Center program (IUCRC). This and the teaching role allowed Mark to work with eager students interested in honing their skills and in running industrial research projects.
Today, CARD has roughly 10 paying members that get access to the research CARD performs. CARD runs up to 10 projects each year that are voted in by the member companies. Our students at Illinois and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA (the lead University) run the projects with guidance from both their faculty advisors and the member-companies that fund the program. NSF contributes funding for managing the program and helping to pay infrastructure costs.
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