Fall 2015 Short Course 

October 27-29, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
Sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company, Washington State University and the USDA

The Fall Short Course Brochure is now available for download!

The Fall Short Course Brochure is now available for download!

The  IMPI 2015 Fall Short Course Brochure is now available for download. 


KEYNOTE: What’s Cookin’ and Zappin’ in America’s Kitchens
Sharon Franke, Kitchen Appliances & Technology Director, The Good Housekeeping Institute
This keynote address will highlight the latest kitchen and food trends and how they relate to the microwave oven.

KEYNOTE: Foodservice and Convenience Stores: What the Future Holds
Joe Chiovera, XS Food Service & Marketing
Over the past few years, foodservice has taken on a sense of urgency in the ever changing Convenience Store channel. With over 152,000 outlets comprised of Independents, Super Regionals, and Nationals the industry continues to grow it’s foodservice presence. See how this highly exposed and visited channels deals with the challenges of the fastest growing category in the industry.

Labeling Best Practices for Food Companies: The Five Stages of Grief
David Rosenfield,  Esq., Herrick, Feinstein LLP
In recent years, food labeling has become a target of civil lawsuits, especially class actions, and regulatory action. Since food class actions are a relatively recent phenomenon, many food companies have had little experience with such claims. Executives faced with their first class action case often go through the five stages of grief, including denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Many times, the final stage involves a settlement and some payment. Death and taxes may be inevitable, but companies can avoid lawsuits or government actions by following best practices when designing a label and promoting a product.

Trends in Foods, Flavors, and Health
Jack Li, Managing Director, Dattassential
A look at emerging food trends as well as consumers’ attitudes towards health & wellness

Millennials and the Microwave Market
Razi Imam, Founder & CEO, 113 Industries
We will present a Big Data analysis using over a million conversations of consumers using microwave ovens and their compensating behaviors and unarticulated needs. We will provide the audience with a clear view of what the consumers are doing to compensate for their unarticulated needs as they relate to the use of microwave ovens and share with the audience the profiles of users and the changing behaviors of the millennial generation.

Tempering of Frozen Foods using Microwave and RF Technology
Glenn Blaker, Technical Director, PSC Inc.
This talk will cover the theory and applications of Microwave and RF tempering, and give examples of current applications and future development.

Improving Food Processing with Microwaves
Bob Schiffmann, President, R.F. Schiffmann Associates Inc. and IMPI
The most successful microwave food processing systems are hybrids - combinations of conventional heat forms with microwave energy. By combining conventional heat transfer with microwave energy faster processing, greater throughput, increased product quality, and more are possible. Learn about the successful commercial examples of such systems.

Detecting the Invisible - (a new technology for increased food safety)
Sven-Gunnar Bodell, Food Radar Systems
Food Radar Systems in Sweden is the inventor of a new microwave based in line detection technology that can detect low density foreign bodies that traditional technologies do not capture.  Soft and hard plastic, rubber, fruit stones, wood and extraneous vegetable matter are some of the foreign matters that can be detected by the system as product is pumped through the systems in-line sensors.

Unique Microwave Packaging for Diverse Consumer & Product Needs
Corey Crooks, R&D Laboratory Manager, and Alicia Rivera, Business Development Manager, Graphic Packaging International
Are you curious about microwave packaging for your product line?  Come learn how consumer market trends drive package innovation and design.  And, discover the process behind the use of susceptors to enhance cook performance for an array of microwaveable food products.

Microwavable Products Can Injure People - What you can Do to Prevent Them
Bob Schiffmann, President, R.F. Schiffmann Associates Inc. and IMPI
The presenter has served as an expert witness in 35 cases, many of which related to serious injuries resulting from products being microwaved, and most of which shouldn’t have happened. This talk will examine some of the things you and your company should do to avoid liability.

Solving Product Development Problems
This panel of experts will address participants’ questions about developing, packaging and testing products.

Additionally, IMPI's Fall 2015 Short Course will offer an optional 4 1/2 hour Pre-Short Course on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 27th: Microwaves 101: The Fundamentals of Microwave Heating, which will be taught by Bob Schiffmann.

Registration fee includes: All course materials, a Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening, continental breakfasts, coffee breaks and networking luncheons on both Wednesday and Thursday. There is also an optional Group Dinner at a local restaurant (includes the meal, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity).

Registration Pricing: $595 for IMPI Members/ $695 for non-Members (early bird by October 3rd, 2015). The registration fee will go up to $695 members/$795 for non-members on October 4th. Optional Add-Ons: Microwave 101 Pre-Short Course is $150. Group Dinner is $50 inclusive per person.

Registration is NOW OPEN.

HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS are available at the Doubletree, Downtown Pittsburgh for the special IMPI Group Rate of $149 per night; click here to reserve your room today or call +1-412-281-5800 and ask for the International Microwave Power Institute rate.

There are a limited number of Exhibition and Sponsor Opportunities available for this event.  Please contact if you are interested.

REFUND POLICY: Refund of 50% if cancellation is made prior to September  15. After that time, no refunds can be made, however, substitutions can be made at any time.


IMPI 49 Symposium

The 49th Annual Microwave Power Symposium was held June 16-18, 2015 at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, California, USA! Eighty-four attendees participated in this event!

Proceedings from the 49th Annual Microwave Power Symposium are available for purchase. $75 for an electronic copy of the Proceedings; $150 for a hard copy. Please contact Molly Poisant if you would like to make a purchase.

The Schedule of Events/Marketing Brochure from the event can be accessed here. The Call for Papers is now available for download.  Please note the submission deadline has expired.

Exhibition/Sponsorships: IMPI 49 had a record number of exhibits this year: Gerling Applied Engineering, Graphic Packaging International, L-3 Electron Devices, MKS ALTER Products, Muegge GmbH, NXP, Photon Control, PSC Inc. and Richardson Electronics. Special thanks to our Sponsors: Liverpool John Moores University, Washington State University and the USDA!

Instructions for Presenters: 

1) The SCHEDULE OF EVENTS is now available for viewing. Please check the title of your paper and the spelling for your name.

2) Each author is asked to submit an extended 2 page abstract using the  IMPI 49 Word Template by April 1st.  Extended abstracts should be emailed to and these will be reviewed, and if accepted, published in the conference Proceedings.

3) Presenters are also required to submit a Micro-Abstract for use in our Onsite Program. Oral Presenters can download this form; Poster Presenters can download this form. Save the Micro-Abstract as "Paper # - Micro-Abstract" and email to by April 1st.

4) Guidelines for Oral Presenters_IMPI 49 can be downloaded here. Guidelines for Poster Presenters IMPI 49 can be downloaded here.

5) All authors are required to register for the conference by April 1, 2015. Registration will confirm your place in the program.

6) We are no longer requesting 4-page papers. Please consider submitting longer, more in depth papers, to the Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy.

Fall 2014 Short Course

The Fall 2014 Short Course was held October 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Arcade in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Sixty-one attendees participated in the 2 day event. Special thanks to our sponsors: Nestle, Washington State University, the USDA and PSC Inc.

IMPI 48 Symposium

IMPI 48 was held June 18-20, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. 83 attendees from across the globe attended the Symposium. Click here to view a copy of our program: IMPI-2014-SymposiumBrochure48_June 2014 and  Spouse/Guest Program

Proceedings from the 48th Annual Microwave Power Symposium are available for purchase. $75 for an electronic copy of the Proceedings. Please contact Molly Poisant if you would like to make a purchase.

Conference attendees will receive an email by July 3rd with details on how to access both the online Proceedings and PPTs (free of charge).

IMPI-2014-Proceedings_Final Website Version

Special thanks to our Sponsors

Washington State University, the USDA, Liverpool John Moores University, BEST Research Institute

And Exhibitors

Gerling Applied Engineering, Muegge GmbH, Neoptix, PSC Inc., Richardson Electronics and  SAIREM

Please contact Molly Poisant at