Manufacturing Minds – PQCW

The Product Quality Cleaning Workshop (PQCW) at Sam Houston State University is on pause due to COVID-19. You are not on pause!


What’s needed for the world to progress? Manufacturing

How will this happen? Minds – all kinds of minds from youthful to legendary and iconic.


Let us help you with ideas and inspiration to meet the challenges of critical product cleaning, surface quality, and surface properties. We will introduce you to the people who bring PQCW to life.


PQCW Instructors
Get insights on how to cope with current manufacturing disruptions, and optimize cleaning and contamination control. Come back stronger than ever!

Cleaning Research Group Students
Gain a forward-looking perspective about critical cleaning and manufacturing from the students in the Cleaning Research Group at Sam Houston State University.

Workshop sponsors
Make the most of newer and established techniques with curated discussions and demonstrations by technical experts.

June 2020

Max Sever – Cleaning, Communication, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering

As an intern at BFK Solutions, Max Sever was instrumental in putting together many of the cleaning studies and demonstrations for BFK Solutions and for the Product Quality Cleaning Workshops (PQCW). He’s a student of mechanical engineering who understands chemistry and can actually communicate! “I may start my own business – eventually,” Max says. “Another thing I learned working alongside […]
May 2020

Ethan DeBrosky – Innovation and Adaptability

“I wanted to be a police officer as a kid. I also grew up watching TV crime shows; but wasn’t until high school that I got exposed to science. I got to like it!” Ethan started out as a biology major, then found he “just gravitated toward chemistry – the labs actually interested me.” The next decision was whether to […]
April 2020

Alex Lu – Ultrasonic Cleaning and Imagination

Alex Lu, a chemistry major at Sam Houston State University, came from to the U.S. from China six years ago. He explains that “when I graduated from High School, I had two interests: chemistry and physics. I enjoyed chemistry more.” Alex is an innovator, an “imaginator” (if there is such a word). He’ll talk about a new technology he’s heard […]
April 2020

Robin De Vries – Forensics, Raman Spectroscopy, and Adaptability

“I really like puzzles,” says Robin De Vries. Robin, a student at Sam Houston State University and part of the Cleaning Research Group, grew up with shows like Bones and NCIS. She latched onto Forensic Science as a major. She figured: “Great! I can work in a crime lab.” Then, she started to work with Dr. Darren Williams. “I love […]
April 2020

Tanner Volek – Hansen Parameters and Surprising Findings

Would society be better served if more young people went to trade school instead of college? Not necessarily! Tanner Volek, and the world of manufacturing, is benefiting from a practical, applied college education. Tanner has been looking at solvency (does the cleaning agent dissolve the soil?) and powerful cleaning techniques to remove soils from fine tubing. Tanner Volek is a […]
April 2020

Brianna Hickman – Marketing & Event Planning, Human Resources

“I had no idea the field of critical cleaning existed!” Brianna Hickman, Marketing and Event Planning Intern in the Department of Chemistry at Sam Houston State University is “heart and soul, 100% a business major, so everything was new to me. I’d sit in on meetings with people at CRG (the Cleaning Research Group). They would explain everything to me.” […]
April 2020

Nethmini Ariyarathna – Vacuum Cycle Cavitation Cleaning

How will the world meet the manufacturing, critical cleaning and surface quality requirements of the future? One way is through the efforts of young people who look at the practical aspects of science. One such person is Nethmini Ariyarathna of the Cleaning Research Group at Sam Houston State University. Nethmini and I recently visited (using the current socially-acceptable techniques of […]
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