Dr. Igathinathane Cannayen

Dr. Igathinathane (Igathi) Cannayen, Associate Professor
ABEN Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
North Dakota State University
NDSU Dept. 7620, PO Box 6050
Fargo ND  58108-6050
Email: i.cannayen@ndsu.edu

Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory
USDA-Agricultural Research Service
Room 208
1701 10th Ave SW, PO Box 459
Mandan ND 58554-0459
Ph: 701-667-3011; Fax: 701-667-3054



  • Ph. D. Agricultural and Food Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • M. Tech. Post Harvest Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • B. E. (Ag) Agricultural Engineering, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
  • Research - 95%
  • Teaching - 5%
Research Interests
  • Biomass feedstock engineering (preprocessing; physical, mechanical, and thermal properties; size reduction, densification and separation; industrial beets front end processing; floor affected wood utilization; logistics and economics)
  • Machine vision and image processing applications in agriculture (phenotyping, phenocam, UAV, and satellite in plant health and biomass estimation; wool fiber thickness and grading; dimensional, size distribution, volume estimation and grading products)
  • Agricultural processing and post-harvest engineering (drying, tempering, soaking, separation, device/instrument development, and mathematical modeling)
  • Data science, modeling, and computer applications in agricultural engineering and modeling (open-source software tools development; circular bioeconomy for agricultural, food, and rangeland enterprises; precision agriculture applications; big data and high-performance computing; standards development)
Professional Experience
  • Assistant Professor North Dakota State University, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Fargo, US (Oct. 2009 - June 2017):
    Biomass preprocessing research and extension, biofuels, machine vision and image processing for agricultural applications, and graduate students research guidance and mentoring
  • Research Associate – Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, US (Dec. 2006 – Apr. 2008; Mar. 2009 – Oct. 2009):
    Biomass feedstock engineering, handling, preprocessing, pelletization, machine vision, feedstock hydration kinetics, economic analysis, and syngas systems
  • Visiting Scientist – University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (May 2008 – Feb. 2009):
    Biomass feedstock engineering including pelletizing, densification, mechanical strength characteristics of densified materials, size and size distribution by machine vision, size reduction, and handling
  • Research Associate – The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, US (Apr. 2003 – Nov. 2006):
    Size reduction, separation, energy requirement of size reduction, linear knife grid, corn stover moisture relations on field and after harvest, equilibrium moisture sorption and thermodynamic studies of corn stover components, storage and hydration studies of corn stover components
  • Assistant Professor – College of Agricultural Engineering, Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, India (Nov. 1993 – Mar. 2002): Teaching students of B.Tech. Agricultural Engineering and B.Sc. Agriculture students (18 courses) and research project guidance (19 undergraduate and graduate research projects)
Courses Taught
  • ABEN 758 - Applied Computer Imaging and Sensing for Biosystems (3 cr.)
  • ABEN 790 - Graduate Seminar (1 cr.)
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