Dr. Igathinathane Cannayen


Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, USDA-Agricultural Research Service.  Room 208.  1701 10th Ave SW, PO Box 459, Mandan, ND 58554-0459


Dr. Igathinathane Cannayen

Associate Professor

Responsibility:      Research = 95%; Teaching = 5%

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Ph. D. Agricultural and Food Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

M. Tech. Post Harvest Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

B. E. (Ag) Agricultural Engineering, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India

Research Interests

  • Biomass feedstock logistics
  • Phenocam and UAS application for plant health and biomass estimation
  • Energy beet front end processing for biofuel industry development
  • Affected woody biomass utilization pathways
  • Biomass and bioproducts physical, mechanical, thermal, hydration properties, and quality
  • Machine vision based wool fiber thickness determination and grading
  • Size reduction and separation of biomass
  • Biomass densification and packaging
  • Mechanical preprocessing methods of feedstock
  • Machine vision applications for dimensional, size distribution, volume estimation and grading products
  • Thermal processing and energy densification of biomass
  • Economic aspects of biomass preprocessing and delivery

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 AssociateMississippi 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)


  • Novel methods, techniques, devices, and computer applications developed