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 & Teaching

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Calculators and Reference Items

Technical writing for ABEN Students
Moisture based web calculators
Innovative methodologies developed
Units conversion article


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 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 image processing application in agriculture   (phenocam and UAS in plant health and biomass estimation; wool fiber thickness and grading; dimensional, size distribution, volume estimation and grading products; software tools development)
  • Agricultural processing and post-harvest engineering   (drying, tempering, soaking, separation, device/instrument development, and mathematical modeling)

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)

Courses Taught

ABEN 758 - Applied Computer Imaging and Sensing for Biosystems