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Research Grants

Funded Grants and Contracts ($4,980,716)

USDA FAS MICRONUTRIENT FORTIFIED FOOD AID PROJECT PILOT (MFFAPP) SUBCONTRACT. 2011. $100,000.

Enhancing food aid programs by optimizing Ultra Rice. Principal Investigator: PATH, Seattle, WA. Duration: 3/01/12 - 7/30/12.

USDA FAS MICRONUTRIENT FORTIFIED FOOD AID PROJECT PILOT (MFFAPP). 2011. $3,000,000.

Novel sorghum-based fortified blended foods for infants and young children. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Lilja, N., Chambers, E., Lindshield, B., and Procter, S. Duration: 5/01/12 - 4/30/15.

PEPSICO. 2011. $21,860.

Pilot-scale studies for optimization and production of oat and multi-grain flakes. Principal Investigator: Alavi, S. Duration: 10/15/11 - 12/15/11.

MGP INGREDIENTS. 2011. $70,000.

Processing methods and quality characteristics of texturized vegetable proteins. Principal Investigator: Alavi, S. Duration: 8/1/11 - 7/31/13.

USDA INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND EDUCATION GRANT. 2011. $149,633.

Raising the Global Intelligence Quotient of U.S. workforce via food security and agricultural value addition in Mozambique. Principal Investigators:Alavi, S., and Lilja, N. Duration: 9/1/11 - 8/31/14.

LOTUS PETFOOD 2011. $30,000.

Nutritional and processing differences between baking and extruding pet foods. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., and Aldrich, G. Duration: 8/1/11 - 7/31/13.

KANSAS GRAIN SORGHUM COMMISSION 2011. $37,140.

Novel sorghum based food products for infant, young children and adult nutrition. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Plattner, B., and Maichel, E. Duration: 3/1/11 - 9/30/11.

UNITED SORGHUM CHECKOFF PROGRAM 2010. $59,725.

Utilization of sorghum ingredients and co-products in aquatic animal feed production. Principal Investigator: Alavi, S. Duration: 3/1/11 - 2/29/12.

UNITED SORGHUM CHECKOFF PROGRAM 2010. $59,450.

Sorghum soy blends (SSB) as a food aid product. Principal Investigator: Alavi, S. Duration: 3/1/11 - 2/29/12

WENGER MANUFACTURING 2010. $5,000.

Novel extruded cereal-soy blends for infant, young children and adult nutrition. Principal Investigator: Alavi, S. Duration: 3/1/11 - 2/29/12

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS INTERNATIONAL INCENTIVE GRANT 2010. $2,000.

Support for meeting with new partner university in India – Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Principal Investigator: Alavi, S. Duration: 9/15/10 - 1/31/11

K-STATE SOUTH ASIA PROJECT MINI GRANT 2010. $3,000.

Study abroad class to India as part of South Asia curriculum. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S. Duration: 3/15/10 - 9/15/10.

KANSAS SOYBEAN COMMISSION 2010. $36,970.

Novel soy-based savory snacks using extrusion processing. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Adhikari, K., and Tang, X. Duration: 7/1/10 - 6/30/11.

K-STATE CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY 2009. $13,000.

Novel thermo-mechanical pre-treatment and downstream technologies for efficient ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass. Principal Investigator: Alavi, S. Duration: 8/1/09 - 7/31/10.

KANSAS SOYBEAN COMMISSION FY10. $35,530.

Premium texturized soybean protein by extrusion processing - product quality from different formulations and processing parameters. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., and Cheng, E. Duration: 7/1/09 - 6/30/10

KSU ENGAGEMENT INCENTIVE GRANT 2008. $11,200.

Development and promotion of healthy snack products for school children. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Koushik Adhikari, Tanadalayo Kidd and Nancy Muturi. Duration: 1/15/09 - 1/14/11.

KSU FACULTY-LED STUDY ABROAD INCENTIVE GRANT INITIATIVE 2008. $6,000.

Agriculture and Food Processing in North India. A three-credit study abroad course in Summer 2010. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Hulya Dogan.

GREAT PLAINS SORGHUM IMPROVEMENT AND UTILIZATION CENTER 2008. $ 23,840.

New uses for sorghum in food and non-food applications using extrusion processing. Principal Investigator: Sajid Alavi. Duration: 8/1/08 - 7/31/09.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2008. $498,130.

Development of cross-linked bio-nanocomposite packaging films with enhanced barrier and mechanical properties. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Qixin Zhong (U of Tennessee), K.P. Sandeep (NC State) and Xiaozhi Tang. Duration: 09/01/2008 – 08/31/2011.

KANSAS SOYBEAN COMMISSION FY09. $35,730.

Bioenergy from soybean hulls - efficiency and economics of different pretreatment processes. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Buddhi Lamsal, Vincent Amanor-Boadu and Ron Madl. Duration: 7/1/08 - 6/30/09

PEPSICO, INC. 2008. $37,880.

Lab-scale extrusion studies for optimization and production of sea plant – based extruded snacks. Principal Investigator: Sajid Alavi. Duration: 04/16/08 - 12/15/08.

USDA-FAS AGRICULTURAL KNOWLEDGE INITIATIVE (AKI) PROGRAM ON EXTRUSION TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATIONS WITH INDIA 2007. $50,000.

Novel whey protein and fruit-based expanded snacks using extrusion processing. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Syed Rizvi (Cornell University). Duration: 01/01/08 – 12/31/07.

USDA-FAS NORMAN E. BORLAUG INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FELLOW PROGRAM 2007. $44,946.

Novel Fruit and Vegetable-Based Expanded Snacks Using Extrusion Processing. Principal Investigator: Sajid Alavi. Duration: 10/01/07 - 09/30/08.

FRITOLAY, INC.. 2007. $32,000.

Effect of fruit/vegetable powders on physico-chemical properties of starch based matrices. Principal Investigator: Sajid Alavi, Yomgcheng Shi and Hulya Dogan. Duration: 08/01/07 - 10/31/07.

GREAT PLAINS SORGHUM IMPROVEMENT AND UTILIZATION CENTER FY08. $23,090.

New uses for sorghum in food and non food applications using extrusion processing. Principal Investigator: Sajid Alavi. Duration: 7/1/07 - 6/30/08.

KANSAS SOYBEAN COMMISSION FY08. $34,215.

Investigation of soybean hull as a value-added feedstock for bioenergy and biomaterials. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Buddhi Lamsal, Ron Madl, Jon Faubion and Virgil Smail. Duration: 7/1/07 - 6/30/08.

KANSAS WHEAT COMMISSION FY08. $36,823.

Investigation of wheat cellulosic material as feedstock for bioenergy and biomaterials. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Buddhi Lamsal, Ron Madl and Jon Faubion. Duration: 7/1/07 - 6/30/08.

GREAT PLAINS SORGHUM IMPROVEMENT AND UTILIZATION CENTER FY07. $23,090.

Interaction between food additives and sorghum grain composition on quality of sorghum food products. Principal Investigator: Sajid Alavi.Duration: 7/1/06 - 6/30/07.

KANSAS WHEAT COMMISSION FY06. $28,836.

Wheat-Based Pre-Cooked Flours Using Low Shear Twin-Screw Extrusion Processing. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Tom Herald and Ron Madl. Duration: 7/1/05 - 6/30/06.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2003. $249,000.

Phase transition analysis and non-invasive imaging for understanding microstructure formation in biopolymeric foams. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Susan Sun, Syed Rizvi (Cornell University). Duration: 9/1/03 – 8/31/06.

THE ANDERSONS RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM (NC-213) 2003. $ 40,000.

Development and implementation of a thermal death kinetic model for management of Indian Meal Moth and Red Flour Beetle in food processing environments. Principal Investigators: Bhadriraju Subramanyam, Sajid Alavi and Fangneng Huang. Duration: 2 years.

MIDWEST ADVANCED FOOD MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE, USDA 2003. $33,000.

Suitability of maize and sorghum for dry milling and extrusion processing. Principal Investigators: Tim Herrman, Sajid Alavi and Kyung-Min Lee. Duration: 1 year.

AGRICHEM, INC. 2004. $20,000.

Use of online moisture sensors to improve process control in extrusion and study aging of starch-based extrudates during drying and storage. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Keith Behnke. Duration: 1 year.

AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENTAL STATION, KSU 2004. $27,000.

Differential scanning calorimeter instrumentation grant. Principal Investigator: Sajid Alavi.

KELLOGGS COMPANY. 2004. $2,628.

Use of phase transition analysis as a rapid evaluation tool for processability of cereal-based biopolymeric raw materials. Principal Investigator: Sajid Alavi. Duration: 6 months.

In-Kind Grants or Donations for Research Activities

SAFEWAY, INC. 2004. Estimated Value: $20,000.

Supercritical fat extractor.

WENGER MANUFACTURING, INC. 2004. Estimated Value: $20,000.

Phase transition analyzer.

Grants and Contracts Actively Participated In and Funded

USDA FAS MICRONUTRIENT FORTIFIED FOOD AID PROJECT PILOT (MFFAPP) SUBCONTRACT. 2011. $100,000 (KSU budget).

Enhancing food aid programs by optimizing Ultra Rice. Principal Investigator: PATH, Seattle, WA. Duration: 3/01/12 - 7/30/12.

U.S. DEPT. OF EDUCATION. TITLE VI. UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM. 2009. $177,000.

The South Asia Project. Principal Investigators:Michie, B. H. and Shaw, B.A. Duration: 9/1/2009-8/31/2011.

USDA SBIR GRANT 2004.

Novel sorbents based on nanoactive materials and starches for adsorption of toxic agents. Principal Investigator: Nanoscale, Inc. Duration: 6 months.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2004.

B-glucan mediated impacts of genotype and processing on oat nutritional and sensory function. Prinicipal Investigator: Pamela J. White (Iowa State), Co- Principal Investigator: J. Jannink (Iowa State). Duration: 3 years.

Grants and Contracts Applied For But Not Funded:

KANSAS GRAIN SORGHUM COMMISSION 2011. $38,300.

Food and non-food applications for sorghum protein concentrates produced by a novel extrusion-enzyme liquefaction process. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Sun, X.S., and Wang, D. Duration: 10/1/11 - 9/30/12.

KANSAS SOYBEAN COMMISSION 2010. $36,870.

Novel extruded cereal-soy blends for infant, young children and adult nutrition. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Plattner, B., Adhikari, K., and Maichel, E. Duration: 7/1/11 - 6/30/12.

DAIRY MANAGEMENT INC. 2010. $97,961.

Novel extruded snacks containing texturized milk proteins. Principal Investigators: Schmidt, K., Adhikari, K., and Alavi, S. Duration: 1/1/11 - 12/31/12.

USDA-AFRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2010. $499,055.

Novel extrusion-enzyme liquefaction process for concentration and modification of sorghum proteins for utilization in gluten-free foods. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Dogan, H., Zhong, Q., Tang, X., and De Mesa-Stonstreet, N.J. Duration: 11/1/10 - 10/31/13.

USDA FOOD AID NUTRITION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (FANEP). 2010. $2,088,308.

Development and field testing of a novel, pre-cooked, high protein lentil analog product for food aid. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Lilja, N., Adhikari, K., Frey, D., Huber, G., and Spangler, C. Duration: 11/1/10 - 10/31/13.

KANSAS GRAIN SORGHUM COMMISSION 2010. $37,500.

Utilization of sorghum distillers grain in aquatic animal feed. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Maichel, E., McKinney, and Davis, D.A. Duration: 7/1/10 - 6/30/11.

KANSAS WHEAT COMMISSION 2009. $37,570.

Improving functionality of wheat bran by extrusion processing. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Tang, X., and Miller, R. Duration: 7/1/10 - 6/30/11.

KANSAS CORN COMMISSION 2009. $36,910.

Utilization of various corn by-products in high-fiber pet food. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Aldrich, G., and Maichel, E. Duration: 7/1/10 - 6/30/11.

USDA-AFRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2009. $1,199,574.

Fighting childhood obesity through engagement with school children and food processors on healthy snacks choices. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Kidd, T., Adhikari, K., Haub, M., Muturi, N., and Karkle, E. Duration: 11/01/2009 to 10/31/2013.

USDA-AFRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2009. $499,163.

Novel thermo-mechanical pre-treatment and downstream technologies for efficient ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Vadlani, P., Lamsal, B. (Iowa State), and Yoo, J. Duration: 11/01/2009 to 10/31/2012.

K-STATE CENTER FOR SORGHUM IMPROVEMENT 2009. $35,003.

Sorghum protein modification for improved human nutrition. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., and de Mesa-Stonestreet, J. Duration: 07/01/09 to 06/30/10. Not funded.

NSF PARTNERSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION (PIRE) PROGRAM 2009. $1,591,500.

PIRE U.S.-India partnership for fundamental engineering and biochemistry research towards efficient lignocellulosic ethanol pathways. Concept Paper. Principal Investigators: Alavi, S., Vadlani, P., Lamsal, B., and Madl, R. Duration: 10/01/09 to 9/30/13. Not accepted.

NORTH CENTRAL REGION SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION (NCR-SARE) PROGRAM 2009. $10,000.

Efficiency and economics of lignocellulosic ethanol production from agricultural residues using novel thermomechanical pretreatment. Principal Investigators: Yoo, J., and Alavi, S. Duration: 09/01/09 to 12/31/10. Not funded.

KANSAS CORN COMMISSION 2008. $35,730.

Feed pellets from distillers’ wet grains with solubles (DWGS) by extrusion processing. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Michael Cheng. Duration: 7/1/09 - 6/30/10.

KSU TARGETED EXCELLENCE PROGRAM. $494,000.

The South Asia Project - Building excellence with faculty, student, curriculum and outreach development. Principal Investigators: Barry H. Michie, Sajid Alavi, Robert Corum, Sanjoy Das, Roman Ganta, Jana M. Hawley, Swinder Janda, Aruna Nayyar Michie, Bimal Kanti Paul, Bradley A. Shaw and Daryl Youngman. Duration: 4 years.

KSU CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY 2008. $9,585.

Ethanol from Lignocellulosic Biomass – Efficiency and Economics of Different Pretreatment Processes. Principal Investigator: Sajid Alavi. Duration: 1 year.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 2008. $1,227,450.

Novel integrated pretreatment processes for efficient bio-fuel production. Principal Investigators: Scott Staggenborg, Sajid Alavi, Donghai Wang, Wenqiao Yuan, Praveen Vadlani, John Schlup and Ron Madl. Duration: 3 years.

NINE SIGMA 2008. $80,700.

Use of extrusion processing to encapsulate organic crystal particles into starch-based matrix. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Michael Cheng. Duration: 9 months. Not funded.

NINE SIGMA 2008. $ 64, 640.

Novel Fiber Technologies for Food. Use of extrusion pre-cooking to improve functional properties of wheat bran. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Michael Cheng. Duration: 6 months.

UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD 2008. $40,000.

Use of extrusion for production of quality floating fish feed with high levels of soybean meal. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Allen Davis. Duration: 1 year.

KSU ENGAGEMENT INCENTIVE GRANT 2008. $19,968.

Processing and sensory appeal of nutritive snacks, and their consumption by school children. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Koushik Adhikari and Mark Haub. Duration: 2 years.

KANSAS CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION 2008. $ 10,362.

A rapid method for evaluation of end-use properties of cereal grain varieties for food and feed applications. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Michael Cheng. Duration: 1 year.

GOVT. OF INDIA, DEPT. OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 2008. $13,500.

Collaborative Project with Scientists & Technologists of Indian Origin Abroad (CPSTIO) Program. Nutritionally designed extruded products. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Shashi Jain (Maharana Pratap Univ. of Agri. and Technol.) and Kavita Waghray (Osmania Univ.). Duration: 3 years..

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2008. $488,171.

Co-Processing of soy protein and starch to produce new functional food ingredients and extruded food products. Principal Investigators: Yong-Cheng Shi, Sajid Alavi, Paul Seib, Dave Wetzel, Finlay MacRitchie and Russ Egbert (ADM). Duration: 3 years.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TITLE VI UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM 2008. $179,783.

South Asia project at Kansas State University. Principal Investigators: Barry Michie, Sajid Alavi, Bimal Paul, Bradley Shaw, Swinder Janda, Daryl Youngman, Jana Hawley, Sanjoy Das, Robert Corum and Aruna Michie. Duration: 7/1/08 - 6/30/10.

STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL AGRI-FOOD MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (STAMP) 2008. $417,290.

Entrepreneurial approach to sustained agriculture-led economic development. Principal Investigators: Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Bhadriraju Subramanyam, Sajid Alavi and Olusegun Yerokun. Duration: 4/1/08 - 9/30/10.

NINE SIGMA GRANT 2007. $100,000.

Masking and enteric delivery of lipid food material. Use of extrusion processing to microencapsulate an oil material into porous starch matrix. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Enzhi Cheng. Duration: 1/1/08 - 03/31/08.

KANSAS GRAIN SORGHUM COMMISSION 2008.

Improvement in sorghum-based foods by enhancing protein functionality. $ 35,070. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Buddhi Lamsal. Duration: 7/1/08 - 6/30/09.

KANSAS WHEAT COMMISSION 2008. $35,730.

Bioenergy from wheat bran – efficiency and economics of different pretreatment processes. Principal Investigators: Buddhi P. Lamsal, Sajid Alavi, Vincent Amanor-Boadu and Ron Madl. Duration: 7/1/08 - 6/30/09.

KANSAS WHEAT COMMISSION 2008. $ 35,070.

Wheat bran in high-fiber baked products – improvement of functional properties by extrusion pre-cooking. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Jon Faubion, Koushik Adhikari. Duration: 7/1/08 - 6/30/09.

KANSAS CORN COMMISSION 2008. $33,575.

Development and evaluation of an extruded cornmeal-based insecticide bait for management of stored-product insects. Principal Investigators: Bhadriraju Subramanyam and Sajid Alavi. Duration: 7/1/08 - 6/30/09.

KANSAS CORN COMMISSION 2008. $34,980.

Nutritious, high-fiber extruded cornmeal snacks containing fruit and vegetable powders. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Koushik Adhikari and Mark Haub. Duration: 7/1/08 - 6/30/09.

NINE SIGMA GRANT 2007. $49,640.

Use of extrusion pre-cooking to improve functional properties of wheat bran used in English muffin. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Jon Faubion. Duration: 11/1/07 - 01/24/08.

INTSORMIL 2007. $348,500.

Sorghum production, processing and marketing as poverty alleviation and wealth creation strategies in northern Ghana. Principal Investigators: Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Sajid Alavi, Fadi Aramouni, Tom Herald and Saa Dittoh (University of Ibadan, Ghana). Duration: 4 years.

KSU AES MINI-GRANT 2007. $60,000.

Unleashing the nutritional and functional power of sorghum proteins: novel foods from sorghum flour utilizing enzymatic modification and extrusion processing. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Buddhi Lamsal. Duration: 1 year.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2007. $488,171.

Co-extrusion of soy protein and starch to produce new functional food ingredients and extruded food products. Principal Investigators: Yong-Cheng Shi, Sajid Alavi, Paul Seib, Dave Wetzel and Finlay MacRitchie. Duration: 3 years.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2007. $483,374.

Development and testing of bio-nanocomposite packaging films with enhanced barrier and mechanical properties. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, K. P. Sandeep (North Carolina State University) and Qixin Zhong (University of Tennessee). Duration: 3 years.

KANSAS WHEAT COMMISSION 2007. $33,740.

Preparation and functional properties of wheat bran protein isolates and hydrolysates. Principal Investigators: Jon Faubion, Buddhi Lamsal and Sajid Alavi. Duration: 1 year.

KANSAS WHEAT COMMISSION 2007. $38,523.

Processing of waxy wheat and its components for enhanced functionality and novel applications. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Buddhi Lamsal and Ron Madl. Duration: 1 year.

KANSAS SOYBEAN COMMISSION 2007. $37,433.

Co-processing of soy protein and starch to produce new functional food ingredients and extruded food products. Principal Investigators: Yong-Cheng Shi, Sajid Alavi, Paul Seib and Finlay MacRitchie. Duration: 1 year.

KANSAS CORN COMMISSION 2007. $37,123.

Enhancing value of distillers grain by extrusion, enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Buddhi Lamsal, Ron Madl and Virgil Smail. Duration: 1 year.

KANSAS GRAIN SORGHUM COMMISSION 2007. $32,072.

Enzymatic treatment of sorghum flour to enhance functional properties for food applications. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Buddhi Lamsal. Duration: 1 year.

KANSAS GRAIN SORGHUM COMMISSION 2007. $35,824.

Investigation of sorghum stover as feedstock for bioenergy and biomaterials. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Buddhi Lamsal, Ron Madl and Jon Faubion. Duration: 1 year.

CAPPS GRANT 2007. $9,424.

Development of biodegradable packaging using starch-nanocomposite based films. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and K.P. Sandeep (North Carolina State University). Duration: 1 year.

UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD 2007. $49,952.

Improving the mechanical and barrier properties of biodegradable soy protein films using nanoclays. Principal Investigators: Hulya Dogan and Sajid Alavi. Duration: 1 year.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2006.

The use of ultrasound (sonication) to disrupt protein bodies and improve the functional properties of sorghum flour. Principal Investigators: Harmit Singh (California State University), Sajid Alavi, Scott Bean and Enzhi Cheng. Duration: 3 years. (Resubmission)

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2006. $469,217.

X-ray microtomography and mechanical-acoustic signal techniques for studying texture of cellular foods. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Delores Chambers, Tom Pearson and Enzhi Cheng. Duration: 3 years.

FRITO-LAY COMPETITIVE GRANT 2005. $52,000.

Extrusion processing for corn masa production. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Enzhi Cheng. Duration: 6 months.

NINE SIGMA GRANT 2005. $11, 520 (K-State Budget).

Promotion of resistant starch (RS) formation in extruded oat cereal products. Principal Investigators: Pamela White (Iowa State University), Sajid Alavi, Sedat Sayar and Ni Yao.

MIDWEST ADVANCED FOOD MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE, USDA 2005. $33,850.

Wheat-based pre-cooked flours using low shear twin-screw extrusion processing. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Tom Herald and Ron Madl. Duration: 1 year.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2005. $493,897.

The use of extrusion and ultrasound (sonication) to disrupt sorghum protein bodies and improve the functional properties of sorghum flour. Principal Investigators: Harmit Singh (California State University), Sajid Alavi, Scott Bean and Enzhi Cheng. Duration: 3 years.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2005. $454,327.

Understanding sensory perception of starch-based food foams using non-invasive imaging, mechanical-acoustic analyses and ageing studies. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Finlay MacRitchie, Tom Pearson and Enzhi Cheng. Duration: 3 years.

USDA-FAS NATIONAL NEEDS GRADUATE AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 2005. $119,172.

Development of nutritionally complete, multi-ingredient extruded pellets for instant rice, breakfast cereal and bread-baking applications. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Chuck Walker. Duration: 3 years.

KANSAS CORN COMMISION 2005. $60,736.

Encapsulation of the organic pesticide spinosad with corn starch using extrusion technology. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi and Bhadriraju Subramanyam. Duration: 1 year.

KANSAS WHEAT COMMISION 2004. $32,135.

Production of commercial quality pregelatinized wheat starches using extrusion processing. Principal Investigators: Sajid Alavi, Tom Herald and Ron Madl. Duration: 1 year.

NATIONAL AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION 2004. $534,677.

Extruded rodent food bar. Principal Investigators: Kansas State (Sajid Alavi, Keith Behnke, Susan Sun and Fadi Aramouni) and American Institute of Baking. Duration: 2 years.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2004. $474,291.

Micro-structural characterization and end-use performance of corn and sorghum hybrids during extrusion. Principal Investigators: Tim Herrman and Sajid Alavi. Duration: 3 years.

MIDWEST ADVANCED FOOD MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE, USDA 2004.

An extended study of maize endosperm texture related to dry milling and extrusion processing. Principal Investigators: Tim Herrman, Sajid Alavi and Kyung-Min Lee. Duration: 1 year.

KANSAS WHEAT COMMISION 2003. $45,881.

Development of water-resistant biodegradable packaging foams. Principal Investigator: Sajid Alavi. Duration: 1 year.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2003. $285,442.

Functional properties of sorghum and maize hardness. Principal Investigators: Tim Herrman and Sajid Alavi. Duration: 2 years.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2003. $204,669.

Management of two economically important moth pests with alternatives to conventional pesticides in post harvest ecosystems. Principal Investigators: Bhadriraju Subramanyam, Sajid Alavi and Fangneng Huang. Duration: 2 years.

USDA-NRI COMPETITIVE GRANT 2003. $140,067.

Development of a thermal death kinetic model for management of stored-product insects associated with food-processing facilities. Principal Investigators: Bhadriraju Subramanyam, Sajid Alavi and Fangneng Huang. Duration: 3 years