Grain Science and Industry
Kansas State University
201 Shellenberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506


Maier, Dirk

Maier, Dirk Department Head, Director, International Grains Program

SH 201
Manhattan, KS 66506

Area(s) of Specialization

Grain quality and stored product protection engineering, mathematical modeling of stored grain ecosystems, structural fumigation and process operations

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B.S. Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, 1987
M.S. Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, 1988
Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, 1992

Bio Brief

Dirk E. Maier is Professor and Head of the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University where he is responsible for leading the department's teaching, research and outreach programs. He serves as the Director of K-State's International Grains Program Institute which aims to educate foreign business leaders, industry professionals and government officials about U.S. grains and oilseeds through technical training and assistance programs in storage, handling, milling, marketing and processing. He is the lead PI and Co-Director of the newly established USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss.  He also serves as the Director of the GEAPS-KSU Grain Operations Distance Education and Credentialing Program which provides continuing education to grain industry professionals around the world.

Dr. Maier is a registered professional engineer, and a member and officer of several academic, professional and scholarly societies. He has served on two EPA FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panels related to the assessment of genetically modified grains. He has traveled extensively throughout the world as a speaker and participant in many national and international industry meetings and scientific conferences.

Dr. Maier's research and extension education programs focus on post-harvest engineering, stored product protection, structural fumigation, value-added processing, and quality assurance of agricultural crops and biological products. Previous to joining Kansas State University, he was Professor, Associate Head and Extension Agricultural Engineer at Purdue University (1991-2008), where he was the co-founder of the Purdue Grain Quality Team, key initiator and director of the Purdue Post-Harvest Education and Research Center, and director of the Purdue Grain Quality Laboratory. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural engineering from Michigan State University.

To find out more about Dr. Maier’s current collaborative and multidisciplinary research and outreach programs including his distance education program, visit