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Grain Science and Industry

Alavi, Sajid

Alavi, Sajid Professor

Waters Hall 51
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-7010 fax

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Area(s) of Specialization

Food engineering, extrusion processing of food and feed, rheology, food microstructure imaging and structure texture relationships

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B.S. Agricultural Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Indian, 1995
M.S. Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 1997
Ph.D. Food Science/Food Engineering Minors: Chem. Eng.; Operations Research & Industrial Eng., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2001

Bio Brief

Sajid Alavi received his B.S. in "Agricultural Engineering" from "Indian Institute of Technology", India in 1995, M.S. in "Agricultural and Biological Engineering" from Pennsylvania State University, PA in 1997 and Ph.D. in “Food Science/Food Engineering" from "Cornell University", Ithaca, NY in 2001. He joined the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University in 2002.

Dr. Alavi's research interests lie in food engineering and more specifically in the areas of extrusion processing of food and feed materials, rheology, food microstructure imaging, and structure - texture relationships.

Dr. Alavi's teaching interests include graduate and undergraduate level courses in Extrusion Processing. These include a senior level course in 'Extrusion processing in food & feed industries in the Fall and a graduate level course 'Advanced extrusion processing' every other Fall. He is also the instructor for an undergraduate level course in food engineering, 'Introduction to food engineering' in the Spring.

His current research projects include -"non-invasive imaging of food microstructure"; "phase transition analysis and structure formation in bio-polymeric foams produced by extrusion processing", "starch-based bio-degradable packaging foams" and "floating & sinking aquatic feed using extrusion processing".

The Extrusion Center, which is under his supervision, provides services to the industry for pilot scale trial runs for various products and caters to the needs of research and course-related runs.