Instructor/IGP Outreach Specialist
Manhattan, KS 66506
Area(s) of Specialization
Grain quality, storage and processing and feed manufacturing engineering. Spanish language technical support.
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B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Costa Rica, 2000
M.S. Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Universityh of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
Ph.D. Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 2013
Carlos is a faculty member of the Department of Grain Science and Industry that works at the International Grains Program Institute (IGP) as an outreach specialist and instructor focusing in the areas of grain storage, quality and processing, U.S. grain grading and export systems, and feed manufacturing. He serves as the coordinator for the Spanish-Speaking Outreach program and main contact with the Latin American grain industry. He also collaborates in research and extension at the Stored Product Protection Research group and Feed Technology group of the Department of Grain Science and Industry, and serves as the Extension Leader for the department.
He is involved in international developing projects as part of the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium of the USAID Feed the Future Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab as country coordinator in Ethiopia and postharvest expert throughout the project. He is part of the USAID Feed the Future Reduction of Postharvest Losses Innovation Lab as country coordinator in Guatemala, collaborator in Honduras , and postharvest technical expert. Also, he is part of the USDA funded AMPLIFIES ASA/WISHH project working as technical expert in feed manufacturing and grain storage in Ghana.
Carlos obtained his doctoral degree in 2013 in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. His research topic is focused on non-chemical alternatives for stored product protection. At Purdue University, he was part of the Post-Harvest Education and Research Center (PHERC) where he participated in several post-harvest and grain drying projects and extension work.
During his master's degree at UIUC, his research topics were related to the value-added of co-products from corn milling processes and high-temperature dryer for small-scale frying of maize hybrids. His professional experience includes working as a project and maintenance engineer in the feed manufacturing industry and animal production.
Carlos has traveled throughout Latin America, North Africa, Asia, and Europe as a technical consultant, translator, and speaker in several short courses and seminars in the areas of grain storage and feed manufacturing. He has also presented his research at several scientific and professional conferences, and in scientific journals.