Dr. Igathinathane Cannayen
Assistant Professor & Bioprocessing Engineer
Igathinathane (Igathi) Cannayen is Assistant Professor of Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, NDSU with appointment responsibilites of 60% research and 40% extension as Biomass Process Engineer. He joined the department in October 2009. Igathi maintains offices at the NGPRL, USDA-ARS, Mandan and at the National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE) on the campus of Bismarck State College. Much of his research work will be done at NGPRL where he will work collaboratively with the USDA-ARS research scientists and he belongs to the NDSU Agroecosystems Research Group. At the NECE, he will work with faculty and students in their energy related programs.
Igathi received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Food Engineering in 1997 and M.Tech. in Post Harvest Engineering in 1991 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, and a B.E. in Agricultural Engineering in 1989 from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India. Prior to joining here, he was Assistant Professor in Agricultural Engineering with Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, India. Recently, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Mississippi State University, University of British Columbia, and the University of Tennessee with emphasis on biomass feedstock process engineering. He conducted research on integrated size reduction and separation of biomass, on field moisture relations of biomass, aboveground biomass quantification, thermal processing of biomass, image processing for size and size distribution of particulate biomass and airborne dust, and physical, hygroscopic, and mechanical properties of plant stalks and biomass pellets. Igathi's research and extension focus addresses the engineering related issues of the harvest, collection, storage, transport, and preprocessing of biomass feedstocks.