Suranjan Panigrahi

 Suranjan Panigrahi




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Doctor of Philosophy, Iowa State University, Ames.1992.
Major: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Minor: Electrical & Computer Engineering

Master of Business Administration, North Dakota State University, Fargo. 2012.
Master of Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand: 1986.

Bachelor of Engineering, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, India.1983.
Major: Agricultural Engineering (1st Rank: University Gold medalist) 

Research Areas

Intelligent decison support systems using artificial intelligent techniques including machine learning Innovative products/processes for social challenges in low resource settings via interdisciplinary team approach Smart sensors/sensing systems for automation, quality control, detection and diagnosis applications 

Notable Awards

Invited External Examiner, Ph.D. Committee, IIT Kharagpur, 2017.

Invited Reviewer, Promotion of Professor, University of Arkansas, 2016.

Invited speaker, Sustainable food supply chain workshop, Princeton University, 2015.

Researcher of the Year, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. Purdue University. 2013.

Invited Speaker. Nanotechnology in Food and Agriculture, Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit. 2013.

Faculty Entrepreneurship Academy Leadership Fellow, Purdue University, Fall 2010.

Invited Speaker in the International Annual meeting of American Association of Cereal Chemists, Honolulu, HI. 2008.

Invited seminar speaker. Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A & M University, College Station. TX. 2008 .

Invited external peer reviewer for a faculty for tenure at Iowa State University, Ames, IA. (Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine), 2007.

Chair, Conference Organizing Committee, International Conference on Biological Sensorics held in June 2007, Minneapolis.

Invited Member of Editorial Board, Sensing and Instrumentation for Food Quality and Safety Journal, 2007, Springer, New York.

Invited external reviewer for a faculty (for promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor) in the Department of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004.

Invited external Ph.D. examiner, Dept. of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Univ. of Manitoba, Canada. 2002.

Invited speaker, Physics Department, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. The presentation topic was “Emerging technologies for Bioscience research & development at universities”. 2002.
Was selected as a Peer review Teaching Fellow, NDSU 2002-2003

Second co-author. ASAE IET Division Superior Paper Award. 2003.(directed research).

Academic advisor of three Ph.D. graduate students who won the Best Graduate Researcher Awards in the College of Engineering and Architecture, 2001-2004.

ESCOP/ACOP leadership development program graduate, 2000.

Competent Leader, Toastmasters International, 2000.

Was invited as an external reviewer to review research program on sensors/decisions support system of University Research Consortium at the Idaho National Engineering Lab, Idaho. Moscow. 1999.

Advanced Toastmasters Bronze. Toastmasters International, 1998.

Awarded, Researcher of the Year, College of Engineering & Architecture. 1997-1998.

Guest Editor. “AI Applications in Biology and Agriculture” A special issue of the international refereed journal “AI Review”. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1997.

Associate Editor, ASAE/Food Processing & Engineering Institute. 1998- 2002.

Associate Editor, Information and Emerging Technology Division of ASABE, 2000 – 2009.

Was invited by sunflower research team to present a research seminar on non-destructive sensing techniques for determining fatty acid profile of confection sunflower, November, 1997. NDSU. Fargo.

Was invited to present a research presentation on computer vision in the Graduate Seminar class in the Department of Industrial Engineering, NDSU. November 1997.

Host of 7 visiting faculty/scientists from China, Poland, Korea and India.

Served as a judge in reviewing selected refereed articles published in the Transactions of the ASAE for FPEI/ASAE award. 1993. (FPEI/ASAE award is prestigious award given to the individual (s) for outstanding research work as evidenced by the refereed publication).

International Who’s Who of Professionals. 1997. Jacksonville, NC.

Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. 1997. New Providence, NJ.

Panel member. 12th Annual Winter Conference on Sustainable Agriculture Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society. Jan 31. 1993. Jamestown. ND.

Was invited by NSF (Bioengineering Program) to participate in one-day Food Engineering Workshop in Washington, D.C. for determining future research directions of Food Engineering Program. I represented the sensors, rapid monitoring, and automation and control aspects of the program. 1996.

Director, Human Relations, Government of the Student Body, Iowa State University, 1990.

President, Seed Science Club, Iowa State University, 1990 -91.

Member, Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary Society for Agricultural Sciences, 1989 - present.

Member, Alpha Epsilon Honor Society for Agricultural Engineering, 1991 – present.

Recipient of Royal Norwegian Govt. Scholarship (January 1985 through August 1986) to continue Masters program at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.

Gold Medal, Best Agricultural Engineering Graduate, College of Agricultural Engineering, Orissa, India, 1983.

National Scholarship from Govt. of India, 1977 - 83.
N. Satpathy Memorial Award for Academic Excellence, 1977. 


Dr. Suranjan Panigrahi, a professor in the department of Electrical and computer Engineering Technology, has 28 years of comprehensive experience in research, teaching, administration, and outreach. Dr. Panigrahi ‘s research focuses on the development of smart and intelligent system to prevent, detect and manage critical (safety,and wellness) issues in biological systems. He adopts a systems-based approach to develop novel sensor and sensing technology-based smart solutions real world applications. He has cross-disciplinary training and expertise in engineering, biological systems, sensors, electronics, information technologies and management (MBA).

He has successfully innovated multiple technologies for agricultural/ biological food applications. He is the lead inventor of 3 approved U.S. patents (related to field scale quality sensors). He is the author/co-authors of more than 180 technical papers, publications, book chapters including patents and software. His papers and scholarly contributions have 2250 citations with the h-index of 24 and the i10- index of 40. He and his research group were one of the early pioneers (from early 1990) in developing and adapting different forms of artificial intelligent tools and techniques (including expert system, machine learning or artificial neural network, computer vision and other intelligent tools) for a variety of agricultural, food and biological applications. He was the founder/director of an interdisciplinary research center “Bio-imaging and Sensing center” at North Dakota State University for 9 years. In mid-1990’s, Dr. Panigrahi created new field-scale non-destructive sensors to determine the quality of selected agricultural products (protein content of wheat, sugar content of sugar beets) during harvesting. This work resulted in three approved (U.S.A.) patents for Dr. Panigrahi (as the lead inventor) and his colleagues. The developed methods can be modified for sensing other quality parameters. These patents, first of its kind, were more than 15 years ahead of its time. Today, the developed technologies are a part of the sought-after solutions for the digital agriculture revolution. 

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