Fort Valley State University  

Mahapatra, Ajit K.

Agricultural Research Station
145 (Office), 138/140 (Labs) Houston Stallworth Building
(478) 825-6809 (Office), 6924 (Lab)

Dr. Mahapatra teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the food safety, food engineering and agricultural engineering curriculum. He is co-operating editor of an international journal Agricultural Mechanization in Asia, Africa and Latin America (Japan). He has also published a book chapter. He is currently at work on a project entitled Evaluation of in-field production of ethanol from sweet sorghum

Faculty Bio

B.S., Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India (1981)
• M.S., Indian Institute of Technology, (1983);
• Ph.D., Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary (1991).
• Assistant Professor at University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia, 1993-1997.
• Assistant Professor at Botswana College of Agriculture, Gaborone, Botswana, 1997-2001.
• Research Associate at South Dakota State University, 2001-2004.
• Research Professional at Fort Valley State since 2005.


Mahapatra, A. K., Y. Lan, and D. L. Harris. 2011. Influence of moisture content and temperature on thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of rice flours. International Journal of Food Properties 14: 675-683.
Mahapatra, A. K., D. L. Harris, C. N. Nguyen, and G. Kannan. 2011. Reduction of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on beef surfaces using low-voltage direct electric current and the impact on sensory properties. Journal of Electrostatics 69: 30-35.
Mahapatra, A. K., B. L. Jones, C. N. Nguyen, and G. Kannan. 2010. Experimental determination of the electrical resistivity of beef. Agricultural Engineering International: the CIGR Journal 12 (3): 124-128.
Mahapatra, A. K., D. L. Harris, D. L. Durham, S. Lucas, T. H. Terrill, B. Kouakou, and G. Kannan. 2010. Effects of moisture change on the physical and thermal properties of Sericea Lespedeza pellets. International Agricultural Engineering Journal 19 (3): 23-29.
Mahapatra, A. K., D. L. Harris, C. N. Nguyen, and G. Kannan. 2009. Evaluation of an IUL automated colony counter. Agricultural Engineering International: the CIGR EJournal XI (1368): 1-6.
Mahapatra, A. K., K. L. Kumar, J. L. Julson, and K. Muthukumarappan. 2007. Designing a design course for agricultural engineering in Africa. International Journal of Engineering Education 23 (4): 728-734.
Mahapatra, A. K. and C. N. Nguyen. 2007. Drying of medicinal plants. Acta Hort (ISHS) 756: 47-54.
Humburg, D. S., T. J. Hansen, L. G. Schumacher, A. K. Mahapatra, G. L. Taylor, and B. T. Adams. 2006. Biodiesel use and experience among state DOT agencies. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 22 (2): 177-184.
Mahapatra, A. K., K. Muthukumarappan and J. L. Julson. 2005. Application of ozone, bacteriocins and irradiation in food processing: a review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 45: 447-461.

Research Interests: 

Food engineering and food safety.
• Properties, processing and storage of food and biomaterials.
• Biofuels, bioenergy.

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