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Mahapatra, Ajit K.

Department: 
Agricultural Research Station
Location: 
145 (Office), 138/140 (Labs) Houston Stallworth Building
Phone: 
(478) 825-6809 (Office), 6924 (Lab)
Email: 
mahapatraa@fvsu.edu
Fax: 
478-825-6376

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
Education: 

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.

Publications: 

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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