My Research Philosophy

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My research philosophy is driven by informed inquiry to search for answers to questions that can enrich understanding and benefit society. I believe in integrating fundamentals from science with engineering principles in searching for practical answers. This theoretical and empirical approach guides my own research. My current research at Purdue University is focused on the handling issues faced by the corn ethanol industry and specifically on studying the caking behavior of corn distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). I am using basic and applied research principles to investigate the conditions at which this granular bulk product cakes. Results from this study will be used to develop a quality control management system for DDGS during production and transportation. A model that I developed, to predict the moisture sorption of behavior from the DDGS chemical composition[ ], can be coupled with a near infra-red (NIR) instrument, that is commonly used by the corn ethanol industry for quantifying the chemical composition. My active involvement with a team of researchers who studied the effect of process variables during drying on the physical and chemical variability in DDGS at a commercial corn ethanol plant, gave me valuable insights on validating a hypothesis at an industrial scale. Before coming to Purdue, I worked as a Scientist (specialization: Agricultural Structures and Process Engineering) at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Abohar, Punjab, a premier national research laboratory of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, for six years. I was actively involved in research, teaching and extension activities related to nondestructive quality evaluation methods (visual spec... ... middle of paper ... ...king research collaborations with other K-State Departments and scientists from the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (USDA). I will actively pursue coalitions that lead to research support and technology transfer with industries like Buhler Inc., Bunge Milling, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM); Associations like the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM), North American Millers Association (NAMA), Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS), American Feed Industry Association (AFIA); Kansas State Commissions for Wheat, Soybean, Sorghum and Corn; and Kansas Bioscience Authority. The National Science Foundation (NSF), USDA, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and International Fine Particle Research Institute (IFPRI) are some of the other potential funding agencies which, I believe, can be sources of support for my research program.
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