Cisco Agri Challenge Faculty Experts


Dr. Ileleji has been with Purdue University as a Professor and Extension Engineer in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering school since 2001. His research focus and interest at Purdue University are in the areas of grain & crop post-harvest technology, powder technology and biomass feedstock systems engineering. He teaches Biomass Feedstock Systems Engineering and Electric Power and Controls (ASM42000). Dr. Ileleji also leads both the renewable energy and grain post-harvest extension efforts at Purdue and has conducted extensive research on the storage and handling of distiller’s grains. He is a 27-year member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), and a 14-year member of the Grain Elevators and Processing Society (GEAPS). He has extensive international experience in Africa, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, China and Central Asia.

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Dr. D. Marshall Porterfield is a Professor of Biological Engineering at Purdue, where his research focuses on biosensors, bionanotechnology, and space biology. Over the last 25 years he has worked experimentally to study biological systems in the spaceflight environment for development of biomedical countermeasures and bioregenerative life support technologies. He recently served NASA as Division Director for Space Life and Physical Sciences from 2012-2016 (Human Research, Physical Sciences, and Space Biology Programs), focused on science for future human exploration using the International Space Station. During his tenure at NASA he developed a new “open science” paradigm (geneLAB, materialsLAB) for the utilization of the ISS. He has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, as well as numerous technical publications, patents, and book chapters. National leadership includes service as President of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, and the Institute for Biological Engineering. He has received numerous awards including the Halstead Investigator Award, the Purdue University Faculty Scholar Award, and was elected to the College of Fellows for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.


Dr. Dharmendra Saraswat is an associate professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at Purdue University. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Allahabad; a master’s degree in agricultural engineering from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and a Ph.D. degree in food, agricultural and biological Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Saraswat’s research focus is on using information, communication and sensing technologies (ICSTs) for addressing challenges in plant production (field and nursery crops) and management of natural resources. He accomplishes research goals through innovative application of ICSTs and multi-disciplinary collaborations with colleagues within and outside Purdue University.

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