Dr. Rangaraju Visvanathan

Born in Kottapalayam, Thiruchirappalli District of Tamil Nadu, India on 16 July 1960. Educated at RC Middle School, Kottapalayam, 1965-72; Swami Vivekanada Vidyala Higher Secondary School, Vairichettipalyam, 1973-76; Nehru Memorial College, Puthanampatti, P.U.C. 1977; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, B.E. (Ag.) and Ph.D., 1977-1982 and 1996; Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, M.Tech.,1984.

Assistant Professor, College of Agricultural Engineering, Coimbatore, 1984-1991, 1992-1997; Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kattupakkam, 1991-1992; Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute, Aduthurai, 1997-1998; Associate Professor and Professor, Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Coimbatore, 1998-2007; Head, Food Process Engineering, 2007-2012; Head, Centre for Post Harvest Technology, 2012-2014; Professor, Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute, Thiruchirappalli, 2014-2020.

Awards/Honours: Jawaharlal Nehru Award (ICAR), 1997; FAO Fellow - visiting scientist at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, 2000; USAID - ALO visiting scientist at University of California, Davis, 2005; TNAU Best Teacher Award, 2013; Bharat Ratna Dr. C. Subramaniam Award for Outstanding Teacher (ICAR), 2014; Team Award of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, New Delhi for Development of e-courses for B.Tech. Agricultural Engineering, 2017; Best Reviewer Award of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, New Delhi, 2019; ISAE Gold Medal Award of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, New Delhi, 2020 for contribution to the profession of Agricultural Engineering; Associate Editor, Agricultural Research, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.

Fellow: Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, New Delhi, 2010; Institution of Engineers (India), 2010

Research Areas: Drying, storage, waste utilisation, value addition, food safety and quality control

Address: 12/36, Sowbhagya Nagar - A Block, Civil Aerodrome P.O., Coimbatore 641014, Tamil Nadu; [Tel: Cell: 9443129711, 8940230264; Email: drrviswanathan@gmail.com; drrviswanathan@rediffmail.com]

Member Executive Council 1 Jan, 2020 to 31 Dec, 2022