Dr. Lakshman Velupillai
Dr. Velupillai has over twenty-five years’ experience in the field of international agricultural project design, development, and direction, including programs in Jamaica, Senegal, Mali, Liberia, Ghana, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Armenia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, and Zambia. He retired in 2012 as the Associate Vice Chancellor, International Programs, and Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Louisiana State University [LSU], and He possesses technical qualifications in mechanical engineering [BS] and agricultural engineering [MS and PhD] and is recognized internationally in the field of rice processing and grain post-harvest technology. He has authored or contributed to several books, scientific research articles and training manuals in the field of rice processing and rice hull to energy technologies. He has extensive experience in developing and conducting training programs in rice storage; drying, parboiling, milling and quality control in the US and in Iraq, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Trinidad, and Suriname; and has conducted research in crop processing at LSU. His areas of expertise include rice processing machinery evaluation, rice parboiling and drying, use of microwave energy in agricultural processing, grain quality evaluation, rice hull utilization for energy and international development work in agriculture, extension and food safety/food industry operations. He and research colleagues received a US patent #06/937,923 awarded under auspices of the LSU AgCenter, for a Process for Parboiling Rice. Dr. Velupillai has worked as a specialist in a number of countries, many of which involved country assessments related to rice processing and rice residues. These include a rice residue utilization program for TVA/USAID in 1987; a study of the market for rice husk-to-energy Systems 1997 involving assessments in China, Thailand and Italy; a study of the Vietnamese potential in 1997 traveling extensively in North and South Vietnam; an evaluation of the rice milling industry in Mali as part of a USAID funded Rice Husk Study.