Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
Raj Raman is Professor and Associate Chair for Teaching in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) Department at Iowa State University, where he is also University Education Program Director and Testbed Champion for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC), Director of Graduate Education for the Interdepartmental Graduate Minor in Biorenewable Chemicals, and Education Programs Co-Leader for the USDA-AFRI project CenUSA Sustainable Production and Distribution of Biofuels for the Central USA. He is a licensed Professional Engineer who earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University. Prior to coming to Iowa State in 2006 he was on the faculty of the University of Tennessee for over twelve years.
Raman enjoys teaching and has taught courses including freshmen engineering (mechanics and computer programming), sophomore and junior level courses on mass and energy balance approaches to biological systems engineering, electric power and electronics for technology students, senior design, as well as graduate courses the fundamentals of biorenewable resources and technology. He has received departmental, college, and national teaching honors including the Farrall Young Educator Award given by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. His graduate students have gone on to faculty positions at Purdue and the University of Georgia, and to engineering leadership positions at companies ranging including Cargill, Nestle, and Merck.
Raman chairs the ABE Engineering Curriculum Committee and in that role oversaw the 2012 ABET accreditation visit for both the Agricultural Engineering (AE) and Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) degree programs. Upon arriving at ISU in 2006, he led the development of the BSE program, and this program now enrolls over 80 students. Raman also runs multiple summer research internship programs through his roles in CBiRC and CenUSA. In his role as Pyrone Testbed Champion for CBiRC, Raman and his students are developing early-stage techno-economic models of bioprocessing systems.