Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering
225 South University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2093
Professor Stroshine’s research interests are related to physical properties of agricultural and biological materials and food products, processing of agricultural and biological materials, quality measurement, and development of sensors for quality measurement. Specific areas of focus are as follows:
* Grain drying and storage and grain quality. He has evaluated differences in quality factors among shelled corn hybrids. Factors studied include: drying rate, resistance to invasion by storage fungi, and breakage susceptibility. He is currently developing methods of measuring the storability of shelled corn. (Storability is defined as the resistance to invasion by storage fungi when conditions are conducive to fungal growth.)
* Application of low field magnetic resonance (MR) sensing in agriculture and the food processing industry. He has evaluated the use of MR sensors for measuring the moisture content of particulate and viscous foods (moistened navy beans, tomato sauce, processed cheese), and the degree of hydrogenation of soybean oil. He is currently investigating the use of a low field MR sensor for nondestructive detection of internal damage in apples and other fruits and vegetables, and for determining the quality of tomatoes for canning.
* Properties of materials used in biomedical applications. Along with Dr. Riyi Shi in Basic Medical Sciences (Purdue’s Center for Paralysis Research) and Dr. Jon Wilker in Chemistry he is investigating the use of surgical adhesives for the repair of damaged peripheral nerves. They are evaluating the performance of existing adhesives and adapting mussel adhesive protein for use as a surgical adhesive. He has also worked with Dr. Shi in evaluating the biomechanical properties of Guinea pig spinal cord as they relate to spinal cord damage. In addition, he is directing a project that is using finite element analysis to study the effects of the geometry of hip implants on the stress distribution in the bone-hip-cement composite.
Professor Stroshine teaches three courses, as follows: ABE 305 Physical Properties of Biomaterials; ASM 245 Materials Handling and Processing; and ASM 550 Grain Drying and Storage. In addition, he shares equally with Dr. Carroll the responsibility for teaching ABE 450 The Finite Element Method in Design and Optimization.
Publication reprints available upon request.