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Dev Shrestha, Ph.D.

Dev Shrestha, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Professor


Engineering Physics 421



Mailing Address

875 Perimeter Drive, MS 2060
Moscow, ID 83844-2060

  • Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering / Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2004
  • M.S., Agricultural and Food Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, 1999
  • B.S., Agricultural Engineering, Bangladesh Agricultural University, 1997

  • Environmental Life Cycle Analysis
  • Energy Engineering
  • Advanced Biofuel
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Instrumentation and Controls

Dr. Shrestha researches and teaches in areas related to Biological and Agricultural engineering. His undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. degrees were in Agricultural Engineering. His undergraduate, masters, and doctorate were in Agricultural Engineering. He has secured more than six million dollars of external competitive research grant funding working in more than twenty projects. His current research projects have mainly been funded by US DOE, USDA, and US EPA. He has published in more than 70 research articles, the majority of which are peer-reviewed publications.

Shrestha is a registered professional engineer in the state of Idaho and holds one U.S. patent in developing a method and apparatus in automated soil sampler for potato combined harvesters (US Patent # 8051725 B2). He teaches interdisciplinary engineering design courses BE 478: Engineering Design I during the fall semester and BE 479: Engineering Design II in the spring semester. Additionally, he teaches technical elective courses BE 411 Energy and Environmental Auditing and BE 421 Bio-Image Processing. Dr. Shrestha is the Director of the Industrial Assessment Center at the University which provides internship opportunities in conducting real industrial auditing to upper-division engineering students form all six engineering departments under the College of Engineering.

  1. Shrestha, D. S., B. D. Staab, and J. A. Duffield. 2019. Biofuel impact on food prices index and land use change. Biomass and Bioenergy 124:43-53.
  2. Dangol N., D. S. Shrestha, J. Duffield. 2017. Life-cycle energy, GHG and cost comparison of camelina-based biodiesel and biojet fuel. Biofuels. DOI: 10.1080/17597269.2017.1369632. pp 1-9.
  3. Hossain, Z., R. Akter, A. Jackson, D.S. Shrestha. 2016. Future direction of Biosensors. Journal of Nanomedicine Research. 3(2):0050
  4. Dangol N., D. S. Shrestha, J. Duffield. 2015. Life cycle analysis and production potential of camelina biodiesel in the Pacific Northwest. Transactions of the ASABE. 58(2): 465-475
  5. Saul, D. A., S. Newman, T. Lee, S. Peterson, S. Devadoss, D. S. Shrestha, N. Sanyal. 2014. Increasing prosperity for small farms through sustainable livestock production, processing, and marketing. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 5(1):1-17.
  6. Roop, D. J., D. S. Shrestha, D. A. Saul., S. Newman. 2014. Cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment of regionally produced beef in the northwestern U.S. Transactions of the ASABE. 57(3): 927-935
  7. Roop, D. J., D. S. Shrestha, D. A. Saul. 2013. Cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment of locally produced beef in the Palouse region of the northwestern U.S. Transactions of the ASABE. 56(5):1933-1941.
  8. Coats, E. R., E. Searcy, K. Feris, D. Shrestha, A. G. McDonald, A. Briones, T. Magnuson, and M. Prior. 2013. An integrated two-stage anaerobic digestion and biofuel production process to reduce life cycle GHG emissions from US dairies. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. 7(4): 459-473.
  9. Artrip,K, D. Shrestha, E. Coats, D. Keiser. 2013. GHG Emissions Reduction from an Anaerobic Digester in a Dairy Farm: Theory and Practice. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 29(5): 729-737.
  10. Pradhan A., D. S. Shrestha, J. Van Gerpen., A. McAloon, W. Yee , M. Haas, and J. A. Duffield. 2012. Reassessment of life cycle greenhouse gas emissions for soybean biodiesel. Transactions of the ASABE. 55(6):2257-2264
  11. Pradhan A., D. S. Shrestha, A. McAloon, W. Yee , M. Haas, and J. A. Duffield. 2011. Energy life-cycle assessment of soybean biodiesel - revisited. Transactions of the ASABE. 54(3):1031-1039
  12. Hossain, M.D., D. S. Shrestha, and M. G. Kleve. 2010. Biosensors for Biodiesel Quality Sensing. Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science. Vol. 64 pp 80-85.
  13. Zawadzki A., D. S. Shrestha. 2009. Glycerol sensing in biodiesel using turbidimetry. Transactions of the ASABE. 52 (4):1261-1265
  14. Zawadzki A., D. S. Shrestha. 2009. Biodiesel feedstock and blend level sensing using visible light spectra and neural network. Transactions of the ASABE. 52(2): 539-542
  15. Pradhan A., D.S. Shrestha, J. Van Gerpen, J. Duffield. 2008. The energy balance of soybean oil biodiesel production: a review of past studies. Transactions of the ASABE 51(1): 185-194
  16. Shrestha D.S., J. Van Gerpen, J. Thompson.2008. Effectiveness of cold flow additives on various biodiesel, diesel and their blends. Transactions of the ASABE 51(4): 1365-1370.
  17. Zawadzki A., D. S. Shrestha and B. He. 2007. Biodiesel blend level detection using ultraviolet absorption spectra. Transactions of the ASAE, 50(4):1349-1353.
  18. S. Chitrakar, C. J. Bern, D. S. Shrestha, 2006. Quantifying corn deterioration due to fungal growth by use of CO2-sensitive gel. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 22(1):81-86.
  19. Shrestha, D. S., and Steward, B. L. 2005. Shape and size analysis of corn plant canopies for plant population and spacing sensing. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 21(2): 295-303.
  20. Shrestha, D.S., B.L. Steward, and S.J. Birrell. 2004. Video processing for early stage maize plant detection. Biosystems Engineering, 89(2): 119-129.
  21. Shrestha, D.S., and B.L. Steward, 2003. Automatic Corn Plant Population Measurement Using Machine Vision. Transactions of the ASAE 46(2): 559-565.
  22. Shrestha, D.S., G. Singh, and G. Gebresenbet. 2001. Optimizing design parameters of a mouldboard plough. Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research 78(4): 377-389.
  23. Shrestha, D.S., J. Tiwari, M.D. Hussain, M.A. Zaman, and M. Ahiduzzaman. 1996. Performance evaluation of manually operated mustard oil mill used in Nepal. Journal of Agricultural Machinery and Mechanization, 3 (1&2): 129-133.

  • Interdisciplinary or Collaborative Excellence Efforts Award (Highest award at the University level), University of Idaho, Moscow, ID April, 2012.
  • Innovation Award for inventing technology that can impact society, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 2012.
  • Outstanding Academic Advisor. Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. 2010.
  • Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) Affiliate Status for significant contribution to the Center for year 2010-2011.
  • Taiganides Award for outstanding Ph.D. student from Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, Iowa State University.2004.
  • Selected as one of the best Ph. D. papers. American Society of Agricultural Engineers/ Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineers, annual international conference, Ottawa, Canada.2004.
  • Teaching Excellence award from Iowa State University, Ames Iowa. May 2003.
  • International Leadership Award from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, May 2003.
  • IET select paper award from Information and Electrical Technologies division at ASAE 2003 annual international conference, Sacramento, CA.
  • Professional advancement grant from Iowa State University to participate and present paper in ASAE international conference. Ames, Iowa, June 2001.
  • Gold Medal from His Majesty King of Nepal for securing outstanding position both in undergraduate and graduate level. Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb 2000.
  • Research assistantship from Iowa State University to carry out Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering Jan 2000- Dec 2003.
  • Y.Y. Kishida Prize for outstanding academic performance in Agricultural and Food Engineering Program. Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 1999.
  • Scholarship from European Union to conduct research in Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, Jan-Apr 1999.
  • Scholarship from the Government of Netherlands to pursue Masters of Engineering in Agricultural Machinery and Management at Asian Institute of Technology, Jan 1998- Aug 1999.
  • Ramapatinath Memorial Gold Medal for securing highest percentage among students from six departments. Mymensingh, Bangladesh, Feb 1997.
  • Chancellor Gold Medal for securing first position with distinction in Agricultural Engineering for the session1993. Mymensingh, Bangladesh, Feb 1997.

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Chemical & Biological Engineering
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