Dr. Sajid Alavi is a Professor of Extrusion Processing in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Food Science/Food Engineering from Cornell University in 2002. Dr. Alavi's research activities are focused in the areas of food engineering, interfaces between processing and nutrition, extrusion processing for food, pet food, feed and industrial applications, food microstructure imaging, and structure - texture relationships. He received the prestigious 2010 Young Research Scientist Award from AACC International, formerly the American Association of Cereal Chemists. Dr. Alavi designs technology and R&D solutions for numerous food, feed and pet food processors, and is involved in projects in USA, Africa, Brazil, India and other countries/ regions around the world. He has provided training and networking opportunities to close to 1000 industry leaders from 30 countries spanning all 6 continents through his internationally reputed short course ‘Extrusion Processing: Technology and Commercialization’ at K-State and similar offerings and workshops in other countries.