Department of Biosystems Engineering

Since 1994, the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Agricultural Machinery has been a provider of engineering education and solutions to agricultural problems in the Eastern part of Iran. In 2013, the Department was renamed to Biosystems Engineering. Now this department has its scientific and research activities in two major related fields of "Biosystems Mechanics" and "Agricultural Mechanization". The Department offers 3 programs, undergraduate and post graduate (Master’s and Ph.D.)

The undergraduate program, established in 1994, concentrates on Biosystems Mechanics. It serves the people of the Eastern part of Iran and beyond through learning, discovery and engagement in engineering for food, energy, agricultural, biological, and environmental systems.

The Master’s program, founded in 2005, is designed for individuals desiring an advanced degree with an emphasis on the practice of engineering. The areas of specialization of this program include Biosystems Mechanics - Design and Construction, Biosystems Mechanics - Renewable Energies, Biosystems Mechanic-Postharvest Technologies, Agricultural Mechanization-Recycling and Waste Management, Agricultural Mechanization - Management and Systems Analysis.

In the Ph.D. program, doctoral candidates have been admitted since 2011 to create, preserve, communicate and apply knowledge, contributing to the cultural, social and economic of the province, Iran and the world. It is expected that students will be able to complete their Doctor of Philosophy degree in four years. This program concentrates on Biosystems Mechanics, Design of Agricultural Machinery and Agricultural Mechanization. More

Head of the Department of Biosystems Engineering
Mohammad Hossein Aghkhani
Department of Biosystems Engineering

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Biosystems Engineering
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
Biosystems Engineering
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Biosystems Mechanic-Design and Construction
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Biosystems Mechanic -Renewable Energies
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Biosystems Mechanic - Postharvest Technologies
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Agricultural Mechanization -Recycling and Waste Management
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Agricultural Mechanization - Management and Systems Analysis
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Biosystems Mechanic-Design of Agricultural Machinery
Agricultural Mechanization

Academic staff



Recent journal articles

Mazidi, M., Sadrnia, H., & Khojastehpour, M. (2016). Evaluation of orange mechanical damage during packaging by study of changes in firmness. International Food Research Journal, 23 (2), 899-903.
Rohani, A. (2016). Heat transfer and MLP Neural Network models to predict inside environment variables and energy lost in a semi-solar greenhouse. Energy and Buildings, 110 (1), 314-329.
Doosti Irani, O., Golzarian, M., Aghkhani, M., Sadrnia, H., & Mahboobe Doosti-irani (2016). Development of multiple regression model to estimate the apple’s bruise depth using thermal maps. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 116 (1), 75-79.
Soltanali, H., Emadi, B., Rohani, A., Khojastehpour, M., & A. Nikkhah (2016). Optimization of Energy Consumption in Milk Production Units through Integration of Data Envelopment Analysis Approach and Sensitivity Analysis. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 6 (1), 15-29.
Nozad Qale No, M., Khojastehpour, M., Tabasizadeh, M., Azizi, M., Miraei Ashtiani, S., & Salarikia, A. (2016). Characterization of hot-air drying and infrared drying of spearmint (Mentha spicata L.) leaves. Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization, 10 (3), 466-473.
Fallahi Toroghi, H., Abbaspour Fard, M., Amin Azhari, Khojastehpour, M., & Nikkhah, A. (2016). Ergonomic assessment of drivers in MF285 and MF399 tractors during clutching using algometer. Information Processing in Agriculture, 3 (1), 54-60.
Rohani, A. (2016). Optimization of perforated composite plates under tensile stress using genetic algorithm. Journal of Composite Materials, 50 (20), 2773-2781.
Ghanei Ghooshkhaneh, N., Rohani, A., Golzarian, M., & Kazemi, F. (2016). Identification of Houseplants Using Neuro-vision Based Multi-stage Classification System. Journal of Ornamental plants, 6 (3), 145-152.
Nikkhah, A., Emadi, B., Soltanali, H., Saeed Firouzi, Kurt A. Rosentrater, & M. Sadegh Allahyari (2016). Integration of life cycle assessment and Cobb-Douglas modeling for the environmental assessment of kiwifruit in Iran. Journal of Cleaner Production, 137 (1), 843-849.
Morteza Taki, Yahya Ajabshirchi, Seyed Faramarz Ranjbar, Rohani, A., & Mansour Matloobi (2016). Modeling and experimental validation of heat transfer and energy consumption in an innovative greenhouse structure. Information Processing in Agriculture, 3 (3), 157-174.
Sabetsarvestani, N., Rohani, A., Farzad, A., & Aghkhani, M. (2016). Modeling of specific fuel consumption and emission parameters of compression ignition engine using nanofluid combustion experimental data. Fuel Processing Technology, 154 (1), 37-43.
Khodabakhshian Kargar, R., Emadi, B., Khojastehpour, M., & Golzarian, M. (2016). Carob moth, Ectomyelois ceratoniae, detection in pomegranate using visible/near infrared spectroscopy. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 129 (1), 9-14.
Khodabakhshian Kargar, R., Emadi, B., Khojastehpour, M., Golzarian, M., & Ameneh Sazgarnia (2016). Development of a Multispectral Imaging System for Online Quality Assessment of Pomegranate Fruit. International Journal of Food Properties, 20 (1), 107-118.
Khodabakhshian Kargar, R., Emadi, B., Khojastehpour, M., & Golzarian, M. (2016). Visible-nir Infrared Spectroscopy for Pomegranate Fruit Quality Assessment: Chemometrics and Common Preprocessing Methods. Food Science and Technology, 17 (1), 224-238.
Khodabakhshian Kargar, R., & Emadi, B. (2016). Mass model of date fruit (cv. Mazafati ) based on its physiological properties. International Food Research Journal, 23 (5), 2057-2062.
Nadian, M., Abbaspour Fard, M., Sadrnia, H., Golzarian, M., & Tabasizadeh, M. (2016). Optimal Pretreatment Determination of Kiwifruit Drying Via Online Monitoring. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 96 (1), 4785-4796.
Nadian, M., & Abbaspour Fard, M. (2016). Measurement of Physical and Mechanical Properties of Russian Olive (Elaeagnus Angustifolia L.) Fruit. International Journal of Food Engineering, 12 (1), 91-100.
Nadian, M., Shahin Rafiee, & Golzarian, M. (2016). Real-time monitoring of color variations of apple slices and effects of pre-treatment and drying air temperature. Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization, 10 (3), 493-506.
Khodabakhshian Kargar, R., Emadi, B., Khojastehpour, M., Golzarian, M., & Ameneh Sazgarnia (2016). Non-Destructive Evaluation of Maturity and Quality Parameters of Pomegranate Fruit by Visible/Near Infrared Spectroscopy. International Journal of Food Properties, 20 (1), 41-52.
Nayebzadeh, H., Saghatoleslami, N., & Tabasizadeh, M. (2016). Optimization of the activity of KOH/calcium aluminate nanocatalyst for biodiesel production using response surface methodology. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 68 (1), 379-386.
Miraei Ashtiani, S., Salarikia, A., Golzarian, M., & Emadi, B. (2016). Non-Destructive Estimation of Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Persimmons by Ultrasonic Spectroscopy. International Journal of Food Properties, 0 (19), 1522-1534.
Saeed Firouzi, Amin Nikkhah, Khojastehpour, M., & Nicholas M. Holden (2016). Energy use efficiency, GHG emissions and carbon efficiency of paddy rice production in Iran. Energy Equipment and Systems, 4 (2), 169-176.
Salarikia, A., Miraei Ashtiani, S., & Golzarian, M. (2016). Comparison of Drying Characteristics and Quality of Peppermint Leaves Using Different Drying Methods. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 41 (3), 1-13.

Recent research projects

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Biosystems Engineering

Phone: +985138804686-5833