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

Khodabakhshian Kargar, R., Emadi, B., Khojastehpour, M., Golzarian, M., & A. Sazgarnia (2017). 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., & Ameneh Sazgarnia (2017). 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.
Nikkhah, A., Royan, M., Khojastehpour, M., & Jacopo Bacenetti (2017). Environmental impacts modeling of Iranian peach production. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 75 (2017), 677-682.
Hosseinpanahi, K., Abbaspour-fard, M., & Golzarian, M. (2017). Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Using Saffron Petal Extract as a Novel Natural Sensitizer. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 139 (2), 1-5.
Mamarabadi, M., & Rohani, A. (2017). Clustering of fungal hexosaminidase enzymes based on free alignment method using MLP neural network. Neural Computing and Applications, 28 (4), 1-11.
Mohseni, N., Sepehr, A., Hosseinzadeh, S., Golzarian, M., & Farzin Shabani (2017). Variations in spatial patterns of soil–vegetation properties over subsidence-related ground fissures at an arid ecotone in northeastern Iran. Environmental Earth Sciences, 76 (234), 1-13.
Nadian, M., Abbaspour-fard, M., Sadrnia, H., Golzarian, M., Tabasizadeh, M., & A.martynenko (2017). Improvement of kiwifruit drying using computer vision system (CVS) and ALM clustering method. Drying Technology, 35 (6), 709-723.
Motamedolshariati, S., Sadrnia, H., Aghkhani, M., & Khojastehpour, M. (2017). Modelling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Wheat Production in Irrigated and Rain-Fed Systems in Khorasan Razavi Province, Iran. International Journal of Agricultural Management and Development, 7 (1), 89-94.
Nadian, M., Abbaspour-fard, M., Alex Martynenko, & Golzarian, M. (2017). An intelligent integrated control of hybrid hot air-infrared dryer based on fuzzy logic and computer vision system. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 137 (0), 138-149.
Mousavi, S., Abbaspour-fard, M., Aghkhani, M., Sadeghi Namaghi, H., & Ebrahim Ebrahimi (2017). Acoustic detection of different stages of the confused flour beetle (Triboium confusum) in grain bulks using an audio sensor. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 19 (1), 1551-1563.
Mohseni, N., Hosseinzadeh, S., Sepehr, A., Golzarian, M., & Farzin Shabani (2017). Variations in spatial patterns of soil-vegetation properties and the emergence of multiple resilience thresholds within different debris flow fan positions. Geomorphology, 290 (13), 365-375.
Nayebzadeh, H., Saghatoleslami, N., M. Haghighi, & Tabasizadeh, M. (2017). Influence of fuel type on microwave-enhanced fabrication of KOH/Ca 12 Al 14 O 33 nanocatalyst for biodiesel production via microwave heating. Chemical Engineering Communications, 75 (1), 148-155.
Golzarian, M., Soltanali, H., Doosti Irani, O., & Ebrahimi, S. (2017). Possibility of early detection of bovine mastitis in dairy cows using thermal images processing. Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, 7 (4), 549-557.
Fayyazi, S., Abbaspour-fard, M., Rohani, A., S.amirhassan Monadjemi, & Sadrnia, H. (2017). Identification and Classification of Three Iranian Rice Varieties in Mixed Bulks Using Image Processing and MLP Neural Network. International Journal of Food Engineering, 13 (5), 1-13.
Salarikia, A., Miraei Ashtiani, S., Golzarian, M., & Mohammadinezhad, H. (2017). Finite element analysis of the dynamic behavior of pear under impact loading. Information Processing in Agriculture, 4 (0), 64-77.
Salarikia, A., Miraei Ashtiani, S., & Golzarian, M. (2017). Comparison of Drying Characteristics and Quality of Peppermint Leaves Using Different Drying Methods. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 41 (3), 1-13.
Miraei Ashtiani, S., Salarikia, A., & Golzarian, M. (2017). Analyzing drying characteristics and modeling of thin layers of peppermint leaves under hot-air and infrared treatments. Information Processing in Agriculture, 4 (2), 128-139.
Taherirad, A., Khojastehpour, M., Rohani, A., Khorramdel, S., & A.nikkhah (2017). Energy flow modeling and predicting the yield of Iranian paddy cultivars using artificial neural networks. Energy, 135 (1), 405-412.
Jafari Malekabadi, A., Khojastehpour, M., Emadi, B., & Golzarian, M. (2017). Development of a machine vision system for determination of mechanical properties of onions. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 141 (1), 131-139.
Soltanali, H., Amin Nikkhah, & Rohani, A. (2017). Energy Audit of Iranian Kiwifruit Production Using Intelligent Systems. Energy, 139 (15), 646-654.
Ahmadi Pirlo, M., Ebrahimi-nik, M., Khojastehpour, M., & Ebrahimi, S. (2017). Mesophilic co-digestion of municipal solid waste and sewage sludge: Effect of mixing ratio, total solids, and alkaline pretreatment. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 125 (4), 97-104.
Zeynali, R., Khojastehpour, M., & Ebrahimi-nik, M. (2017). Effect of ultrasonic pre-treatment on biogas yield and specific energy in anaerobic digestion of fruit and vegetable wholesale market wastes. Sustainable Environment Research, 27 (2017), 259-264.
Javidi, M., Khojastehpour, M., Ebrahimi-nik, M., & W.a. .a. Karim Ghani (2017). Gasification of potato shoots: An experimental and theoretical investigation. Energy Equipment and Systems, 5 (3), 275-284.
Pasban, A., Sadrnia, H., Mohebbi, M., & S. A. Shahidi (2017). Spectral method for simulating 3D heat and mass transfer during drying of apple slices. Journal of Food Engineering, 212 (0), 201-2012.
Khodabakhshian Kargar, R., Emadi, B., Khojastehpour, M., & Golzarian, M. (2017). Determining quality and maturity of pomegranates using multispectral imaging. Journal of the Saudi Society of Agricultural Sciences, 16 (4), 322-331.
Seyedabadi, E., Khojastehpour, M., & Abbaspour-fard, M. (2017). Convective drying simulation of banana slabs considering non-isotropic shrinkage using FEM with the Arbitrary Lagrangian–Eulerian method. International Journal of Food Properties, 20 (13), 36-49.
A. A. Dadvar, Bayati, M., A. H. Afkari-sayyah, & M. Rasekh (2017). Some Physical and Mechanical Properties of Bergamot (Citrusaurantium). Journal of Applied Environmental and Biological Sciences, 7 (11), 157-164.
Khodabakhshian Kargar, R., Emadi, B., Khojastehpour, M., & Golzarian, M. (2017). Physical and frictional properties of pomegranate arils as a function of fruit maturity. International Food Research Journal, 24 (3), 1286-1291.

Recent research projects

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Biosystems Engineering

Phone: +985138804686-5833