Speaker Bio

Dirk Maier


Professor and Post-Harvest Engineer


& Biosystems Engineering Department


Iowa State University


Dr. Maier is a Professor and Post-Harvest Engineer in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, the Department of Animal Science, and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University where he is responsible for leading an internationally recognized research and outreach program in post-harvest engineering and feed technology applied to grain and feed operations and processing. He established the ISU Feed Technology Program and serves as the director of the ISU Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex, a $25 million state-of-the-art grain handling, drying, storage and feed processing facility. Its mission furthers ISU’s teaching, research, service, extension, and industry and international outreach in support of the global grain and feed industry.

He was instrumental in establishing the Middle East and Africa Training Center for Feed Manufacturing in Tunisia and serves as its Associate Director. Previously he was the head of the Department of Grain Science and Industry and Director of the IGP Institute at Kansas State University where he was responsible for building the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center and expanded onsite and virtual continuing education and credentialing programs for grain, feed and flour milling industry professionals.

Dr. Maier is a registered professional engineer, a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers, and a member and officer of several academic, professional and scholarly societies. He has traveled extensively throughout the world as a speaker, consultant and participant in many national and international industry meetings, scientific conferences, and technical assistance projects. He currently has active projects in the U.S., Tunisia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. His current graduate students are from the U.S., Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana, and the Philippines.