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Praveen Kolar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 
Biological and Agricultural 
Agricultural Waste Management

Praveen Kolar

Praveen Kolar

278 Weaver Labs 
Box 7625, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695-7625

Phone: (919) 513-9797 
Fax: (919) 515-7760 


Bill hunt            and news mediaDr. Kolar enguages graduate students in a conversation outside Weaver Labs.

bill hunt            planting a wetlandDr. Kolar and his students discuss project results.

Dr.Bill            Hunt advisingDr. Kolar works on char synthesis with Yiying Zhu a doctoral student.

bill hunt            planting a wetlandDr. Kolar chats with former grad student, Veronica Mbaneme at the student banquet.

rain garden -          stormwater management
Dr. Kolar looks over the work of his doctoral student in
the well-equipped Weaver Labs environmental analysis lab.


Kolar is currently an Assistant Professor-Agricultural Waste Management, in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Praveen Kolar has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (Sri Venkateswara University, India), masters' degrees in Aquacultural Engineering and Biological and Agricultural Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology and Louisiana State University) and a Ph.D in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia. He had also worked for seven years in aquaculture industry in India, during which, his responsibilities were aquaculture water quality management, processing of seafood, and feed distribution. His current research interests include conversion of agricultural wastes into energy and value added products including heterogeneous catalysts and adsorbents. Kolar teaches courses in Food Process Engineering and Heterogeneous Catalysis.

He has professional memberships in the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

Curriculum Vitae

Research Program

  • Grants and Contracts
    • Catalytic Conversion of Animal Manure into Biochar and Liquid Oils
    • Catalytic Oxidation of Lignin Into Value-Added Aromatics - CBERD Core Project
    • Removal of Volatile Organic Compounds from Swine Facilities via Adsorption: Technical and Economical Evaluation
    • Manure Belt Collection System and Energy Recovery System
    • Modeling Airflow in the Brooks Gasification Process
    • Spawning Activity of Mud Minnows (Fundulus heteroclitis) in Tank-based Systems for the Production of Baitfi


  • BAE 322
  • BAE 590/495

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