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Perspectives Newsletter AGM 2014 Special Edition

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2014 ASABE and CSBE | SCGAB Annual International Meeting, July 13 – 16, 2014. Montreal, Quebec Canada

Merci à nos commanditaires / Thanks to our sponsors

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The Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE/SCGAB) thanks its three major sponsors during its annual meeting held in Montréal on July 13-16, 2014: the Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAPAQ), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and MacDon Industries. The conference, organized jointly with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), was attended by 1,607 participants from 35 countries, including 1,063 Americans, 264 Canadians, 115 Chinese, 44 South Koreans and 21 Brazilians. More than 1,000 technical papers were presented on engineering applied to agriculture, food and the environment. The Society thanks its sponsors and numerous volunteers who contributed to a highly successful conference.

La Société canadienne de génie agroalimentaire et de bioingénierie (CSBE/SCGAB) remercie ses trois commanditaires majeurs lors de la conférence annuelle tenue à Montréal du 13 au 16 juillet 2014 : le Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), le ministère de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et des affaires rurales de l’Ontario (MAAARO) et MacDon Industries. La conférence conjointe avec la Société américaine de génie agroalimentaire (ASABE) a réuni 1607 participants provenant de 35 pays, dont 1063 Américains, 264 Canadiens, 115 Chinois, 44 Coréens du sud et 21 Brésiliens. Plus de 1000 communications techniques y ont été présentées en ingénierie appliquée à l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement. La Société remercie ses commanditaires et les nombreux bénévoles qui ont contribué au succès de cet événement.

 

Published in Notices to Members
Monday, 18 August 2014 10:28

CSBE AGM Minutes and Annual Reports

Agenda and minutes of the AGM and annual reports are available in our files repository: http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/csbe/documentation/public/6496-agm-2014-montreal

Published in Notices to Members
Sunday, 17 August 2014 09:55

CSBE/SCGAB 2014 Award Recipients

On behalf of CSBE/SCGAB members, we would like to congratulate the 2014 award winners.
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Bernard Panneton, Maple Leaf Award. Read citation.
 
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René Morissette, Young Engineer of the Year. Read citation.
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Harold K. House, John Turnbull Award. Read citation.
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Qamar Zaman, Glenn Downing Award. Read citation.
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Kevin McKague, Jim Beamish Award. Read citation.
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Cristina Ratti, John Clark Award. Read citation.
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Dennis Hodginkson on behalf of Bioterre Systems Inc., Industrial Award. Read citation.
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Richad P. Atkins, Fellow Award. Read citation.
Published in General News
Sunday, 17 August 2014 09:47

2014 Student Awards

University of Manitoba

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba - Undergraduate Design Project Award

Victoria Munro, Japandeep Sethi and Samantha Symons for a project entitled “Design of a Tire Cutting Stand”(Advisor: K. Dick)

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba - Undergraduate Thesis Award

Katrice Kazmerik for a thesis entitled  “Mechanical property comparison of 3-dimensional printed models and cortical sheep bone” (Advisors:  S. Cenkowski & B. Unger)

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba - Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

Jami Carter for a thesis entitled “Design and implementation of a sustainable housing system in Honduras” (Advisor: K. Dick)

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba - Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Sanjayan Satchithanantham  for a thesis entitled “Water management effects on potato production and the environment” (Advisor: R. Sri Ranjan)

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba  - CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Taylor Kirouac - Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester. 

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph - Undergraduate Design Project Award

Nawfal Adam Mungroo, Amritpal Bains and Brahmbhatt Rutwick for a project entitled “Pulmocardiac Diagnostic Monitoring System Design”

The University of Guelph - CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Lee Preiss- Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester. 

Université Laval

Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Université Laval - CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Cédric St-Pierre - Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester. 

Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Université Laval - Undergraduate Design Project Award

Gabriel Collin and Samuel Richard for a project entitled “Conception d’un extracteur de rhizomes de chiendent / Design of a Quackgrass Rhizome Extractor” (Advisor: Mohamed Khelifi)

Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Université Laval - Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

Vincent Pelletier  for a thesis entitled “ Irrigation de la canneberge basée sur des seuils de tension de l’eau dans le sol/Cranberry irrigation based on soil water potential thresholds “ (Advisors : Jacques Gallichand and Jean Caron)

McGill University

Department of Bioresource Engineering - McGill University - CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Matthew Legrand - Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester.

Department of Bioresource Engineering - McGill University - Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Abid Hussain for a thesis entitled “Electricity Production from Carbon Monoxide and Synthesis Gas in Microbial Fuel Cell” (Advisors:  G.S. Vijaya Raghavan & Boris Tartakovsky)

Department of Bioresource Engineering - McGill University - Undergraduate Thesis Award

Carolyn Jang, Nada Khan, Rodger Liu, & Gianni Montanaro for a thesis entitled “Design of a Winnowing Machine for West African Rice Farmers” (Advisors:  Michael Ngadi & Grant Clark)

Department of Bioresource Engineering - McGill University - Undergraduate Design Project Award

Jun Dong, Zhi Li, Erbolat Riskulov, & Dillon Stanger for a project entitled “An Innovative Wastewater Treatment System Design for a Food Facility” (Advisor: Grant Clark)

ASABE  ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Université Laval
Design and construction of a four-wheel-drive tractor taking into consideration the rules specified by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Jean-Gabriel Turgeon (Leader), Guillaume Goulet,  Sylvain Champagne,  François Blais,  Raphaël Soucy-Gauthier,  Francis Côté,  Alexandre Houle,  Cédric St-Pierre,  Simon Archambault and Francis St-Aubin

Published in Student Awards
Saturday, 16 August 2014 10:29

Introducing two new Council members

Sylvio Tessier, new President-Elect

sylvioI am a graduate from Macdonald College’s (McGill) Agricultural Engineering program (BSc & MSc) and Washington State University’s Engineering Science program (PhD).  Over the years, I was fortunate enough to hold positions with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Génie Rural dept at Université Laval, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiative, Manitoba Conservation (aka Manitoba Environment), and the private industry (John Deere Co, Versatile).  Sometimes as a side venture, and now as a main activity, I have provided consulting services in the area of agricultural machinery design and environmental engineering.  I am honored to have received the support of CSBE members for the position of present-elect.  I will endeavor to provide our Society with a broad perspective on bioengineering.

Je détiens mon BSc et MSc en génie rural du Collège Macdonald (Univ. McGill) et mon PhD de Washington State University (Engineering Sciences).  Tout au long de ma carrière, j’ai eu la bonne fortune de travailler pour Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, le département de génie rural de l’Université Laval, les ministères d’Agriculture, Alimentation et Développement Rural et celui de Conservation (Environnement) au Manitoba, et pour le secteur manufacturier chez John Deere et Versatile.  J’ai aussi eu l’occasion de me tremper les mains comme consultant au fil des ans, ce qui est maintenant mon activité principale, dans les domaines de conception de machinerie agricole et de l’environnement.  Je suis des plus honorés du support des membres de la SCGAB pour ma nomination au poste de président-élu.  Je m’efforcerais à bien représenter vos intérêts durant les trois prochaines années.

Qamar Zaman, Atlantic Regional Director

zamanI have over twenty-five years of experience in teaching, research and extension from various national and international universities and international organizations, including the University of Agriculture (Pakistan), the University of New Castle upon Tyne (England), the University of Florida (USA), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Japan), and Dalhousie University (Canada). I joined the Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University (former NSAC) as an industry research chair in December, 2006. In 2010, I was promoted to associate professor in recognition of my outstanding work in teaching, research, extension, and industry. In my current position, I established the Precision Agriculture Research Program (PARP) with objectives to improve the competitiveness and profitability of the blueberry industry and enhance the sustainability of rural life in Atlantic Canada. While building this program, I developed strong and effective partnerships with industry, government, and other institutions to support precision agriculture (PA) research needs. I have been successful in securing infrastructural research grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, NSERC, AIF, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Industry.  These grants have allowed my research team to establish state-of-the art facilities for PA systems research. My research program has also been funded, consistently and continuously, by federal and provincial governments, international funding agencies, industry partners, and grower’s associations.

I am now one of the pioneers in the field of PA and have invented cost-effective automated variable rate (VR) technologies for real-time spot application of pesticides and fertilizers. In fact, I have received US Patent # 2012/0195496 A1 and Canadian Patent # 7231-1 for the invention of my “Variable Rate Sprayer System and Method of Variably Applying Agrochemicals.”

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The joint meeting of the 2014 ASABE/CSBE-SCGAB in Montreal was a resounding success with over 1600 in attendance.  If you had presented a paper/poster at this conference, please consider publishing your research in the Canadian Biosystems Engineering journal.   You can submit your paper online through our website (http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/publications/cbe-journal/submit-a-paper).   The peer review of your paper will be done through our Editorial Board in a timely manner.

Our papers are open-access and assigned DOI numbers, which are widely indexed.  This gives wide exposure to your research.  The first four pages cost C$55/page with additional pages costing $80/page along with an abstract translation cost.  Non-members of CSBE-SCGAB pay double this rate. 

We look forward to receiving your paper for consideration.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 204.474.9344 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

R. Sri Ranjan, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Editor, Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal

 

Published in Notices to Members

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is proud to be hosting the 2015 Canadian Society for BioEngineering Conference and Annual General Meeting from July 5th to 8th, 2015.  You are cordially invited to attend this event which promises to comprise of enlightening workshops, plenary sessions, lectures, technical presentations, poster presentations, and capped by technical tours that showcase advancements Alberta is making in the field of bioengineering in Canada. More details related to the 2015 event will be coming your way in the months ahead.

Yours truly,

Rick Atkins, P.Eng
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

Published in Notice of Meeting
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:00

CSBE LinkedIn group moves with EIC

For the benefit of our members, the CSBE LinkedIn group will join the LinkedIn network of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). A new sub-grouphas been established for this purpose within the EIC LinkedIn network. The current CSBE LinkedIn group will be closed on 1 September 2014. We invite all current CSBE LinkedIn members to join this new group.

Reorganization of the CSBE LinkedIn group in this way will give us access to a wider network of professionals, diversified employment offers and recent discussions in the field of engineering. The EIC Linked network has 570 members across Canada and includes LinkedIn sub-groups for the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and Canadian Engineering Management. If you do not yet have a LinkedIn account, take advantage of this opportunity to create one. 

Notice to current members of our LinkedIn group: your LinkedIn membership will not be automatically transferred to the new group nor will you receivethe discussions and comments posted there. You must join the group as a new member by following this link:

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