Climate change is affecting many parts of the world (e.g. 2016 has been the warmest year globally, oversupply of water in California, record drought conditions in India, etc.). Our profession is one that deals with the food-water-energy-environment nexus and we are challenged to find innovative solutions for the increasing global population under these climatic conditions. This scenario presents plenty of challenges for CSBE members to deal with, which can lead to contributions not only locally but nationally and internationally. Our call for proposals for the Annual Meeting in Winnipeg (August 6-10, 2017) has been well received by members of the CSBE and CIGR. We are looking forward to a great conference wherein sustainability is the underlying theme. If you have not yet submitted your proposal, you can still do so before the closing date which has been extended to next week.
March 15th is the deadline for submission of the nominations of deserving members for many awards, and also for the Fellowship of the CSBE. Please take interest in doing so.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is allocating resources to finding ways to doubling the income of farmers in the near future. The size of the Indian farming community is 650 million people. The Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) has invited CSBE to look into this challenge. This would be an excellent opportunity for our engineers and scientists to link up with colleagues in India. This brings me to share the next meeting date of the ISAE which is January 8-10, 2018 to be held in Anand, Gujarat.
As I reported to you in the last newsletter, undergraduate and graduate students are very enthusiastic about the future of CSBE, and they are working hard to be part of this society to make it sustainable for decades to come.
I am hoping that you all had a great start to 2017, and I wish you a wonderful rest of the year.
With warm wishes,
P.S. The Water Conference which is part of the global initiative of the ASABE will be held in October 2018 in Hyderabad, India.
Les changements climatiques touchent de nombreuses régions du monde (par exemple, l'année 2016 a été la plus chaude au monde, les précipitations record d'eau en Californie, les conditions de sécheresse record en Inde, etc.). Notre métier est celui qui traite du lien entre l'alimentation, l'eau et l'énergie et nous sommes appelés à développer des solutions innovatrices pour la population mondiale croissante dans ces conditions climatiques. Ce scénario présente de nombreux défis auxquels les membres du CSBE doivent faire face, ce qui peut entraîner des contributions non seulement au niveau local, mais aussi national et international. Notre appel à propositions pour la réunion annuelle à Winnipeg (6-10 août 2017) a été bien accueilli par les membres de la CSBE-SCGAB et de la CIGR. Nous nous attendons donc à une grande conférence dans laquelle la durabilité est le thème sous-jacent. Si vous n'avez pas encore soumis votre proposition, vous pouvez toujours le faire avant la date de clôture qui a été prolongée à la semaine prochaine.
Le 15 mars est la date limite pour la soumission de nominations de membres à de nombreux prix et distinctions, ainsi que pour la bourse de la CSBE-SCGAB. Merci de prendre le temps de soumettre la candidature de l’un de vos collègues.
Le Premier ministre de l'Inde, Narendra Modi, alloue des ressources pour trouver des moyens de doubler le revenu des agriculteurs dans un proche avenir. La taille de la communauté agricole indienne est de 650 millions de personnes. La Société indienne des ingénieurs agricoles (ISAE) a invité la CSBE-SCGAB à s’intéresser à ce défi. Ce serait une excellente occasion pour nos ingénieurs et scientifiques de se relier à des collègues en Inde. Cela m'amène à vous partager la prochaine réunion de l'ISAE qui se tiendra du 8 au 10 janvier 2018 à Anand, Gujarat.
Comme je vous l'ai signalé dans le dernier bulletin, les étudiants du premier cycle et des cycles supérieurs sont très enthousiastes à l'égard de l'avenir de la CSBE-SCGAB et ils travaillent fort pour faire partie de cette société pour la rendre viable pendant des décennies.
J'espère que vous avez tous eu un excellent début d’année 2017 et je vous souhaite une excellente continuation.
Président de la CSBE-SCGAB
P.S. La conférence sur l'eau, qui fait partie de l'initiative mondiale de l'ASABE, se tiendra en octobre 2018 à Hyderabad, en Inde.
President Raghavan has an important message for bioengineering students.
Greetings to you all for this festive season as you are busily wrapping up your work and professional responsibilities for 2016. It has been a hectic and enjoyable few months since the annual meeting that was held in Halifax, NS. The planning of the next annual meeting is well underway,and will be a joint meeting with the CIGR that will be held in Winnipeg, MB (August 6-10, 2017). The local arrangements committee under the leadership of Professor Danny Mann has already sent out a request for proposals and abstracts in various themes. Please refer to the recent newsletter or the CSBE website for more details (http://csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017).
Furthermore, I am pleased to report to you the following information:
I am very encouraged by the interest of youngsters to take part in the activities of our society. In addition to the visits to Halifax, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon, I am in touch with our undergrad and graduate student groups here at McGill, and with the student groups of Laval University through Professor Cristina Ratti. Furthermore, I am making efforts to contact student groups at Guelph, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Alberta and British Columbia. I have sent out invitation letters to both undergrad and graduate students at the above mentioned institutes.
Once again, I thank you for your support in revitalizing our society. Please circulate the newsletter to your graduate and undergrad student bodies.
Salutations à tous en cette saison festive car vous achevez activement vos travaux et responsabilités professionnelles pour 2016. Cela fait quelques mois que la réunion annuelle qui s'est tenue à Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse, a eue lieu. La planification de la prochaine réunion annuelle, qui se tiendra à Winnipeg (Manitoba) du 6 au 10 août 2017, est en cours et sera organisé conjointement avec la CIGR. Le comité d’organisation, sous la direction du professeur Danny Mann, a déjà envoyé une demande de propositions et des résumés sur différents thèmes. Veuillez consulter l’annonce reçue par courriel ou notre site web pour plus de détails (http://csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017).
En outre, je suis heureux de vous faire parvenir les informations suivantes:
Je suis très encouragé par l'intérêt des jeunes à prendre part aux activités de notre société. En plus des visites à Halifax, à Winnipeg et à Saskatoon, je suis en contact avec nos groupes d'étudiants de premier et de deuxième cycle à McGill et avec les groupes d'étudiants de l'Université Laval par l'entremise de la professeure Cristina Ratti. De plus, je m'efforce de communiquer avec des groupes d'étudiants à Guelph, à Terre-Neuve, à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (PEI), en Alberta et en Colombie-Britannique. J'ai envoyé des lettres d'invitation à la fois aux étudiants de premier cycle et aux étudiants diplômés des instituts susmentionnés.
Encore une fois, je vous remercie de votre soutien à la revitalisation de notre société. Veuillez faire circuler le bulletin d'information à vos étudiants et étudiantes de premier cycle.
Président, CSBE / SCGAB
It is time to reflect on the past, take stock of the present and gaze into the crystal ball for the future …
As of September 2, 2016, it has been exactly 47 years and eight months to the day since I have come to Canada. My journey during this period has taught me to realize the importance of learning and to be connected to nature in a multi-disciplinary framework. Thanks to all my gurus (teachers), colleagues, and shishyas (students) who have taught me humility and wisdom in life. I am in a milieu of smart people called bioengineers who can make a big difference not only in addressing current challenges but also for the future where the global population is heading towards over ten billion people in the next two to three decades. Canada being an exporter of various agricultural commodities has a lot to offer not only in agriculture but in many other areas as well. Sustainable development goals are key in all walks of life including our food/ energy/ environment system nexus. The CSBE and its members are very well-positioned to play a role in meeting these challenges.
The agricultural sector in Canada has gone through dire straits over the last few decades due to changes in the role of agriculture in Canadian society, and in the perception of the role of engineers in this field. Similarly, the CSBE has been adapting to these changes seeking renewal in order to be a sustainable entity. As the saying goes “Charity begins at home”, i.e. we have to sustain ourselves first. Let me share our experience at McGill wherein the degree offered by our undergraduate program was transformed in 2004 from a B.Sc. (Agr. Eng.) to a B.Eng. (Bioresource). The name of the department has undergone several changes: from “Agricultural Engineering” to “Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering” in 1995, and on to “Bioresource Engineering” in 2002, as it is known today. This along with changes in our curriculum to expand beyond the classical core agricultural engineering have helped us to attract many more undergraduates to our program. The number currently stands at around 220. Changes were also done at Université Laval which has programs in génie agroalimentaire, génie agroenvironmental and génie alimentaire that are attracting a good number of undergrads. A similar initiative was taken at the University of Manitoba’s Department of Biosystems Engineering where undergraduate student enrolment is high. At the University of Guelph, the School of Engineering has several programs including a Biological Engineering program which attract high numbers of undergraduate students. Given this scenario, how do we initiate a change in other campuses across Canada?? I wish to re-kindle this thought in the minds of our colleagues to consider this challenge to demonstrate the relevance of bioengineering programs in educating and training future generations of engineers in sustainable agriculture, food production and bioprocessing, and the environment.
Maman, c’est finiiiiii! (it’s over), well almost… Less than a month left in my President’s mandate. But this will be the busiest month so far… For one, I’m writing to you from some very dry place in Washington State’s Palouse region, quite close to where I took my PhD studies… Small world! Just a quick one for my past undergrad and grad students, and work trainees: I’m again tinkering on yet another seeder project, and t’is the time for long days… Hands on, hands dirty, dust and grease here and there, that’s me all right. So, some habits are hard to loose… but I am more patient, that I can tell you!
It’s March already, for all practical purpose winter storms are behind us in Manitoba, and probably anywhere else in Canada. This is the time of year where it is good to undertake new projects or put the shoulder to the wheel to achieve our goals.
For our dedicated professors, scientists and professionals of all specialties, it is time to ensure that search reports are completed and do some prayers to obtain coveted research grants. It is also time to think about your society annual conference. The Local Arrangement Committee members have worked hard to put in place all the logistics and venue, as well as an original technical program.
OK, I got it, BioE programs are not quite like old Agricultural Engineering…
In January of this year, Beijing’s mayor announced that his city was no longer “livable” on account of the air pollution levels that take a daily toll on its 21.5 million inhabitants. Today (November 30, 2015), never mind odours or visibility, airborne particulates reached 976 µgm-3, whereas the safe level is… 25 µgm-3.
My better half and I just returned from a business trip in China’s Inner Mongolia, where I presented some tips for the design of no-till corn planters, at No-Till & Conservation Tillage Workshop hosted by a local manufacturer, and chaired by Professor Li Hongwen, director of the National Soil Conservation Centre, housed in the College of Engineering of the China Agricultural University in Beijing. We also spent a couple days in Beijing, and we didn’t see the sun shine for very long…
Here we are, and the summer is almost gone... Did you notice we had a summer this year? Many odd weather patterns in several regions of the country. Record heatwave here, flood there, lengthy drought condition... Speaking of drought, did you know that our colleagues in the South have made headlines through the use of the code of practice ASABE / ICC 802-2014 Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard in the context of the exceptional measures put in place by the Government of California about the use of water by residents of communities? Kudos to our hydrologists whose experience has been used.
My garden has been making me think. Spring is a time of change and opportunity. My Gran taught me that if I put seeds in the ground now, they might grow into something yummy. If I don’t get around to planting anything, well, no fresh salad. Change and opportunity…
Preparations for the Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference in Edmonton are full steam ahead! Rick Atkins and his amazing team have put together a full slate of technical presentations, workshops suitable for professional development credit, and social events. The meeting will take place at the Delta Edmonton South from July 5-8, 2015. Come and join with your colleagues to enrich your professional lives, see what your old friends are up to, and network with some new ones! (www.csbe-scgab.ca/edmonton2015)