Glenn Downing Award

This award is presented annually to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research, or extension in the area of machinery systems, or bioenergy systems. The recipient is selected from nominations from at least three members of CSBE/SCGAB. and must have been a member of the Society for at least five years.

Ce prix est décerné chaque année à un membre qui s'est distingué dans le domaine du machinisme agricole ou en bioénergie par l'enseignement, la recherche, la vulgarisation ou le travail en industrie. Le récipiendaire du prix Glenn-Downing est choisi parmi les candidats mis en nomination par trois membres et est membre de la SCGAB/CSBE depuis au moins cinq ans.

Nomination Form

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2015 Glenn Downing award

carol-plouffeDr. Carol Plouffe, is the Manager, Virtual Design and Verification at Deere & Company. Dr. Plouffe is recognized for his innovative research in modeling and testing of soil-crop to machine interactions and for leading the development and implementation of enterprise processes and competencies to support simulation-based design in early phases of product development. His work on the application of the multi-physics methods to off-road machinery is innovative and the stateof- the-art research that is readily applicable to the design and development of off-road equipment. He has been an active member and leader in all of the ASABE technical committees dealing with soil-crop to machine interactions, traction, and soil/crop sensors. Since 1999, he has been an associate-Editor for the Journal of Terramechanics and an active reviewer for numerous journals (Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal, Transactions of the ASABE, Applied Engineering in Agriculture, and Computers and Electronics in Agriculture). Carol has demonstrated excellent leadership skills. He has good relationships with his employer and employees, and he addresses concerns from his subordinates and resolves their problems in a timely fashion. Carol is an excellent team player as demonstrated by collaborative work with many other engineers within Deere & Co., and university researchers across North America. He is a hard worker, and demonstrates excellent work ethics. Those who have worked with him can attribute to these qualities. Carol has excellent communication skills in both French and English. Carol contributes to the community through volunteering in kids soccer and hockey teams. He enjoys sports and is himself a formidable hockey player.

Dr. Carol Plouffe est superviseur de la conception et de l’analyse virtuelle chez Deere & Company. Dr. Plouffe est reconnu pour ses recherches novatrices dans la modélisation et l'expérimentation des interactions sol-culture avec la machinerie. Il dirige aussi l’élaboration et la mise en oeuvre des processus et des compétences nécessaires pour appuyer les premières étapes du développement de produits basés sur la simulation. Son travail sur l'application des méthodes multi-physiques aux machines hors-route est novateur et ses méthodes de recherche, toujours dans les règles de l’art, rendent facile le transfert des technologies à la conception et au développement des équipements. Il a été un membre actif et un leader dans tous les comités techniques de l’ASABE traitant de l’interaction des machines avec le sol et la culture, de la traction et des capteurs sols/cultures. Depuis 1999, il a été rédacteur associé pour le Journal of Terramechanics et un réviseur actif pour de nombreuses revues dont Le génie des biosystèmes au Canada, Transactions of the ASABE, Applied Engineering in Agriculture et Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. Carol a démontré d'excellentes compétences en leadership. Il a de bonnes relations avec son employeur et les employés, il répond aux préoccupations de ses subordonnés et il résout leurs problèmes en temps opportun. Carol est un excellent coéquipier comme il a su le démontrer dans le cadre de travaux en collaboration avec de nombreux ingénieurs chez Deere & Co. et plusieurs chercheurs universitaires en Amérique du Nord. Il est un travailleur acharné et il démontre une excellente éthique de travail. Ceux qui le côtoient peuvent en témoigner. Carol communique aussi bien en français qu’en anglais. Carol contribue à la communauté en faisant du bénévolat auprès des enfants dans des équipes de soccer et de hockey. Il aime les sports et il est lui-même un excellent joueur de hockey.

2014 Glenn Downing Award

zamanQAMAR UZ ZAMAN, PhD is the recipient of the 2014 Glenn DowningAward in recognition of his outstanding work in industry, teaching, research, and extension in the area of machinery systems.Dr. Zaman established the Precision Agriculture Research Program (PARP) in Atlantic Canada to increase farm profitability and reduce environmental risks. He has developed a strong and effective partnership with industry, government, and other institutions to support PA research needs.He has been playing a very active role in receiving funding consistently and continuously, by federal and provincial governments, international funding agencies, industry partners, and grower’s associations, which allowed his research team to establish state-of-the art facilities for carrying PA systems research.

Dr. Zaman is now one of the pioneers in the field of PA and has already invented cost-effective VR technology for spot application of agrochemicals. In fact, he has received the US Patent # 2012/0195496 A1 and Canadian Patent #7231-1 for the invention of his VR Sprayer System. He saved significant amount of agrochemicals and decreased Nitrate-Nitrogen concentration in ground water with VRT in blueberry fields. He is very confident these viable, affordable, reliable and farmer friendly technologies can be implemented in North America to reduce production cost and environmental impacts.

Teaching has been a major part of Dr. Zaman’s academic duties in the past several years. His teaching evaluations, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, are very exemplary. One of his primary goals has been the training of highly qualified individuals.  Dr. Zaman, during the past six years, has supervised many undergraduate students as well as 5 post-doctoral fellows, 6 international researchers, 9 M.Sc. and 5 Ph.D. students.  He has conducted several workshops at local, national and international levels. Dr. Zaman published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals. One of his publications was featured on the cover page of a North American Journal, HortTechnology. He is highly sought out for national/international seminars and workshops, and has made over 100 conference, industry and extension presentations over the past few years. He also published articles in grower’s magazines, newspapers and developed fact sheets and operational manuals for growers and industry use. His research was promoted in different national and international television channels and is available on Google Video and YouTube.

Dr. Zaman is recognized internationally for his accomplishments in fundamental and applied PA research. He has worked in four internationally renowned PA programs including the University of Florida, University of Agriculture, Pakistan, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and Dalhousie University Canada. He has been serving as visiting professor in Pakistani universities. He delivered lectures in several international seminars as invited/keynote speaker and resource person in several countries

2013 Glenn Downing Award

damoursMr. Luc D’Amours has made significant contributions to the profession by developing innovative agricultural machinery and taking a leadership role in the manufacturing industry. Luc developed a spin-off company, FLD Biomass, in 2008 with his colleague Frédéric Lavoie to commercialize the Biobaler. This technology harvests small diameter woody crops and fibrous material and was recognized by ASABE with an AE 50 Innovation Award in 2011. In 2009, FLD Biomass merged with the Anderson Group in Chesterville, QC. Luc’s organizational skills were soon recognized as he was named Director of Operations in 2009. He now supervises 60 workers in the plant. Luc developed his design skills as an active member of Université Laval’s tractor team ULtrac during his undergraduate and graduate student years from 2000 to 2007. During ASABE ¼ Scale Tractor Competiton, ULtrac won first place in 2002 and 2nd place in 2003 and 2006. During four and a half years as a graduate student and research assistant, Luc contributed to 6 peer-reviewed papers, 23 conference presentations and 9 other publications including two patents which lead to the development of the biobaler.

2016    No recipient
2015    Carol Plouffe
2014    Qamar Zaman
2013    Luc D'Amour
2012    Hubert Landry
2011    Danny Mann
2010    Daniel Massé   
2009    No award
2008    Mark Stumborg
2007    Roger Thériault
2006    Ying Chen
2005    Bernard Panneton
2004    Robert Horne
2003    Sylvio Tessier
2002    Richard P. Atkins
2001    Claude Laguë
2000    David R. Hundeby
1999    James D. Wasserman
1998    Neil B. McLaughlin
1997    No award
1996    Philippe Savoie
1995    Reed J. Turner
1994    Edward McKyes
1993    R. Lal Kushwaha
1992    James N. Wilson
1991    Wm B. Reed
1990    No award
1989    Gerry C. Zoerb
1988    H. Page Harrison*
1987    Luc Choiniere

* Deceased