CSBE-SCGAB
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 15:11

Shiv Om Prasher

2016 Maple Leaf Award

shiv prasherProfessor Shiv Om Prasher joined the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University in 1983 and he was promoted to the full Professor status in 1996. He was named James McGill Professor in 2003. In 2004, Dr. Prasher received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Dalhousie University. He was elected to the grade of Fellow by CSBE in 2007. He served CSBE as its President in 2010-11. The Society for Applied Biotechnology recognized Dr. Prasher in 2012 by awarding him with a Life Time Achievement Award. He was also made a Fellow of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineering in 2012. Dr. Prasher has supervised over 70 MSc and PhD students and published more than 300 research articles in refereed journals and proceedings. Shiv has made significant contributions in the area of soil and water quality management. His research program has addressed the crucial challenges of sustaining agricultural production while protecting the environment. He has extensively worked on the development of on-farm pollution control practices, computer modeling of subsurface-drained watersheds, precision crop management systems, pesticide fate and transport, use of artificial intelligence in soil hydrology, and the design and operation of water table management systems. Presently, his research efforts are dealing not only with the determination of the fate and transport of emerging contaminants in agricultural soils, with particular attention to veterinary antibiotics and estrogen hormones, but also with the development of on-farm best management practices, such as constructed wetlands, soil biochar amendments, use of super absorbent polymers, to minimize this pollution.

Professeur Shiv Om Prasher a joint le Département de génie des bioressources de l'Université McGill en 1983 et il a été promu au statut de professeur titulaire en 1996. Il a été nommé professeur James McGill en 2003. En 2004, le Dr Prasher a reçu un doctorat honorifique en droit de l'Université Dalhousie. Il a été élu au grade de Fellow par la CSBE-SCGAB en 2007. Il a servi CSBE-SCGAB comme président en 2010-11. La Society of Applied Biotechnology lui a décerné le Prix prestigieux du 'Life Time Achievement Award' en 2012. 2012. Il a également été élu, en 2012, au grade de Fellow par la 'Indian Society of Agricultural Engineering'. Dr. Prasher a supervisé plus de 70 étudiants de maîtrise et de doctorat et publié plus de 300 articles de recherche dans des revues scientifiques à comité de lecture et dans des 'proceedings'. Shiv a fait des contributions importantes dans le domaine de la gestion des sols et de la qualité de l'eau. Son programme de recherche vise à résoudre les défis prépondérants visant à soutenir la production agricole tout en protégeant l'environnement. Il a beaucoup travaillé sur le développement des pratiques de contrôle de la pollution sur les fermes, la modélisation des bassins versants des sols drainés, les systèmes de gestion des cultures de précision, le comportement des pesticides dans le sol et l'eau, l'utilisation de l'intelligence artificielle en hydrologie, et le développement et la gestion des systèmes de contrôle de la nappe phréatique. Présentement, ses efforts de recherche sont axés non seulement sur la détermination et la mobilité des contaminants émergents (antibiotiques vétérinaires et œstrogènes) dans les sols agricoles, mais aussi avec le développement de meilleures pratiques de gestion, telles que l'aménagement de marais artificiels, les amendements de biochar au sol, l'utilisation de polymères super-absorbants, pour minimiser cette pollution.

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Monday, 14 September 2015 13:20

Stefan Cenkowski

2015 Maple Leaf Award

stefanDr. Stefan Cenkowski joined the University of Manitoba in 1988 after Postdoctoral training at the University of Saskatchewan and Cranfield University in England. He is a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM). Stefan's research expertise is in the area of bioprocess engineering involving heat and mass transfer, mathematical modelling, computer simulations, and properties of biological materials. With his students and research partners, he has published over 130 refereed articles in well-known scientific journals. Stefan's teaching interests lie in engineering properties of biological materials, rheology, food engineering, drying, processing of biological materials and understanding the impact of processing conditions on the final product. In the past, he has taught a number of courses to undergraduate and graduate students, and trained over 50 graduate students and other highly qualified personnel. He received the CSBE John Clark Award in 2005 and CSBE Fellow status in 2012 for his outstanding contributions through work in bioprocess engineering. Stefan’s personal quality includes a good sense of humor which optimistically influences others in the Department. He has a strong sense of self and confidence of his capacity, which provides a solid foundation for his success in research. He also has ability to work well with others while pursuing a common goal. He has the necessary skills in communication, prioritization, and organization. He achieved his career goals through persistence, dedication, and commitment.

Dr. Stefan Cenkowski a rejoint l'Université du Manitoba en 1988, après une formation postdoctorale à l'Université de la Saskatchewan et à l'Université de Cranfield en Angleterre. Il est un ingénieur professionnel membre de l'Association des Ingénieurs et des Géoscientistes du Manitoba (APEGM). L'expertise en recherche de Stefan est dans le domaine de l'ingénierie des bioprocédés impliquant transfert de chaleur et de masse, modélisation mathématique, des simulations informatiques et les propriétés des matériaux biologiques. En collaboration avec ses étudiants et partenaires de recherche, il a publié plus de 130 articles révisés par les pairs dans des revues scientifiques renommées. Les intérêts pédagogiques de Stefan sont les propriétés mécaniques des matériaux biologiques, la rhéologie, le génie alimentaire, le séchage, la transformation des matériaux biologiques et la compréhension de l'impact des conditions de transformation sur le produit final. Dans le passé, il a enseigné plusieurs cours de premier cycle et de cycles supérieurs, formé plus de 50 étudiants gradués et autres professionnels hautement qualifiés. La CSBE/SCGAB lui a décerné le Prix John Clark en 2005 et le rang de Fellow en 2012 pour ses contributions exceptionnelles de par son travail en génie biologique. Une qualité personnelle de Stefan appréciée de ses collègues au département est son bon sens de l'humour, ce qui influence tout le monde positivement. Il a une forte estime de luimême et cette confiance qu’il dégage lui fournit la base solide de son succès en recherche. Il a également une excellente capacité à travailler avec les autres, tout en poursuivant un objectif commun. Il a les compétences nécessaires en matière de communication, des priorités et de l'organisation. Il a atteint ses objectifs de carrière grâce à sa persévérance, son dévouement et son engagement.

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Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:14

Bernard Panneton

2014 Maple Leaf Award

pannetonBERNARD  PANNETON, ing. PhD, CSBE/SCGAB FELLOW is the recipient of the CSBE-SCGAB Maple Leaf Award for 2014 in recognition of  his outstanding contributions to engineering for agricultural, food and biological systems through service to CSAE/SCGR and ASBAE through Research, Extension and Teaching activities.

Bernard obtained a BSc in agricultural engineering from Laval University in 1980, an MSc in agricultural engineering from Laval University in 1982, an MSc.A. from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 1984 and a PhD from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 1988. Since 1988, he has worked as a research scientist for the Horticultural Research and Development Centre (Agriculture and Agri-food Canada) at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. His main areas of research are engineering for plant protection, applied spectroscopy, precision agriculture and data analysis. He was involved in research activities at the regional, national and international levels.

Dr Panneton was granted two patents on sprayer technology that reduced the environmentl impact. He published over 54 scientific papers including over 40 as first or second author. He also published 8 book chapters, was editor on 2 books on physical control methods for plant protection and has authored many research and technical reports. He presented papers at several scientific and technical meeting at the regional, national and international levels. He has been adjunct professor at Laval University in the departments of Agricultural Engineering, Plant Science and Mechanical Engineering and at Université de Sherbrooke in the MSc  program in Environmental Studies. He served on several scientific and technical committees for CSABE/SCGAB, ASABE, CIGR and for specialized scientific conferences worldwide. He was Associate Editor for the Canadian Biosystem Engineering Journal from 2002 to 2006. He chaired the NSERC Mechanical Engineering Committee - Fluid for 2 years. On a continuous basis since 1990, Dr Panneton supervised undergraduate as well as graduate students (MSc and PhD) who came to his laboratory to perform experimental work. Dr Panneton received a Superior ASAE Paper in 2001, the CSBE Glenn Downing Award in 2005 and became Fellow of the CSBE in 2010.

Dr. Panneton is well known for his integrity and scientific ability. His publications and reviews of scientific manuscripts are noted for their depth, thoroughness, and scientific rigor. He often says to students that engineering is putting science to work and that good engineering should be based on a good understanding of the best science available. This is the challenge he offered to the students who came to his laboratory for training and clearly, he always did his best and succeeded in standing up to this challenge.

As a researcher, he always took pride in performing technology transfer to the farming community. His numerous talks on spray application technology contributed to the adoption of better practices that resulted in reduced pesticide use that contributed to better environmental and human health.

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