For the 2017-2018 term, several elected and appointed positions were opened. The Society would like to thanks the candidates who volunteer to keep our Society active!
I recently attended our 2017 AGM and Technical Conference held jointly in Winnipeg with the Commission Internationale du Génie Rural (CIGR) Section VI: Postharvet Technology and Process Engineering. Attached is a trip report to fill you in on what I would classify as an excellent conference! Some of you may be receiving it for a second or third time, for which I do sincerely apologize.
The format of the technical conference was commendable. We had plenary and invited speakers (professionals, industry, government, non-academic researchers, etc.) every morning from Monday to Wednesday, followed by technical presentations (primarily graduate students from academic institutions) in the afternoons on each of those days. We also had an engaged undergraduate student presence. What a wonderful event!
You are more than welcome to share the report with your peers in engineering, agriculture, forestry, food processing, medicine, economics, and several other endeavours. It’s amazing to learn just how much we are interconnected, and the opportunities that exist towards exponential integration across disciplines, especially here in Canada! Incidentally, the most recent edition of ASABE’s Resource magazine lauds the benefits associated with bioengineers that are educated in “systems management”.
Hope you enjoy the report!
Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE|SCGAB)
On August 26th, Lakeland College, located in Vermilion, Alberta, opened its new Dairy Learning Centre. The Dairy Learning Centre replaces the college’s previous dairy facility which was built in the 1980’s and will provide Lakeland students the opportunity to learn in a state of the art facility.
The 47,000 ft2 facility will house 120 Holstein milk cows and their associated replacement heifers and young stock.
This extra-large space also provides additional area for educational uses and a public viewing mezzanine.
Some additional features include:
The total cost of $9.5 million included funds from the federal Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and Alberta’s Growing Forward program.
More information can be found on their website: http://www.lakelandcollege.ca/about-lakeland/capital-construction/dairy-learning-centre.aspx
Profs. Oon-Doo Baik and Lope Tabil of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Prof. Scott Noble of the Department of Mechanical Engineering together with their graduate students and researchers attended the Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference of CSBE in Winnipeg, MB on August 6-10, 2017. There were 10 graduate students (Charley Sprenger, Obiora Agu, Shola Kareem, Jason Cousins, Shuyao Dong, Shamim Ahamed, Roland Macana, Tolen Moirangthem, Saeed Ghanbari, Jingjing Cabahug) and 2 researchers (Majid Soleimani and Bagher Emadi) in the group.
Students from the Bioresource Engineering Department of McGill (Ann Pille, Maxime Leclerc, Connor Miller, Mark Cool and Francis St-Aubin) went to the 2017 ASABE International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. They won awards in manufacturability, serviceability and craftsmanship. In addition they won the second position for the marketing presentation. The top three marketing presentations get an award as well as the opportunity to present at the ASABE conference in Spokane. Overall, the McGill team was ranked 11th out of 30 teams.
Grant Clark and Chandra Madramootoo won $3M support from AAFC Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Program for two projects related to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Grant’s project is about the application of biosolids from wastewater treatment plants to agricultural fields. Chandra’s project is about best practices for irrigation and water management to reduce GHG emissions. Here are the details:
Principal Investigator: Grant Clark - Affiliation: FAES – Dept. of Bioresources Engineering
Project title: Management strategies for nutrient use efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction from biosolids-amended soils in Canada.
Agriculture and Agrifood Canada Program: Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program AGGP2-033
Amount awarded: CDN $1,366,961 (2016-2020)
Collaborations: University of Dalhousie and University of Alberta and Industries
Description of the Project:This project aims to investigate management practices for use of municipal biosolids as a crop fertilizer and to quantify the effect of these practices on GHG emissions. Biosolids are a by-product of wastewater treatment plants and contain appreciable quantities of organic and inorganic nitrogen, as well as other plant nutrients (e.g., phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium), making them a valuable fertilizer for crop production.
Objectives and deliverables (milestones): The main objective of this project is to assess the effect of biosolid pre-treatment and application methods on N use efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, and C sequestration, under three distinct climatic conditions in Canada: Humid continental (Montreal), Atlantic maritime (Nova Scotia) and semi-arid Prairie (Edmonton). The collaborative and inter-regional nature of the project and the attention to comprehensive knowledge dissemination will result in best management practices of national and international utility.
Renewal of the initial project funded from 2010-2015
Principal Investigator: Chandra Madramootoo - Affiliation: FAES – Dept. of Bioresources Engineering
Project title: An Integrated Socio-economic and Biophysical Framework for Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Agricultural Water Management Systems in Eastern Canada
Agriculture and Agrifood Canada Program: Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program AGGP2-020
Amount awarded: CDN $ 1,608,712 (2016-2020)
Collaborations: University of Guelph, University of Dalhousie, University of Saskatchewan, AAFC Research stations in Harrow, Guelph and Saskatchewan and Industries.
Description of the Project: The project aims to investigate the effects of different beneficial water management systems in Eastern Canada on GHG emissions and the adoption of these BMPs by farmers in the region.
Objectives and deliverables (milestones): The principal objective is to identify, develop and disseminate information for beneficial water management practices which simultaneously reduces GHG emissions, increases agricultural productivity and produces environmental co-benefits.