Lorne Heslop, P.Eng., (43 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree at the U of Guelph. Lorne began his career as a design engineer, then chief engineer for a farm machinery manufacturer. He moved into agricultural mechanization research at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), spending almost a decade developing technology transfer and intellectual property policy and procedures for agricultural research. He finished his career as Director, Science Policy, then Director, Science and Innovation with the Research Branch of AAFC. A full experience from the application of engineering through to the policy foundations for science in agriculture. A tremendously enjoyable career! Lorne’s advice to younger members: ‘Be prepared for your career to evolve and change, ensure you are capable of and comfortable with communications, stand by your principles, then share these traits with others.’
Travis Rops (<1 year member) is in his final year of Mechanical Engineering, Co-op at the University of Guelph. He will finish in April 2016. He recently became a CSBE member, while attending a Careers Night at the U of G. He grew up on a cash crop farm outside Sarnia, Ontario where they cultivated corn, wheat and soybeans. Through co-op work terms he received training in HVAC design, quality control and project management/coordination. After graduation, he plans to begin training for pressure vessel design as per ASME Section VIII. As a young engineer, Travis would like to tell seasoned members that ‘When looking to hire recent Engineering grads, focus less on the major we chose and our marks, and instead speak with our previous employers. We’ve all become accustomed to learning new concepts rapidly and are eager to prove our abilities in the real world’.
Luke Dugard (<1 year member) is a recent graduate of Mechanical Engineering, Co-op, at the University of Guelph. He recently became a CSBE member, while attending a Careers Night at the U of G. Luke grew up on a cash crop farm in Durham, Ontario, but often helped with milking at their neighbour’s dairy farm. His latest Co-op job was working in the research and development department at MacDon industries. He was responsible for conducting field testing on swathers and draper headers across Midwestern North America and Australia. As a young engineer, Luke would like to tell seasoned members that ‘Experience is an essential part of any successful engineering team, but with the speed at which our industry is changing, you may be surprised at the new perspectives a young professional can provide’.
Stephen Clarke (33 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree at the U of Guelph. He is currently employed by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at Kemptville, Ontario (www.omafra.gov.on.ca). He is the provincial engineering specialist for on-farm energy systems, energy efficiency, and conservation, including alternative and renewable energy systems. He also works on biomass for heat and crop storage. Steve was raised on a beef farm in Northern Ontario and now lives in Eastern Ontario with his wife Carol Anne. Mr. Clarke is the recipient of 2007 Canadian Society for Bioengineering John Clark Award for his contributions in the fields of Electric Power and Processing, and Energy. Steve’s advice to younger members: ‘Ask a senior engineer to be your mentor’.
Jan Jofriet (42 year member) received his engineering degrees first in Amsterdam, Holland, then here in Waterloo. He was a professor at the University of Guelph for many years and is now retired. His area of expertise is (and was) structures, mechanics and mechanical behaviour of materials. He embraced numerical analysis since the late 60’s, but always remained cautious about accepting its results. Jan’s advice to younger members: ‘Treat every job as a new problem that warrants looking at all possible solutions, including those that appear ‘way out’. Don’t be afraid to take a calculated risk’.
Dr. Suresh Neethirajan, Director of the BioNano Lab and an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering was an invited speaker at the prestigious Royal Canadian Institute (RCI) for the Advancement of Science on February 4, 2016 at the Noel Ryan Auditorium, Mississauga. RCI is Canada’s oldest continuously functioning scientific society founded by Sir Sandford Fleming in 1849. The goal of RCI is to reach out to foster science literacy and science culture in Canada. Almost one in every 50 citizens of Toronto is a member of the Royal Canadian Institute. Dr. Neethirajan’s talk was titled “Good Things Come in Small Packages: Rapid Detection of Avian Flu”.
Webcast of Lecture: http://bit.ly/1VVLK6m
A University of Guelph bioengineering student has won the prestigious 2016 Sunnybrook Research Prize worth $10,000.
Robert Hunter beat out nine other finalists from across Canada. He presented his research on using biosensors for diagnosis, management and tracking of diabetes to a judging panel on Jan. 8, 2016 at the Sunnybrook Hospital of Toronto.
“My initial reaction was one of complete shock; there were a lot of great presentations from students from all over the country,” Hunter said.
“I didn’t think about it as a competition, more as a chance to share my work and ideas. This is the mindset I had going into it, so I felt very relaxed.”
The annual competition is intended to recognize excellence in undergraduate research and promote careers in biomedical research.
Hunter works in the University of Guelph’s BioNano Lab led by engineering professor Suresh Neethirajan. He plans to pursue graduate studies in bioengineering.
“Winning this prestigious and highly competitive Sunnybrook Research Prize is a remarkable achievement, and raises Guelph’s research profile at the national level,” Neethirajan said.
“This award will help Robert to continue to excel in academics and research. Enabling our students to get the best research experience at Guelph is truly rewarding.”
Hunter used microscopic materials to develop an inexpensive hand-held biosensor that rapidly detects diabetes in a user-friendly home test. It can distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes from the same droplet of blood.
It’s the second year in a row that a Guelph student was named a finalist. Last year, Guelph student Evan Wright, who also works in Neethirajan’s lab, made the final round.
Dr. G S Vijaya Raghavan was elected as Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) Fellow in recognition of valuable contribution to the profession of Agricultural Engineering in India. The 50th Annual Convention was held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India (January 19-21, 2016). Congratulation Dr. Raghavan!