Dr. Digvir Jayas received 2015 Engineering Ambassador Award from the Partners In Research’s (PIR) whose mandate is to educate the public about the importance and significance of research within the biomedical and natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics domains. With these awards the PIR celebrates leading Canadian research, its promotion to the public through outreach activities and recognize the impact of this research on the lives of Canadians.
Dr. Digvir Jayas has been elected as President of Engineers Canada for 2015-2016 term. In the coming year, Dr. Jayas and the Engineers Canada Board will work with the engineering regulators to advance the profession in the public interest.
Dr. Ron Britton has been elected as President-Elect of the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers.
The Alternative Village is located on the west side of the University of Manitoba campus and is home to the Biosystems Strawable Research Facility and other test structures. Kris Dick, an associate professor in Biosystems Engineering, is the Director. Research on non-conventional materials, wood products, solar energy greenhouse, building envelope studies and alternative energy projects take place at the village. A recent article in the Canadian Consulting Engineer has an interview with Kris and highlights some of the activities. Read it at http://www.canadianconsultingengineer.com/features/the-alternative-village/.
CSBE/ SCGAB continued it's presence at Manitoba School Science Symposium (MSSS), provincial showcase event for school students to display their scientific knowledge by awarding one project each from senior and junior category which are related to bioengineering field. Tasneem Vahora, Annette Kroeker, Senthilkumar Thiruppathi and Aadesh Rahkra volunteered along with Chella Vellaichamy to choose the projects for CSBE awards. This year, out of 358 projects displayed, 22 found to be related to bioengineering field. Sydney Mangilit and Winnica Beltrano from Ecole River Heights won the junior category award for their project “Removal of Phosphorus through Phytoremediation”. Jordan Groening and George Camara from Grant Park High School won the senior category award for the project “Water Filtration”.
2015 CSBE/SCGAB award Winners- Junior category
2015 CSBE/SCGAB award Winner- Senior category
Judges (S. Thirupathi, A. Rahkra, C. Vellaichamy, T. Vahora and A. Kroeker) at MSSS competition
Sam Bradshaw (15 year member) is a graduate of the University of Guelph. Sam is a Certified Technician under the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and worked alongside agricultural engineers much of his career. He has a farm background and currently works as an Environmental Specialist with Ontario Pork www.ontariopork.on.ca and Farm & Food Care Ontario www.farmfoodcare.org . He deals with all environmental aspects of farming including; manure application and handling, building environments, soils, and environmental regulations. His advice to younger members; ‘Always be ready to accept new challenges’.
Terrence Sauvé. MSc. P.Eng. (9 year member) received his bioresource engineering degree at Macdonald (McGill) and masters in environmental engineering at the U of Ottawa. Terrence works for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at the Alfred Resource Centre www.omafra.gov.on.ca. After graduation, potential employers wondered what a bioresource engineer did. Now his job fits perfectly with his degree; biomass combustion, biogas optimization, safety of farm machinery and promoting and updating guidelines for using wood pellets for heating in Ontario. His advice to younger members; ‘Don’t be afraid to travel to network and find work, and be kind since you never know what contacts you can build and what “older folks” can teach you. This adds to invaluable “life” experience.’
Chris Kinsley, M.Eng., P.Eng. (15 year member) received his environmental engineering and masters of engineering degrees at McGill University and works for the U of Guelph. He recently transferred from Alfred College campus to Ridgetown College Campus. www.orwc.uoguelph.ca. Chris is a Researcher and Professor and his work focusses on the development of technologies to treat and valorize both rural and agri-food wastewater sources as well as manures and organic residuals. His advice to younger members; ‘Be open to new opportunities and challenges, both within the engineering discipline and within the larger socio-economic context of the work we do. The soft skills (communications, negotiation, management) are often as important as the core technical competencies we learned at University.’
Thomas MacPherson, P.Eng. (38 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree at MacDonald (McGill) and works at Agrodrain Systems Limited www.aslcontractors.com ASL owns and operates a 2,300 acre cash crop farm and installs subsurface drainage on farms mainly throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Tom has done a little international drainage work on salinity control and a land reclamation project in Scarp Mardan, Pakistan. His advice to younger members, ‘Enjoy and use this opportunity of learning new things to the fullest extent possible’
Professor Suresh Neethirajan, Biological Engineering of the University of Guelph received the 2015 Young Engineer Achievement Award from Engineers Canada, presented to a professional engineer under 35 for outstanding contributions in engineering. Established in 1972, Engineers Canada awards are national awards which honour the contributions of Canadian engineers to their profession, their community and well-being of Canadians.
Suresh Neethirajan is the first ever faculty from the University of Guelph and from the Canadian Society of Bioengineering to win this national award. Professor Neethirajan is considered as the Canadian leader in the area of microfluidics and bionanotechnology for agricultural, food safety and veterinary health applications.
The Bionanolab headed by Professor Suresh focuses on developing tools food safety and biological engineering applications through the fundamental and applied understanding of physico-chemical properties of bacterial biofilms and development of biosensing techniques. Microfluidic wound models mimicking skin for exploring polymicrobial interactions, rapid high-throughput drug screening platforms, smart surfaces for prevention of biofouling for food industries, biosensors for rapid detection of avian influenza virus, and Lab-on-a-chip diagnostics for bovine ketosis are some examples of the UofG’s bionanolab research inventions.
Professor Suresh received the prestigious 2014 Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation in recognition of his research excellence. He currently serves as the Vice-President (Technical) for the Canadian Society for Bioengineering, as a member of Academic Requirements Committee of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and as the chair of the emerging technologies development committee of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Professor Suresh was presented with the Engineering Medal for Young Engineer at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Calgary on May 21, 2015.