CSBE-SCGAB
Perspectives Newsletter Fall 2014 Edition
Monday, 15 December 2014 12:31

Few Words From President Grant Clark

grant-clarkTime flies like an arrow”, as they say, (and “Fruit flies like a banana!”) The past several months have slipped by quickly and the New Year is upon us! Our priority as a society remains the delivery of value to our membership through our meetings, publications, and organizational linkages.

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As you can see from the following list of awards, our Society offers awards that cover a variety of interest areas. This year our Regional Directors will be nudging some of you to nominate a fellow member for an award. Let’s make sure that these awards are presented next summer in Edmonton. Please refer to our Website for more details. Deadline to submit nominations to the Society Manager is Jan 30, 2015. The Society Manager will forward the nominations to the Awards Selection Committee.

Maple Leaf Award

Given to honor CSBE/SCGAB members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession. It is the highest award made by the Society. Given for outstanding personal qualities, society activities, and professional abilities.

Young Engineer of the Year Award
Given to encourage younger members of the Society who are under 40 years of age. This award recognizes outstanding contributions through design and development, extension and management or research and teaching

John Turnbull Award
This award is given annually to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in the structural field in industry, teaching, research or extension.

Industrial Award
The basis for selection of the award may include, but not be limited to, the ingenuity, significance and entrepreneurship involved and the contribution to society and to the profession.  The Awards Committee, from nominations by three CSBE/SCGAB members, shall select the recipient of the award.

John Clark Award

This award, given in memory of John Clark, is given to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in one or more of the fields of Energy, Electric Power, Processing, or Food Engineering".

Glenn Downing Award
This award is presented to the CSBE/SCGAB member who has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in the area of Power and Machinery.

Jim Beamish Award
The Jim Beamish Award was established in 1989 to honour the memory of the first President of CSBE/SCGAB and a long time worker in Soil and Water Engineering and Water Management.  This award is given to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research and extension in the area of soil and water.  The Alumni Committee of Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) sponsors the award.

Visit the Awards section on our website for more information.

IT’S TIME TO NOMINATE YOUR COLLEAGUE TO BE DESIGNATED AS A 2015 CSBE FELLOW. This year our Regional Directors will be nudging some of you to nominate a fellow member to receive the designation of FELLOW. Please refer to our Website for more details. Deadline to submit nominations to the Society Manager is Jan 30, 2015. The Society Manager will forward the nomination to the Fellows Selection Committee.

The designation "Fellow" shall have honorary status, to which members of distinction may be elected, but for which they may not apply. A Fellow shall be a member of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural, food, and/or biological engineering, and shall have met all the requirements for the grade of member. A Fellow shall have been a member of the Society for ten years, and have twenty years of active practice in the profession. 

The nomination must be supported by ten members in good standing. Visit the Fellow Awards section on our website for more information.

Published in Notices to Members
Sunday, 14 December 2014 11:50

From the Journal Editor R. Sri Ranjan

Thanks for the funding support from the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation and the donation of printed edition of the past journal volumes from Mr. Denyse LeBlanc, the entire Canadian Biosystems Engineering journal papers are fully accessible online now.  All the papers were scanned and processed with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to make it fully searchable.  From Volume 1 to Volume 42 there are two sets of files available for download.  The “raw” file is the image file, which is the scanned image and is not searchable.  The “ocr” file is the processed file that is searchable.  However, the OCR process may not recognize the difference between some letters and numbers resulting errors.   In those cases you can refer to the original “raw” file.   Our Webmaster René Morissette was kind enough to build the interface to make it accessible.   Our journal was published online from Volume 42 onwards.

By joining the CrossRef in 2013, all the CBE journal papers have been assigned Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers.  The DOI will enable our papers to be easily searchable and accessible from every paper that references these papers.  Membership in CrossRef has increased the visibility of our papers through numerous indexing services affiliated with CrossRef.   Recently, we signed a memorandum of understanding with CNKI Scholar in China to publicize our papers in China.   This will increase the visibility of our papers worldwide.

I contacted the Browzine app developers to link our CBE journal to their app which they did.   Now, our papers are easily accessible through the Browzine app that allows you to easily access and download the papers onto your iPad/Android devices for offline reading.  

A concerted effort has been made to decrease the time to publication.  Our Section Editors have been pushing to have the reviews done within four weeks.   These efforts have helped improve the time of publication.   We need the cooperation and timely action from our volunteer reviewers to maintain this momentum. Thank you all for your continued support. 

Published in Notices to Members
Friday, 12 December 2014 13:01

News from VP Membership

Renewal Time.   Decemberis membership renewal time. If you have not already done so, please complete your renewal form and send in with your cheque or credit card payment. Thank you.

Student Membership.   Did you and your faculty advisors know that a first time student membership can last up to 16 months? It’s true. If a student (graduate or undergraduate) first joins CSBE/SCGAB in September at the start of a school year; the student membership is good for the remainder of that calendar year and the entire following calendar year. Subsequent student membership renewals are on a calendar year basis similar to all other membership classifications. However, if a student first joins CSBE/SCGAB during the months of January through August, that membership is only good for the remainder of that calendar year. Therefore best membership value is for a student to join during the fall semester.

Awards for Members.   This is also the time of year to start thinking about the various awards available to the membership at large. These range from a host of student project and thesis awards to recognizing members for various outstanding contributions to the engineering profession. Faculty advisors please ensure the students (both graduate and under-graduate) are made aware of these awards since many schools miss these opportunities to help reward new knowledge. Members take a look around your department or organization and consider nominating a deserving colleague for one of the 7 engineering awards available each year. You may even identify a worthy candidate to receive a Fellow or Member Emeritus designation. Please visit our website and review the award categories and consider either applying or nominating a deserving member. 

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Friday, 12 December 2014 13:00

Department of Biosystems Engineering News

Ron Britton was named an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba at their Annual Meeting on October 24, 2014.

Published in Manitoba Regional News
Friday, 12 December 2014 12:59

Interested in Biochar research?

by Pete de Graaf

Biochar is a solid material obtained from the carbonization of biomass and it is mainly used for soil amendment purposes. Researchers from Oregon State University are collaborating with Walking Point Farms LLC, Tigard, OR for developing an interesting product and have received funding for further development of a biochar product that they claim increases wheat yields considerably. For more details about this project, visit: http://oregonbest.org/news-events/news/item/news/News/action/detail/story/building-a-commercial-market-for-biochar/

Published in Manitoba Regional News
Friday, 12 December 2014 12:53

Five Ontario members to discover

Here’s news about a few Ontario members so readers can learn more about the wide range of what our members do and allow them to pass along some advice to other members

Hugh Fraser, MSc., P.Eng., (34 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree and masters in agricultural engineering at the U of Guelph. He is from a dairy farm in Quebec and works for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at Vineland. www.omafra.gov.on.ca  Hugh works in the engineering aspects of horticulture, especially crop protection and post-harvest handling. He has training in measurement and abatement of agricultural noise nuisance, and deals a lot in mediation of noise issues. Hugh’s advice to younger members: ‘Remember that no question is too stupid to ask, and don’t be afraid to think completely outside the box when trying to solve complex problems.’

Tyler Hilsden, P.Eng., (1 year member) works for Alo Canada Inc. in Niagara Falls www.alo.ca He first graduated from Niagara College, then from Lakehead University in Mechanical Engineering. Although a new CSBE member, he previously worked for 11 years in the development and support of agricultural equipment such as front end loaders and rotary cutters at John Deere.  Currently, he provides technical support for installation and repair of front end loaders, including hydraulic testing, troubleshooting, problem reporting and design improvement recommendations. His advice to younger members: ‘Time spent preventing a problem before it ever occurs is time well spent.’

Harry Huffman, P.Eng., (39 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree at the U of Guelph. He is from a dairy farm in the Quinte Region of Ontario and was an extension engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at London for 29 years. He now operates an independent engineering practice to the livestock and poultry industry. He specializes in new and renovated barn ventilation design and ventilation system troubleshooting. Harry’s advice to younger CSBE members: ‘Try to break down complex engineering problems into several components or sections which can be more easily managed in stages.’

Kevin LaPaire, P.Eng., (12 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree at the U of Saskatchewan. He grew up in an urban setting, but worked on farms and ranches. He first worked for a short-line equipment manufacturer, then the design and building of railway maintenance equipment, then the structural steel industry in plant engineering, HR and sales/project management. Currently, he works for Container Design Services, Petrolia, specializing in custom racking, primarily for the automotive industry. A sister company Farm Energy has developed a modular anaerobic digestion system for the swine industry. Kevin’s advice to new grads: ‘Do not limit yourself too much in one engineering field; knowledge of other disciplines is key; do not be afraid of tasks unrelated to your education as this is the only way you will grow.’  www.containerdesign.com/

Kevin McKague,MSc., P.Eng., CPESC (32 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree and masters in water resources engineering at the U of Guelph. He considers himself fortunate to work in a ‘core agricultural engineering’ field of soil and water as there are not many of those jobs available. He grew up on a beef farm in SW Ontario and many of the skills he learned there, he still applies today. He works for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at Woodstock on issues related to rural non-point pollution control, soil and water quality, green energy and climate change. www.omafra.gov.on.ca  Kevin’s advice to new grads: ‘When solving problems, try looking at how nature does it in her/his intelligent design…after mimicking a burdock plant, I bet the inventor of VelcroTM didn’t do too badly financially!’ 

Published in Ontario Regional News

We are proud to announce that the CIGR International Conference will be held in Québec City in 2020. Thanks to Stéphane Godbout, who is the CSBE representative to the CIGR, for leading this proposal. The application was selected during the XVIIIth CIGR World Congress in Beijing, China in September 2014.

Friday, 12 December 2014 11:48

Welcome to new CSBE/SCGAB members!

On behalf of all CSBE/SCGAB members, the Council would like to welcome the 27 new members who joined the Society between August 2014 and November 2014

Bernard Goyette
Mirja Maja
Katrina H. Schuler
Angela C. Pasquale
Leslie S. Enerson
Jared Werner
Charley J. Sprenger
Mr MD Shamim Ahamed
Alanna L. Howell

Oluwafemi A. Oyedeji
Vikramaditya G. Yadav
Quan Sophia He
Andrea M. Hesketh
Tanishq Verma
Israel A. Hernandez
Shene P. Damphousse
Mathieu Fillion
Jose M. De Castro
Mariana J. Cheung
Jonathan A. Durand
K.C. Kiesman
Garrett Q. Malkowich
Behzad Bashiri
Tyler McClendon
Orla Williams
Inneke Victor
Jordan D. Cruise
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