L‟Ordre national du Québec is the highest honour bestowed by the Province of Québec. Mme Angèle St-Yves, ing. was named Knight (Chevalière) of the National Order of Québec.
Mrs. St-Yves was one of the first women in Québec to practice both as an engineer and an agronomist. She was the first woman president of the Ordre des agronomes and the Association des ingénieurs en génie rural.
A biographical note and the speech of Premier of Quebec during the ceremony are available on line at: http://www.ordre-national.gouv.qc.ca/recherche_details.asp?id=800
L' Ordre national du Québec a honoré le 3 juin dernier Mme Angèle St-Yves, ing.. Mme St-Yves a été faite chevalière de l'Ordre national du Québec, la plus haute distinction décernée par le gouvernement du Québec
Angèle St-Yves est l‟une des premières femmes à avoir exercé à la fois la profession d‟ingénieure et celle d‟agronome au Québec. Elle fut la première femme présidente de l‟Ordre des agronomes ainsi que de l‟Association des ingénieurs en génie rural.
Une note biographique et l'allocution du premier ministre du Québec, prononcée lors de la remise de l'insigne, sont disponibles en ligne :http://www.ordre-national.gouv.qc.ca/recherche_details.asp?id=800
From time to time various agencies request that the CSBE/SCGAB office supply the list of members for the distribu-tion of certain products. Your Secretary, James Townsend, is reluctant to do so since we all have too much spam as it is. My approach will be to list the agencies, and their products, in each Perspectives Newsletter so that members can make personal contact with the agencies if they so wish.
Papers and abstracts presented at the XVIIth World Congress of CIGR are now available on the web. They can be reached through the permanent archives of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering.
The International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (www.cigr.org) held its World Congress for the first time in Canada (Québec City) on June 13-17, 2010. A total of 746 papers were presented; 750 delegates from 46 different countries participated at the congress.
Dr. Ernie Barber was appointed as Acting Dean of the College of Engineering at the Univer-sity of Saskatchewan, effective July 1, 2010. Dr. Barber is a long-time member of CSBE and began his academic career as faculty member in the college. Since then, he has held various senior academic and administrative positions within the University. His most recent appointment was Vice-Provost responsible for teaching and learning at the University.
During 2009-10, the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan undertook an administrative restruc-turing. A new department structure was approved by University Council in June and effective July 1, 2010, the de-partments of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering and Chemical Engineering were merged into a new Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. This merger has no direct impact on the undergraduate or graduate programs that were offered by the previous departments. The new department will continue to deliver two separate undergraduate programs: Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. No changes have been made to either of these programs as a result of the restructuring. As well, graduate programs were not affected, nor is funding for graduate students. Professor Charles Maule, Limited Member (Engineering) has been appointed Acting Department Head. The College Executive and members of the Department has expressed its sincere appreciation to Professor Lope Tabil, P.Eng, for his years of service as department head of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering. Faculty, staff, and students of the previous Department of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering also recognize the years of service, teaching, and dedication of two staff and two faculty whose employment ended on June 30, 2010 as a result of the restructuring.
Dr. Lope Tabil was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Agricultural Engineering at China Agricultural Univer-sity (CAU) (Beijing, China) on July 2-22, 2010. While there, he offered a course on Postharvest Technology to graduate students in the said university. He also held numerous meetings while there for research collaboration be-tween the UofS and CAU as well as Shenyang Agricultural University (Shenyang, China).
Picture: Dr. Tabil with colleagues (seated) and graduate students (standing) at China Agricultural University in Beijing, China.
Prof. Ross Welford, P.Eng. attended the 10th Annual Conference on Precision Agriculture in Denver, Colorado in July (http://www.icpaonline.org/). The conference had over 500 attendees from 42 different countries. There were papers and posters on a wide variety of topics ranging from education, agronomy, sensing, machines, and live-stock. One of the outcomes from the conference was the formation of a new technical society: The International Society of Precision Agriculture (http://www.internationalsocietyofprecisionagriculture.org/). It was an interesting op-portunity to see how people in different areas of the world continue innovating to provide enough food for the earth.
Dr. Venkatesh Meda, Associate Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, spearheaded the signing of an International Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India in June 2010. He was a part of the Saskatchewan delegation to India that was led by the Honourable Rob Norris, Saskatchewan Minister for Advance Education, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. There will be collaborative R & D initiatives including joint exchanges of faculty, students and researchers.
Dr. Meda pursued his on-going R & D effort with the Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER), I.I.T. Campus, Mumbai with whom a MOA has already been developed. He was an invited speaker at several Conferences/Workshops including: IICPT, Tanjore; UDCT, Mumbai; Madras University, Chennai; Lakshminarayana Institute of Technology, Nagpur; ICAR, Government of India and in Europe, at the ATB, Potsdam, Germany; and BOKU, Vienna. In February, Dr. Meda attended a Workshop at Ege University, Turkey as part of ISEKI-Mundus EU Project underway on “Integrating Safety and Environment (ISEKI) in Global Food Studies”.
Welcome to Dr. Sharanakumar Hiregoudar, Visiting faculty from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka, India. He will be working with Dr. V. Meda on Emerging Technologies in Agri-Food Processing; includ-ing Nano applications for six months starting August 2010.
Picture: Dr. Meda (second from right) with SK Minister Rob Norris (fourth from left) and their counterparts during the UofS–IICPT MOU signing event, June 7, 2010, New Delhi, India
Hugh Fraser, MSc. P.Eng., Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at Vineland recently wrote the Factsheet, Wind machines for minimizing cold injury to horticul-tural crops (Order #10-045). It lists many Best Management Practices for operation for the 500 wind machines in Ontario which are mostly used to protect grapes from cold injury. See http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/10-045.htm
The University of Saskatchewan Sled Dogs ¼ Scale Tractor Team placed 4th overall in a field of over 20 competitors at this year‟s American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE) ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design.
Left to right: Dr. Scott Noble (Faculty Advisor), Allison Graham, Tyrone Keep, Dallas Nelson, Brian Gould, Stacey Braun, Zack Martin (Captain), Joel McDonald, Shawn Turner, Tyler Keet, Stephan Kop-chynski, Dr. Terry Fonstad (Faculty Advisor)