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Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:22

News from University of Saskatchewan

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.

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The second CSBE Information Night was held in the Hardy Lab of the Engineering Building at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) on March 10, 2017.

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The main goal of having the event was to introduce CSBE to new and existing graduate students in Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering as well as to have pleasant networking with delicious foods. Graduate students, faculty and staff in Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at U of S were invited and more than 50 people showed up in the event.

The Vice-President (technical) of CSBE, Dr. Venkatesh Meda gave a presentation about CSBE for half an hour. The presentation included the multi-disciplinary scope of CSBE and career opportunities in the field of agriculture, food, Bio-systems, chemical, and environmental engineering including benefits as a CSBE member. After the CSBE introductory presentation, Alison Graham from Seed Hawk Inc. made a short presentation on Young Professionals Community (YPC) of ASABE. She emphasized the opportunities and benefits from participating in YPC. 

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Most importantly, people enjoyed pizza, chicken wings, snacks, cake and drinks very much in the nice Friday evening. The program started at 4:30 pm and ran for around two hours.   

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:17

New SK regional director

Dr. Oon-Doo Baik, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at U of S agreed to serve as a SK regional director from 2017. The former reginal director, Dr. V. Meda introduced Dr. Baik during the CSBE Information night event.  Dr. Baik briefly expressed his perception of the role of a regional director of CSBE. He valued networking as the word “society” in CSBE meant to be.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:16

Travel Bursary Award

BLE Ph.D. student Robbarts Nongmaithem was awarded travel bursary from International Student and Study Abroad Centre, U of S to visit NIFTEM (National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management), Government of India during October-November 2016 where he presented a seminar to the UG students in Food Science and Technology program and interacted with the faculty and graduate students.

This ongoing collaborative effort is part of an International MoU between NIFTEM and U of S led Dr. V. Meda, Chemical and Biological Engineering. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:20

Launch of CSBE-SK Students’ Chapter

The CSBE-SK Students’ Chapter launched officially on March 10, 2017. This is a brand new chapter for Saskatchewan region consisting of graduate students in Biological Engineering (BLE) for now but hopefully extended to other Engineering disciplines as well.

The executive team of the students’ chapter include Roland Macana (President), Robbarts Nongmaithem (Vice-President), Tolen Moirangthem (Secretary), and Charley Sprenger (Event organizer). All the executive members were introduced during the Information night as well. The students’ chapter will interact with CSBE SK professional members and will organize academic and social events for student members.

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CSBE-SK Students’ Chapter executive team in front of their chapter logo. (From Left to Right, Robbarts Nongmaithem, Tolen Moirangthem, Roland Macana, and Charley Sprenger)

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 13:36

Visit of NIFTEM UG students to U of Saskatchewan


9 top undergraduate students (years 1 through 4) from the National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, successfully completed ‘Food Technology Summer Research Internship 2016’ during July 22-30, 2016. Dr. V. Meda, Assoc. Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering was the lead Co-ordinator of this maiden summer internship program under the international MoU between the two institutions.  One faculty member Dr. A. Upadhyay accompanied the student delegation. The summer internship was jointly supported by the University’s international office(s), graduate students (Robbarts/Tolen) in biological engineering and the Colleges of Engineering/Agriculture and Bioresources.


Jingjing Cabahug, M.Sc. student in the Biological Engineering program at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, won the second prize of the R.O. Ball Young Scientist Award during the 2016 Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) held in Fairmont Banff Spring Hotel, Banff, Alberta on January 13, 2016. The award recognizes graduate students who provide the best overall combination of good and relevant science, well-written abstract, and excellent presentation. Cabahug presented her ADF-ADOPT-funded work done at the Prairie Swine Centre on the evaluation of ATP bioluminescence method for rapid assessment of cleanliness of commercial hog transport trailers, under supervision of Dr. Bernardo Predicala.


Jingjing Cabahug (right) with the competition organizer and the other winner.

Monday, 14 March 2016 11:15

Dr. Venkatesh Meda recent activities

Dr. Venkatesh Meda was invited to participate at the Sackler Institute for Nutritional Science and The New York Academy of Sciences, at a Workshop ‘Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Realising the potential of pulses to meet today’s global health challenges’ on November 20, 2015. This event was organised in collaboration with McGill’s Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE).

Dr. Meda presented a scientific paper at the PACIFICHEM 2015: THE INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL CONGRESS OF PACIFIC BASIN SOCIETIES 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA DECEMBER 15 - 20, 2015: (Degradation of phenol with a microwave-UV irradiation treatment system using nano Ti-O2)

Source: http://www.aic.ca/about/awards.cfm

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AIC's highest honour, the title of Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada recognizes an individual AIC member who has made a distinguished contribution to Canadian agriculture through contributions to building scientific capacity for societal good, integration and collaboration between disciplines and sectors, and communications. Dr. Ernie Barber received the award at a dinner in Ottawa on June 11, 2014.

Dr. Ernie Barber has made outstanding contributions to Canadian agriculture through a distinguished and wide-ranging career of research, academic leadership and partnership building with industry and government.

His research has contributed significantly to Canadian agriculture through advances in the ventilation, heating and air quality control of intensive livestock units worldwide - improving the health of humans and animals and minimizing the impact of these facilities on the environment.

He is currently building critical scientific capacity as Managing Director of the new $50-million Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan, a research institute built upon a unique public-private partnership involving PotashCorp, the Saskatchewan government and the university. The GIFS enables multi-disciplinary research, training and technology development aimed at increasing agricultural productivity, supporting a prosperous agricultural bio-economy, and contributing to the goal of global food and nutrition security through innovation and international partnerships.

A long-time professor and administrator at the University of Saskatchewan, his exemplary work within numerous senior leadership portfolios has consistently encouraged and made possible critical collaborations - both interdisciplinary ones among researchers and many others between academics, government and industrial partners. With an enthusiasm for agriculture that colleagues call "infectious," Barber is highly regarded as an outstanding educator, communicator and builder of research capacity.

In addition to his outstanding work as a researcher and administrator, Barber has also earned a reputation as an exceptional mentor and educator. He has won four teaching-related awards while at the University of Saskatchewan, and many of his former students are now important contributors to agriculture in academia and within many other public and private institutions.

Barber was also recently named Interim Provost and Vice-Provost (Academic) for the U of S. This is the second time he has held this role, as he previously filled this vacancy from 2007 to 2008.

Barber is the first Saskatchewan resident to receive this honour since 2004, when Glenden William Hass - a longtime contributor to agriculture in both the private and public sectors - was made an AIC fellow.

Thursday, 13 March 2014 08:23

2013 CSBE-SCGAB Award Winners

Several CSBE members were honored at the CSBE Annual Awards’ Banquet held during the Annual Meeting and Conference in Saskatoon last July, 2013. The Society is proud to recognize these individuals for their commitment and contribution to the engineering profession and society.


Doug Small

Clement Sankat


Neil McLaughlin


Hubert Landry


Nazim Cicek




Venkatesh Meda


Luc D’Amour


Peter Enright


Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba

Undergraduate Design Project Award: Tyler Whettell, Tyler Maes, Sam Symons, Victoria Munroe, Matt Stephens, Steven Murray, Calving Ngan, Jason Lam, Yiu Cho Cheng, Parker Williams, Kalen Kerr, David Lipinski, Ian Swintak, Chi Tu, Patricia Fabros and Xiaodong Xu for International ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design

Undergraduate Thesis or Paper Award: Vanessa Krahn

Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Idris Adelakun

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship: Grace Kankindi

Department of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University

Undergraduate Design Project Award: Oliver Beaudin and Bryan Wattie

Undergraduate Thesis or Paper Award: Kaitlin Lloyd, Kendell McBride, Christopher McGuire, and Brenda Moore

Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D.): Felix Jaria

Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Shrikalaa Kannan

Undergraduate Team Competition Award: Martin Legault, Stephen McGuire, Antoine Pouliot, Trevor Stanhope, Mei Xiao, Sara Tawil, Quinn Burke Anderson, Sophie Lauzon, Frederic Rene-Laforest, Isabellie Cote-Laurin, Dzuy-Tam-Tran for ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship: Brenda Moore

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan

Undergraduate Design Project Award: Jeff Pridmore, Devin Barros, and Lane Forster

Undergraduate Paper Award: Aubrey Worobetz and Carolyn Osborne

Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Alvin Alvarado

School of Engineering, University of Guelph

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship: Evan Wright

Undergraduate Design Project Award: Alexis Wagner, Chris Geerts, and Neeti Sondi

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Matthew DiCicco

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