CSBE-SCGAB
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 15:33

Jan Adamowski

2016 Young Engineer of the Year Award

jan adamProf. Jan Adamowski's research is at the forefront of developing innovative and useful approaches to help reduce the vulnerability, as well as enhance the resilience, adaptive capacity, and sustainability of water resources systems around the world in the face of increasing uncertainty and climate change variability. To accomplish this, he has established a unique and interdisciplinary research group at McGill University that involves research in several sub-fields within the broad areas of hydrology and water resources management that are not commonly integrated in one research program (i.e., exploring both technical/engineering and social/management issues in hydrology and water resources management). To date, Prof. Adamowski and his students have conducted research in over 30 countries. An example of Prof. Adamowski's research is his development and implementation of novel methods to identify and then meaningfully engage key stakeholders in water resources model building, planning, and management, with a focus on engaging traditionally un- derrepresented stakeholders (e.g. subsistence farmers, First Nations communities). These new approaches have been used to more meaningfully involve stakeholders in strategy and policy development processes to address challenging issues in diverse countries (e.g. drought in Ethiopia and Mexico; soil salinity in Pakistan; agricultural water pollution in Egypt; food security in Guatemala and India; and sanitation problems in Mongolia). Another example of Prof. Adamowski's research is his development and implementation of new flood and drought forecasting methods which has resulted in improvements in the flood and drought forecasting abilities of several countries (e.g., Ethiopia, Poland, Australia, and India).

Jan Adamowski - Face à l'incertitude croissante qu'apportent la variabilité du climat et des changements climatiques, les efforts de recherche du Prof. Adamowski, à la pointe du développement d'approches novatrices, contribuent à une augmentation mondiale de la sécurisation, résilience, capacité d'adaptation et durabilité des réseaux de ressources hydriques. Pour ce faire il a établi, à l'université McGill, un groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire à caractère unique, qui s'implique dans plusieurs sous-domaines de l'hydrologie et de la gestion des ressources hydriques rarement intégrées dans un seul programme de recherché, s'adressent donc à des questions à la fois techniques/d'ingénierie et sociales/liés à la gestion. Jusqu'à présent le Prof. Adamowski et ses étudiants ont effectué des recherches dans plus de 30 pays. Il a, par exemple, élaboré et mis en œuvre de nouvelles méthodes pour identifier les principaux intervenants et les pousser à s'impliquer dans la modélisation, planification et gestion des ressources hydriques, visant ainsi à impliquer des intervenants habituellement sous-représentés (c.-à-d. agriculteurs de subsistance, communautés autochtones). Ces approches novatrices ont servi à encourager une participation plus pertinente des intervenants dans le processus d'élaboration de stratégies et politiques s'adressant aux plus grand défis de divers pays (c.-à-d. sécheresse en Éthiopie et au Mexique, salinité des sols au Pakistan, pollution des cours d'eaux en milieu agricole en Égypte, sécurité alimentaire au Guatemala et en Inde, problèmes d'assainissement en Mongolie). Un autre volet de ses recherches réside dans le développement et la mise en œuvre de nouvelles méthodes de prévision des crues qui ont permis plusieurs pays (c.-à-d. Éthiopie, Pologne, Australie, Inde) d'améliorer leur capacité à prévoir les crues et sécheresses.

Monday, 14 September 2015 13:23

Suresh Neethirajan

2015 Young Engineer of the Year award

sureshDr. Suresh Neethirajan is currently a registered Professional Engineer with the province of Ontario, and an Assistant Professor in the Biological & Biomedical Engineering program of the University of Guelph and serving as the Director of the BioNano Laboratory. He joined the University of Guelph in 2011 after working as a Research Engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of United States, and also as a Research Scientist at the National Food Research Institute of Japan. Dr. Suresh graduated from the University of Manitoba with both his PhD and master's degree in Biosystems Engineering. Recently, he was awarded the 2014 Early Researcher Award by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, 2015 Young Engineer Achievement Award by Engineers Canada. The BioNano Laboratory headed by Suresh is focused on investigating pathogenic biofilms using nanotechnology approaches, and developing bioinstrumentation tools for clinical animal health diagnostics, and food safety applications. Suresh is a member of Canada's National Nanotechnology Standards Committee, and the chair of ASABE’s IET-312 sub-committee of Emerging Information Systems. Suresh serves in the Executive Board of the Grand River Chapter and the Academic Requirements Committee of PEO. Suresh has been invited by the Parliament of Canada as an expert witness for enacting Bill S-11 regarding standards for nanotechnology in agriculture and food. He has published over 120 technical papers including 50 peer reviewed international high impact journal papers, 5 book chapters, 2 United States Patent, and has supervised over 20 undergraduate students, 5 MSc students and 2 PhD students.

Dr. Suresh Neethirajan est actuellement un ingénieur professionnel enregistré dans la province de l'Ontario, professeur adjoint dans le programme biologie et génie biomédical de l'Université de Guelph et directeur du Laboratoire BioNano à la même université. Il a rejoint l'Université de Guelph en 2011 après avoir travaillé comme ingénieur de recherche au Laboratoire national d'Oak Ridge aux États- Unis et comme chercheur scientifique à l'Institut national de recherche alimentaire du Japon. Dr. Suresh est diplômé de l'Université du Manitoba, à la fois pour son doctorat et sa maîtrise en génie des biosystèmes. Récemment, le Ministère de la Recherche et de l'Innovation ontarien lui a décerné le Prix du nouveau chercheur 2014 et Ingénieurs Canada le Young Engineer Achievement Award 2015. Le Laboratoire BioNano utilise la nanotechnologie pour étudier les biofilms pathogènes, pour le développement de bio-instruments utilisés pour les diagnostics en santé animale et certaines applications en sécurité alimentaire. Suresh est membre du Comité national de normalisation en nanotechnologie du Canada et est aussi le président du IET-312, sous-comité Emerging Information Systems de l’ASABE. Suresh s’implique également au sein du Conseil d'administration du chapitre Grand River et au Comité des exigences académiques du PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario). Suresh a été invité par le Parlement du Canada en tant que témoin expert pour la promulgation du projet de loi S-11 concernant les normes pour les nanotechnologies en agriculture et alimentation. Il a publié plus de 120 articles techniques, dont 50 révisés par les pairs dans des journaux internationaux d’importance, 5 chapitres de livres, 2 brevets aux États-Unis et a supervisé plus de 20 étudiants de premier cycle, 5 étudiants à la maîtrise et 2 au doctorat.

Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:12

René Morissette

2014 Young Engineer of the Year

morissetteRENÉ MORISSETTE, ing. is the recipient of the CSBE/SCGAB Young Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his contributions to engineering for agricultural, food and biological systems through service to CSBE/SCGAB, CIGR, and other professional activities related to engineering and website development. René Morissette has made outstanding contributions to CSBE/SCGAB since he took on the role of Society webmaster in 2008. He has supervised the transfer of all the society archives to a new web platform in 2010-2011, which has recently been upgraded to the most up-to-date principles of web design. He was responsible for setting up the web site of the 2010 joint and highly successful congress with the International Commission of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (CIGR) held in Quebec City in June 2010. He was co-editor of the proceedings of (746 papers in the Book of Abstracts) and coordinated registration of 750 participants and 40 guests at the congress. He continued to improve the web interface for CSBE meetings in Winnipeg in 2011, Orillia in 2012 with NABEC, and Saskatoon in 2013.

René is also an enthusiastic worker in his technical field. Since 2007, he works as a research engineer in forage and biomass with the Research Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Québec City. He has developed a keen expertise in forage drying and biomass combustion. He helps out graduate students with their instrumentation needs in close collaboration with Université Laval. He conducted a technical exploration tour in France on bulk drying of chopped forage with solar energy. He has set up a novel hay drying system using solar and biomass energy as renewable sources. He has studied the potential of novel biomass sources for energy such as corn stover and short-rotation woody crops. He contributes regularly to the Quebec provincial scientific day on forages by extending his research results on forage drying and biomass utilization.

René is a deserving recipient of the CSBE/SCGAB Young Engineer of the Year Award as a result of his significant work for the Society as webmaster and for his novel engineering applications in the area of forage and biomass. 

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