CSBE/SCGAB (Canadian Society for Bioengineering/La Société Canadienne de Génie Agroalimentaire et de Bioingénierie) is the technical Society of choice for all professionals and students with an interest in the application of scientific and engineering principles for the sustainable production of food, bioproducts, and bioenergy.
The weather is finally changing, and spring may actually be around the corner! We often equate the season of spring with new beginnings. I would like to use this occasion of spring to ponder new ideas for the Canadian Society for Bioengineering. As Council, we continue to hold regular meetings at which we discuss items of business that address issues of concern to our technical society. Over the past number of months, we have achieved a number of new initiatives such as the John Ogilvie Research Innovation Award, Associate Member category of membership, the establishment of an expertise database on our webpage, and the establishment of a remuneration policy for tasks associated with publication of papers in our Canadian Biosystems Engineering journal. These are good accomplishments, but I still wonder whether we are doing what we need to be doing to be relevant to today’s engineering professional.