2014 Award Recipients
Awards Presented at the AGM in Montréal

2014 Fellow Award

atkinsCSBE/SCGAB FELLOW RICHARD (RICK) P. ATKINS, M.Sc. P Eng, Branch Head, Technology and Innovation Branch, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, is being honored for his leadership, management and contributions to the bioengineering profession through a career in extension, programming, research and development in direct support of sustainable and competitive agriculture.
 
Being born and raised on a mixed farm in Alberta, Rick has a strong, practical connection to the agricultural industry. As a leader, manager, professional engineer, mentor and educator he has dedicated his career to making significant difference in the industry. His technical expertise has evolved from power and machinery to livestock engineering, farm water, irrigation, on-farm processing, renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental engineering.

Rick’s ability to adapt to emerging agricultural issues and focus efforts on industry needs has been a key area of success. The on-going development and empowerment of his staff has served his work units well in their ability to adapt and survive the cyclical nature of government programming and budgeting.

A key principle of his leadership has been the importance of extension and follow-through to the end user. This has ensured the relevance of accomplished work and the adoption of new technologies and practices in keeping the industry competitive. Building strong relationships is a key success factor towards achieving outcomes and leveraging resources (expertise, funding and infrastructure). His systems approach to solving problems has led to partnerships with universities, colleges, applied research organizations, industry associations, producer groups, municipalities, federal agencies, and other ministries. As a result of these experiences and his approach, Rick has had successful impact on policy development, development of government strategies and program implementation.

Rick has been a member of CSBE/SCGAB and ASABE for 37 years and has been a participant in many of the CSBE/SCGAB and ASABE meetings and conferences, and ASABE regional meetings. Rick has also served two terms as Alberta Regional Director for CSBE/SCGAB.  Previous awards include PNW Region ASABE Engineer of the Year, the CSBE/SCGAB Glen Downing Award and internal ministry recognition awards for his management and leadership abilities. In addition he has been a member of APEGA for 35 years and continues to employ and mentor young engineers in the area of bioengineering.

The CSBE/SCGAB Grade of Fellow is awarded to Rick for his leadership, management and contributions to the bioengineering profession through a career in extension, programming, research and development in direct support of a sustainable and competitive agricultural industry. 

University of Manitoba

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba - Undergraduate Design Project Award

Victoria Munro, Japandeep Sethi and Samantha Symons for a project entitled “Design of a Tire Cutting Stand”(Advisor: K. Dick)

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba - Undergraduate Thesis Award

Katrice Kazmerik for a thesis entitled  “Mechanical property comparison of 3-dimensional printed models and cortical sheep bone” (Advisors:  S. Cenkowski & B. Unger)

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba - Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

Jami Carter for a thesis entitled “Design and implementation of a sustainable housing system in Honduras” (Advisor: K. Dick)

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba - Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Sanjayan Satchithanantham  for a thesis entitled “Water management effects on potato production and the environment” (Advisor: R. Sri Ranjan)

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba  - CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Taylor Kirouac - Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester. 

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph - Undergraduate Design Project Award

Nawfal Adam Mungroo, Amritpal Bains and Brahmbhatt Rutwick for a project entitled “Pulmocardiac Diagnostic Monitoring System Design”

The University of Guelph - CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Lee Preiss- Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester. 

Université Laval

Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Université Laval - CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Cédric St-Pierre - Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester. 

Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Université Laval - Undergraduate Design Project Award

Gabriel Collin and Samuel Richard for a project entitled “Conception d’un extracteur de rhizomes de chiendent / Design of a Quackgrass Rhizome Extractor” (Advisor: Mohamed Khelifi)

Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Université Laval - Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

Vincent Pelletier  for a thesis entitled “ Irrigation de la canneberge basée sur des seuils de tension de l’eau dans le sol/Cranberry irrigation based on soil water potential thresholds “ (Advisors : Jacques Gallichand and Jean Caron)

McGill University

Department of Bioresource Engineering - McGill University - CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Matthew Legrand - Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester.

Department of Bioresource Engineering - McGill University - Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Abid Hussain for a thesis entitled “Electricity Production from Carbon Monoxide and Synthesis Gas in Microbial Fuel Cell” (Advisors:  G.S. Vijaya Raghavan & Boris Tartakovsky)

Department of Bioresource Engineering - McGill University - Undergraduate Thesis Award

Carolyn Jang, Nada Khan, Rodger Liu, & Gianni Montanaro for a thesis entitled “Design of a Winnowing Machine for West African Rice Farmers” (Advisors:  Michael Ngadi & Grant Clark)

Department of Bioresource Engineering - McGill University - Undergraduate Design Project Award

Jun Dong, Zhi Li, Erbolat Riskulov, & Dillon Stanger for a project entitled “An Innovative Wastewater Treatment System Design for a Food Facility” (Advisor: Grant Clark)

ASABE  ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Université Laval
Design and construction of a four-wheel-drive tractor taking into consideration the rules specified by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Jean-Gabriel Turgeon (Leader), Guillaume Goulet,  Sylvain Champagne,  François Blais,  Raphaël Soucy-Gauthier,  Francis Côté,  Alexandre Houle,  Cédric St-Pierre,  Simon Archambault and Francis St-Aubin