CSBE/SCGAB Awards
Each year, the CSBE/SCGAB presents Awards and Grade of Fellows to celebrate and encourage excellence within the Canadian bioengineering community.
Please consider nominating a member. The nominations must be received by the Committees by April 16 (extended deadline).

2020 Fellow Award

amit kumar

Amit Kumar, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a Professor at the University of Alberta (U of A). He has worked in the area of bioenergy and biofuels for 20 years. His focus has been in biomass supply and logistics and its conversion for the production of energy and fuels. He has made significant contributions in the assessing the environmental and economic footprints of bioenergy systems and is a pioneer in the development of pipeline transport of biomass. He currently holds the NSERC/Cenovus/Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Research Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering and the Cenovus Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering. He also holds Cenovus Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering. He serves as the Deputy Director of Future Energy Systems, a $75 million initiative at the U of A funded by the Government of Canada through their Canada First Research Excellence Fund. Dr. Kumar has co-authored more than 275 peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters and technical reports. He has chaired and moderated several sessions at international/national conferences and co-authored more than 420 conference presentations/publications (109 invited). There are 28 media mentions on his research.

Over the last 20 years, Amit has been a strong supporter of CSBE, serving in various roles including regional director (Alberta), Chair and Awards Committee member, and an Associate Editor of Canadian Journal of Bioengineering. He has also helped organize the CSBE Annual General Meeting in Edmonton. Through his leadership, several new engineers have become members of the society. He has trained more than 190 highly qualified personnel. In 2011, Amit was named CSBE Young Engineer of the Year.

Amit has served on expert review panels and steering committees as chair and member including the European Commission, the National Science Foundation (USA), Natural Resources Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the California Environmental Protection Agency. He has been theme lead/member of 10 international and national research networks.

 

Dr. Venkatesh Meda est reconnu pour ses importantes contributions au génie agricole, alimentaire et biologique, en particulier dans les domaines du génie post-récolte et de la transformation des aliments à valeur ajoutée. Il a fait preuve de leadership dans le domaine aux niveaux local, national et international. En plus d'être un chercheur dynamique, Dr. Venkatesh Meda est également un éducateur enthousiaste et il a formé de nombreux candidats aux études supérieures et postdoctoraux. Ses efforts ont contribué à résoudre certains des problèmes liés à la production alimentaire mondiale, à la conservation et à la gestion de la chaîne d'approvisionnement.

Les efforts du Dr. Meda pour établir des partenariats internationaux concertés de recherche et développement sont bien reconnus, en particulier grâce à ses succès grâce aux Programme canadien de bourses du Commonwealth (Affaires Mondiales Canada), le programme ISEKI-Mundus Food Net de l’Union Européenne, et le programme de partenariats internationaux en science et technologie (Affaires Mondiales Canada). Il a participé à de nombreuses discussions / séminaires stratégiques organisés par l’ACDI, la banque mondiale, l’Institut de Sécurité Alimentaire, ICRISAT (Inde), etc. sur des sujets visant le développement rural et les technologies post-récoltes.

Le Dr. Meda a été récompensé à titre de «professeur distingué» par le Centre d’excellence du gouvernement de l’Inde, du Ministère des industries agroalimentaires (NIFTEM; 2014, 2018) pour ses contributions remarquables dans les domaines du génie alimentaire, du génie chimique et biologique et de la gestion et de l’entrepreneuriat. Il a publié dans des revues de haute qualité dans son domaine.

L’enthousiasme du Dr. Meda continue de s’épanouir pour l’intégration d’approches éducatives, de recherche et de développement visant les systèmes alimentaires, incluant des collaborations communautaires, afin de relever les défis de la sécurité alimentaire mondiale.

Il est un membre actif de la société CSBE/SCGAB depuis 1998.