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 May 1.

John Clark Award

This award, in memory of John Clark, is given annually to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research, or extension in one or more of the fields of food engineering, or related industry. The award recipient is selected from nominations from at least three members of CSBE/SCGAB and must have been a member of the Society for at five years.

Ce prix, désigné à la mémoire de Monsieur John Clark, est décerné chaque année à un membre qui s'est distingué dans le domaine du génie alimentaire ou dans une industrie connexe par l'enseignement, la recherche, la vulgarisation ou le travail en industrie. Le récipiendaire du prix John-Clark est choisi parmi les candidats mis en nomination par trois membres et est membre de la SCGAB/CSBE depuis au moins cinq ans.

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2019 John Clark Award

fuji jian

Dr. Fuji Jian is a professional engineer and assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Jian received his Ph.D at the University of Manitoba in 2003, and excellence of his Ph.D. studies was awarded as “Governor General’s Gold Medal for outstanding graduate studies academic achievement in Canada” and the “CSAE/SCGR 2004 Ph.D. Thesis Award”. After working for a grain storage company (OPI System, Calgary, Canada) for 5 years, he returned to academia as an instructor in 2010 and assistant professor in 2015.

Fuji’s research interests are in the area of post-harvest grain quality, stored-product protection and sensor development with the sole purpose to enhance food safety and security. He is the leading authors in 62 of 76 referred journal papers and book chapters, and authorized and co-authorized more than 30 conference papers. These publications covered: 1) mathematical modeling of grain storage ecosystems; 2) insect biology and ecology inside stored grain bulks; 3) sampling inside grain bins; 4) physical property of stored grain bulks; 5) safety storage of grain and monitoring; 6) insect control and pesticide resistance; 7) grain aeration and drying; 8) sensor development; 9) biomass processing; and 10) particle segregation. Fuji published more than 20 mathematical models and his expertise in mathematical modeling and grain storage ecosystem has been instrumental in revitalisation of grain storage monitoring industry.

Fuji has taught Grain Storage/Crop Preservation, Plant and Animal Physiology for Engineers, Unit Operation, Transfer Phenomena, and Modelling and Simulation of Biological Systems. He is currently supervising/co-supervising 8 M.Sc/PhD students. His group pioneered the study on the use of steam to control insects in stored grain, application of compact microwave device for monitoring insects inside grain bulks, stored-product insect density estimation by using electronic traps, identification of stored grain insects using image restoration classifier neural network, and particle segregation during grain loading and unloading.  Dr. Jian is a  worthy recipient of the  John Clark Award. 

2018 John Clark Award

Oon Doo

Oon-Doo Baik is a Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. Oon-Doo has taught Modeling of Food Processes, Modeling in Biosystems, Transport Processes, and Food and Bioproducts Engineering, courses needed in the understanding of unit operations during food and bioproduct processing. His research has been on the use of electro-technologies for food processing and storage applications, heat and mass transfer processes, extraction of bio-components and biomass processing. Oon-Doo’s research group reported inherent non-uniform temperature distributions during RF heating based on theoretical and experimental determination. Through 3-D multi-physics simulations, his group also determined the magnitude of selective heating during RF assisted disinfestation to kill insect pests without significant damaging grain qualities. They also suggested a new concept of applicator for inline RF disinfestation. Oon-Doo has been active in attracting funding for his research for a total amount of $ 2.3 M over his tenure at the University of Saskatchewan. He has co-authored 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 53 conference presentations. He has made 27 invited presentations in different conferences on such as seafood processing, modeling and simulation of processing operations, radio frequency applications in food processing and extraction of bio-active compounds.

2017 John Clark Award

jitendra paliwal clarkDr. Jitendra Paliwal received bachelors in Agricultural Engineering from G.B. Pant University (India) in 1994 and then M.Sc. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in Biosystems Engineering both from the University of Manitoba. He is now a Professor with the Department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba where he leads the imaging and spectroscopy research in the grain storage area. His work in developing hardware and software solutions is widely referred to by the designers of grain quality monitoring and assessment instruments. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of instrumentation, digital imaging, vibrational spectroscopy, and technical communication.

Growing up as a child in India, Jitendra Paliwal wondered if it would ever be possible to tell how sweet an apple is without actually taking a bite out of it. Now as a professor with expertise in the area of machine vision and vibrational spectroscopy, he researches ways to peek inside biological tissues and cells – so we can assess much more than just the sweetness of a fruit. Jitendra joined the University of Manitoba as a graduate student in 1995 and continued on as a faculty after completing his PhD in 2002. He is a Professional Engineer registered in Manitoba. Jitendra's research is geared towards providing an abundant supply of safe and healthy food to human beings and livestock while keeping the carbon footprint to a minimum. The tools he uses include spectroscopy, imaging, chemometrics, and artificial neural networks.

Jitendra has contributed to the training of over 60 highly qualified personnel. His research work, so far, has resulted in over 60 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He has also authored or co-authored 65 conference papers and five book chapters. He is routinely invited at national and international events to talk about the current scientific advancements in the area of post-harvest storage of grain.

Jitendra is a member of CSBE/ASABE since 1996 and has served as an Associate Editor of Canadian Biosystems Engineering. He is also a registered member of Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba (formerly APEGM) and is the current Chair of its Experience Review Committee. His contribution to the profession of engineering was recognized last year when he was appointed as a Fellow of Engineers Canada. Dr. Jitendra Paliwal is a worthy recipient for the 2017 CSBE|SCGAB John Clark Award.


Jitendra attributes the success of his research program to some very bright students and scholars that he has been fortunate to work with as well as his peers who he routinely collaborates with. With his students and research partners, he has published over 50 peered review articles in scientific journals. In 2012, Jitendra received the CSBE Young Engineer Award for his outstanding contribution to Biosystems Engineering. Jitendra is an exceptional professor, possessing the ability to both lead by example through his hard work and to promote the professional growth of others through timely assistance.

En grandissant en Inde, Jitendra Paliwal se demandait s'il serait possible de dire à quel point une pomme est sucrée sans mordre dedans. Maintenant, en tant que professeur possédant une expertise dans le domaine de la vision par ordinateur et de la spectroscopie vibratoire, il recherche des façons de voir à l'intérieur des tissus et des cellules, afin d'évaluer beaucoup plus que la douceur d'un fruit. Jitendra est entré à l'Université du Manitoba en tant qu'étudiant diplômé en 1995 et a continué sa carrière en tant que professeur après avoir complété son doctorat en 2002. Il est ingénieur agréé au Manitoba. La recherche de Jitendra vise à fournir un approvisionnement sûr et abondant de nourriture saine aux êtres humains et au bétail tout en minimisant l'empreinte de carbone. Les outils qu'il utilise comprennent la spectroscopie, l'imagerie, la chimiométrie et les réseaux neuronaux artificiels. Jitendra attribue le succès de son programme de recherche à ses étudiants et chercheurs avec lesquels il a eu la chance de travailler, et à ses pairs avec lesquels il collabore régulièrement. Avec l’aide de ses étudiants et de ses partenaires, ces travaux de recherche ont permis la réalisation d'une cinquantaine d'articles évalués par des pairs et publiés dans les revues scientifiques. En 2012, Jitendra a reçu le prix du ‘Jeune Ingénieur’ de la CSBE/SCGAB pour sa contribution exceptionnelle au génie des biosystèmes. Jitendra est un professeur exceptionnel qui possédant à la fois la capacité de mener par l'exemple de son travail et de promouvoir la croissance professionnelle des gens avec qui il travaille.

2016 John Clark Award

suling brooksSu-Ling Brooks (PhD, P.Eng) has made significant contributions to food and biological engineering through her research and service to the profession. She is originally from New Zealand, where she pur- sued a Bioprocess Engineering degree at Massey University, followed by experience in the biopharmaceutical and dairy industries. She obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) in 2004 and subsequently obtained a position in the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), specializing in food and bioprocess engineering. She joined the De- partment of Process Engineering and Applied Science at Dalhou- sie University in 2006, where she has been an Associate Profes- sor and Undergraduate Chair of the Environmental Engineering program. Su-Ling has established a research program that has focussed on the processing of food and biological materials, encapsulation technology for controlled research systems, fermenta- tion technology, and waste/biomass valorization. In recent years she has had a significant role in supporting the fledgling haskap berry industry in Nova Scotia through her research exploring the role of processing technologies on the nutritional content of haskap products and impact on human health. She has published numerous scientific publications and trained many graduate/ undergraduate students in areas relating to food and biological engineering. Su-Ling has contributed actively to the profession through her years of service to NABEC - Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference (a community of ASABE and CSBE), where she is currently Chair and is also co-Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for CSBE 2016 in Halifax.

Su-Ling Brooks (PhD, P.Eng) a apporté une contribution significative à l'alimentation et de l'ingénierie biologique par le biais de sa recherche et de service à la profession. Elle est originaire de la Nouvelle-Zélande, où elle a poursuivi un diplôme en génie des bioprocédés à l'Université Massey, suivi d'une expérience dans les industries biopharmaceutiques et laitiers. Elle a obtenu son doctorat en génie chimique de l'Université de Cambridge (Royaume- Uni) en 2004 et par la suite obtenu un poste dans le département de génie chimique et des matériaux, à l'Université d'Auckland (Nouvelle-Zélande), spécialisée dans les aliments et les bioprocédés ingénierie. Elle a rejoint le Département de Génie des Procédés et des sciences appliquées à l'Université Dalhousie en 2006, où elle est professeure agrégée et la Chaire de premier cycle du programme Génie de l'environnement. Su-Ling a mis en place un programme de recherche qui a mis l'accent sur la transformation des aliments et des matériaux biologiques, la technologie d'encap- sulation pour les systèmes contrôlés de recherche, de la technolo- gie de fermentation, et les déchets/valorisation de la biomasse. Au cours des dernières années, elle a eu un rôle important dans le soutien de l'industrie émergente des baies de haskap en Nouvelle-Écosse, grâce à ses travaux de recherche à explorer les effets des des baies de haskap et de leur impact sur la santé humaine. Elle a publié de nombreuses travaux scientifiques et formé de nombreux étudiants, diplômés ainsi que des étudiants de premier cycle d'études, dans les domaines liés à l'alimentation et de l'ingénierie biologique. Su-Ling a contribué activement à la profession par ses années de service à NABEC - Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference (une communauté de ASABE et CSBE), où elle est actuellement présidente. Elle est également co-présidente du Comité des arrangements locaux pour CSBE 2016 à Halifax.

2015 John Clark Award

valerieDr. Valérie Orsat has made significant contributions through her research and professional activities in Food and Bio-Process Engineering. Dr. Orsat completed her doctoral studies in 1999 in the field of radio-frequency and microwave heating. Her professor position at McGill started in 2007, building a research program to explore new food products, processing technologies and functional ingredients. Dr. Orsat was fast tracked for tenure consideration and promotion to associate professor in June 2012. Recognizing her leadership and managerial skills, she was appointed to the Chair’s position in June 2013. As an engineering discipline, bioresource engineering attracts a high number of women which is welcome news to the profession. In this context, Dr. Orsat, as the chair of the department, is an excellent role model for the engineering careers of these young women. Dr. Orsat has published over 80 refereed manuscripts and has supervised 9 Ph.D. and 11 M.Sc. students to completion of their degrees, and 13 undergraduate students have had a research internship in her lab. She is presently supervising 5 doctoral candidates, each working on the development of functional foods and food ingredients, and the improvement of food processing technologies. Dr. Orsat has received many accolades receiving the Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2008 from the CSBE and in 2006 from NABEC. In 2013, she received a Certificate of Commendation for her years of service as VP-technical and VP-membership of the CSBE. She contributes actively to the profession in numerous capacities such as Examiner for the Order of Engineers of Quebec; and as an Associate Editor for the Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal.

Professeure Valérie Orsat a contribué considérablement à la profession par le biais de ses recherches et activités professionnelles en génie agroalimentaire. Dr. Orsat a terminé ses études de doctorat en 1999 dans le domaine de la radiofréquence et du chauffage par micro-ondes. Sa carrière en enseignement à titre de professeure débuta en 2007 à l'Université McGill avec l’élaboration d'un programme de recherche pour explorer de nouveaux produits alimentaires, les technologies de traitement et les aliments fonctionnels. Dr. Orsat a rapidement été promue au rang de professeure associée en juin 2012. Reconnaissant son leadership et ses compétences de gestionnaire, elle a été nommée au poste de directrice du département en juin 2013. En tant que discipline d'ingénierie, le génie des bioressources attire de plus en plus d’étudiantes, ce qui est plus que bienvenue au sein de la profession généralement masculine. Dans ce contexte, Dr. Orsat, en tant que directrice du département, est un excellent modèle pour les carrières en génie de ces jeunes femmes. Dr. Orsat a publié plus de 80 articles révisés par les pairs, a supervisé 9 étudiants au doctorat et 11 à la maîtrise. De plus, 13 étudiants de premier cycle ont eu l’opportunité d’effectuer un stage de recherche dans son laboratoire. Elle supervise actuellement 5 doctorants, chacun travaillant sur le développement des aliments fonctionnels et des ingrédients alimentaires ainsi que sur l'amélioration des technologies de transformation des aliments. Dr. Orsat a reçu de nombreuses distinctions dont celle du Jeune Ingénieur(e) de l’année CSBE/ SCGAB en 2008 et son équivalent au NABEC en 2006. En 2013, elle a reçu un certificat de mention élogieuse pour ses années de service en tant que VP-technique et VP-membership à la CSBE/ SCGAB. Elle contribue activement à la promotion de la profession dans de nombreuses fonctions telles qu’examinatrice pour l'Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec et comme rédactrice en chef adjointe de la revue Le génie des biosystèmes au Canada.