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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.