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.

Young Eng of the Year Award

This award is given to recognize the outstanding work of a young engineer of the Society and to encourage outstanding work by young members of the Society. A recipient must be under 40 years of age as of January 1 in the year that the award is made. This award is given for outstanding contributions to Canadian agricultural, food, and/or biological engineering Prior to 1993 this award was known as "The Canadian Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award". From 1993 to 1996 this award was known as the "Young Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award". The award recipient is selected from nominations by three members of the CSBE/SCGAB and must receive the unanimous consent of the Awards Committee.

Ce prix est décerné pour faire connaître et encourager le travail exceptionnel de jeunes membres de la SCGAB/CSAE. Il est réservé aux membres de moins de 40 ans. Le prix souligne une contribution exceptionnelle en génie rural, alimentaire ou biologique par la conception, le développement, la vulgarisation, la gestion, la recherche ou l'enseignement. Avant 1993, ce prix était connu comme «The Canadian Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award». De 1993 à 1996, ce prix était connu comme «Young Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award». Le récipiendaire est choisi parmi les candidats mis en nomination par trois membres. Il doit recevoir l'appui unanime des membres du comité des distinctions et est membre de la SCGAB/CSAE depuis au moins trois ans.

Nomination Form 

young.rtf | young.pdf

2015 Young Engineer of the Year award

sureshDr. Suresh Neethirajan is currently a registered Professional Engineer with the province of Ontario, and an Assistant Professor in the Biological & Biomedical Engineering program of the University of Guelph and serving as the Director of the BioNano Laboratory. He joined the University of Guelph in 2011 after working as a Research Engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of United States, and also as a Research Scientist at the National Food Research Institute of Japan. Dr. Suresh graduated from the University of Manitoba with both his PhD and master's degree in Biosystems Engineering. Recently, he was awarded the 2014 Early Researcher Award by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, 2015 Young Engineer Achievement Award by Engineers Canada. The BioNano Laboratory headed by Suresh is focused on investigating pathogenic biofilms using nanotechnology approaches, and developing bioinstrumentation tools for clinical animal health diagnostics, and food safety applications. Suresh is a member of Canada's National Nanotechnology Standards Committee, and the chair of ASABE’s IET-312 sub-committee of Emerging Information Systems. Suresh serves in the Executive Board of the Grand River Chapter and the Academic Requirements Committee of PEO. Suresh has been invited by the Parliament of Canada as an expert witness for enacting Bill S-11 regarding standards for nanotechnology in agriculture and food. He has published over 120 technical papers including 50 peer reviewed international high impact journal papers, 5 book chapters, 2 United States Patent, and has supervised over 20 undergraduate students, 5 MSc students and 2 PhD students.

Dr. Suresh Neethirajan est actuellement un ingénieur professionnel enregistré dans la province de l'Ontario, professeur adjoint dans le programme biologie et génie biomédical de l'Université de Guelph et directeur du Laboratoire BioNano à la même université. Il a rejoint l'Université de Guelph en 2011 après avoir travaillé comme ingénieur de recherche au Laboratoire national d'Oak Ridge aux États- Unis et comme chercheur scientifique à l'Institut national de recherche alimentaire du Japon. Dr. Suresh est diplômé de l'Université du Manitoba, à la fois pour son doctorat et sa maîtrise en génie des biosystèmes. Récemment, le Ministère de la Recherche et de l'Innovation ontarien lui a décerné le Prix du nouveau chercheur 2014 et Ingénieurs Canada le Young Engineer Achievement Award 2015. Le Laboratoire BioNano utilise la nanotechnologie pour étudier les biofilms pathogènes, pour le développement de bio-instruments utilisés pour les diagnostics en santé animale et certaines applications en sécurité alimentaire. Suresh est membre du Comité national de normalisation en nanotechnologie du Canada et est aussi le président du IET-312, sous-comité Emerging Information Systems de l’ASABE. Suresh s’implique également au sein du Conseil d'administration du chapitre Grand River et au Comité des exigences académiques du PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario). Suresh a été invité par le Parlement du Canada en tant que témoin expert pour la promulgation du projet de loi S-11 concernant les normes pour les nanotechnologies en agriculture et alimentation. Il a publié plus de 120 articles techniques, dont 50 révisés par les pairs dans des journaux internationaux d’importance, 5 chapitres de livres, 2 brevets aux États-Unis et a supervisé plus de 20 étudiants de premier cycle, 5 étudiants à la maîtrise et 2 au doctorat.

2014 Young Engineer of the Year

morissetteRENÉ MORISSETTE, ing. is the recipient of the CSBE/SCGAB Young Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his contributions to engineering for agricultural, food and biological systems through service to CSBE/SCGAB, CIGR, and other professional activities related to engineering and website development. René Morissette has made outstanding contributions to CSBE/SCGAB since he took on the role of Society webmaster in 2008. He has supervised the transfer of all the society archives to a new web platform in 2010-2011, which has recently been upgraded to the most up-to-date principles of web design. He was responsible for setting up the web site of the 2010 joint and highly successful congress with the International Commission of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (CIGR) held in Quebec City in June 2010. He was co-editor of the proceedings of (746 papers in the Book of Abstracts) and coordinated registration of 750 participants and 40 guests at the congress. He continued to improve the web interface for CSBE meetings in Winnipeg in 2011, Orillia in 2012 with NABEC, and Saskatoon in 2013.

René is also an enthusiastic worker in his technical field. Since 2007, he works as a research engineer in forage and biomass with the Research Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Québec City. He has developed a keen expertise in forage drying and biomass combustion. He helps out graduate students with their instrumentation needs in close collaboration with Université Laval. He conducted a technical exploration tour in France on bulk drying of chopped forage with solar energy. He has set up a novel hay drying system using solar and biomass energy as renewable sources. He has studied the potential of novel biomass sources for energy such as corn stover and short-rotation woody crops. He contributes regularly to the Quebec provincial scientific day on forages by extending his research results on forage drying and biomass utilization.

René is a deserving recipient of the CSBE/SCGAB Young Engineer of the Year Award as a result of his significant work for the Society as webmaster and for his novel engineering applications in the area of forage and biomass. 

 2013 Young Engineer of the Year award

landryDr. Hubert Landry has been involved in agricultural engineering since joining the undergraduate program at Université Laval in 1995. He then pursued graduate studies to obtain a Master’s degree from Université Laval and a doctorate for the University of Saskatchewan. Throughout his graduate studies, Dr. Landry has made original contributions to the field of agricultural machinery. Since joining the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) in 2005, Dr. Landry has successfully expanded PAMI’s research and development activities by obtaining research funds as a principal investigator and by collaborating with other engineers and researchers from PAMI and other research institutions. Through his education and professional experiences, Dr. Landry has developed strong expertise in modeling and simulation of mechanical systems and their interactions with agricultural products. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and continues to act as a reviewer for several scientific journals. Dr. Landry is currently the Machinery Systems Engineering Section Editor for Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal. He is also a member of NSERC’s Mechanical Engineering Evaluation Group.

2019    Fahimeh Y. Panah
2018    Satyanarayan Dev
2017    Marie-Josée Dumont
2016    Jan Adamowski
2015    Suresh Neethirajan
2014    René Morissette
2013    Hubert Landry
2012    Jitendra Paliwal
2011    Amit Kumar
2010    Martin Roberge
2009    Jake DeBruyn
2008    Valérie Orsat
2007    Satyanarayan Panigrah
2006    Danny Mann
2005    Carol Plouffe
2004    Stéphane Godbout
2003    Michael O. Ngadi
2002    Trever Crowe
2001    Robert Gordon
2000    Stéphane P. Lemay
1999    No award
1998    Claude Laguë
1997    No award
1996    Ronald D. MacDonald
1995    Digvir S. Jayas
1994    No Award
1993    Clair Gartley
1992    Chandra Madramootoo
1991    Yves Choinière
1990    Craig Lindwall
1989    Jeremy Leonard
1988    Sietan Chieng
1987    Dennis Hodgkinson
1986    Ernest M. Barber
1985    K.Chris Watts
1984    K. Victor Lo
1983    Ken Boyd
1982    Wm Muir
1981    Wm. Reed*
1980    Harold Jackson
1979    Erling Nyborg
1978    Marvin Klein*
1977    Wm. Carsonl

* Deceased