CSBE is a volunteer-run society. As the year comes to an end I wish to thank all who enthusiastically volunteered their time to organize CSBE activities in the past year, and I look forward to your continued contributions in the coming year.
The Past-President Ron Macdonald initiated the Society revitalization (strategic planning) project over a year ago. I am glad to see the completion of a well prepared report by Strive!, the consultant we hired to work on the revitalization project. The report concluded that CSBE is well positioned to create a mutually supportive network of Canadian bioengineers finding solutions for a small planet. Now we have the report in our hands, what is next? The Council has appointed committees to address three priorities identified in the report: engaging and attracting students; enhancing the Society value; and enhancing communications.
The student engagement committee is led by President-Elect Bernardo Predicala, and consists of VP (Regional) (Co-Chair), Regional Directors, and several department heads. The specific objective of this committee is to increase student activities at the university level to engage and attract students, and to encourage and support students to attend regional and national conferences. The committee will look into how to organize seminars/workshops that are tailored to students’ interests; how to provide opportunities for students to network with industry members of CSBE; how to provide financial support and other incentives for students to attend the regional and national meetings; and how to involve and engage students from other engineering disciplines.
The Society value enhancement committee is led by Vice President (Technical) Grant Clark, and consists of Chairs of CSBE Technical Committees. The specific objective of this committee is to come up with plans on how the Society may provide more effective forums for our members and professionals in related disciplines to share technical information and examine technical and professional issues of common interest, such as offering specialty or themed technical conferences and workshops; offering certified professional development and other training workshops; and hosting student design and research competitions and presentations.
The communication enhancement committee consists of Past-President Ron Macdonald and WebmasterRené Morissette. The specific objective of this committee is to foster the interest in bioengineering in all age groups. The committee will look for ways of rejuvenating the CSBE journal; publishing short stories on the website; using social networking tools, such as LinkedIn; and creating promotion video clips.
Active participation by all members is the key to the success of our society revitalization. I am sure we can count on your continued support and commitment.
I wish all the members and their families a happy holiday season!
A lot of changes are coming up for the CSBE/SCGAB website! A major upgrade is in progress at the moment to maintain a high level of security and to improve general functionality. Several decisions were made to provide a better communication experience for Society members: some features will be removed and some great new features will be added. The launch of the new website is planned for January 2013 under a brand new domain name: www.csbe-scgab.ca. Note that the current domain name (www.bioeng.ca) will remain active.
CSBE hosts a private online professional community on its website at http://www.bioeng.ca/members/community. About 200 people (Society members and non-members) have registered since 2010 but the activity level and interactions are very low. Also, the community framework needs frequent monitoring and maintenance, so less time was available to manage the community itself. For these reasons, the online community platform will be closed at the launch of the new website next January. Your member account on the website will remain active, but your detailed profile and posts will no longer exist. I invite members to connect together on Facebook and on the upcoming LinkedIn group.
Our scientific publications directory includes more than 800 peer-reviewed papers from the Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal and 1700 conference papers. This content is openly available for free. To improve search engine optimization and to make metadata (title, authors, abstract, keywords, etc.) available to harvesters, our directory will be made compliant with the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. This protocol will extend the exposure and the value of our publications to the worldwide scientific community and to the public as well. We expect this to significantly enhance the rating of our Journal. This is one of several measures we are taking toward faster and better sharing of our online content.
A new conference registration system will be integrated into the website to replace the current one. This new version has a sleeker user interface, an intuitive step-by-step registration process, more options, and an up-to-date online payment gateway.
A work group was created after last summer’s meeting to push forward our strategy for communication with our current and potential members. This group includes Ron MacDonald (chair, past-president), René Morissette (webmaster), and Bill Van Heyst (Ontario Regional Director). The principle tasks will be to make original and new content available to members through our website and social media, and to use better communication tools (e.g. a more efficient mass e-mailing system) to make this content more convenient to access.
Visit our website to get connected with bioengineering students and professionals!
The Foundation will pay the membership dues for first-time-ever graduate students. An application form (www.bioeng.ca) should be completed by the graduate student and submitted by a faculty member attesting to first-time-ever status. The completed form should be sent to the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation office (CSBE/SCGAB Foundation,2028 Calico Crescent,Orleans,ONK4A 4L7) where payment will be attached.
The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship is to recognize academic excellence among student members of the Society. The Scholarship can be awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester (based on a minimum of 12 credit hours and the GPA must qualify the recipient to appear on the Dean’s Honor List). The Department Head or his/her designate will select one scholarship recipient per year per department. The amount of the award varies from year to year but is in the range of $200 to $500.
The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation offers funding to eligible student teams that participate in a recognized bioengineering competition. The Foundation thereby encourages students to gain team work experience and to learn by comparing their efforts and ideas with others in addition to provide visibility for engineering. Funding is equivalent to $50 per student member with a maximum of $500 per team, and up to $1000 per academic institution per calendar year for all teams requesting funds. To be eligible, the team must be formed of at least two student members and participate in a bioengineering competition open to more than one academic institution. Team members eligible for funding must be student members of CSBE/SCGAB in good standing, i.e. annual dues are currently paid (otherwise students should provide photocopy of their application form or membership renewal). Examples of eligible student competitions include the CSBE/SCGAB undergraduate design competition and undergraduate paper competition, as long as the project is carried out by at least two students and the team has been selected to participate in the national competition. Other examples include the ASABE K. K. Barnes Paper Award Competition, 1/4 Scale Tractor Competition and Environmental Design Competition (Fountain Wars). Other competitions may be considered as long as they meet the general criteria: more than one academic institution is involved, bioengineering is the main discipline involved and the project is a student team endeavour. A proof of registration should be included with the request.
To request funding, simply fill out the form in the Perspectives Newsletter Fall 2012 PDF and return to the Foundation at:
CSBE/SCGAB Foundation, 2028 Calico Crescent, Orleans,ON, K4A 4L7
The CSBE-SCGAB Foundation will offer financial assistance to the winners of their annual departmental (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.) Undergraduate Thesis, Undergraduate Design Project, and Graduate Thesis Awards, so that these students may attend the CSBE-SCGAB Annual Meeting and Technical Conference,. The Foundation will pay the fees for base conference registration and admission to the CSBE/SCGAB Awards Banquet for the winner(s) of these awards. In addition, the Foundation will provide $100 per student to a maximum of $400 per academic unit (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.), to be used to defray the costs of travel and accommodation for attending the conference. The students must be members in good standing of the CSBE-SCGAB in order to be eligible for the awards, fee waivers, and travel support. Eligible academic units (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.) are invited to contact the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation by June 15th, of each year, and provide the name, CSBE-SCGAB membership number, and project or thesis title of each winning student.
Two undergraduate student competitions namely (1) design competition and (2) undergraduate paper competition, are organized to promote a high degree of professionalism, encourage development of professional and engineering ingenuity, provide opportunity for interaction between students and professional associates and encourage active undergraduate student participation within CSBE/SCGAB.
Two graduate student competitions namely (1) Masters and Doctoral thesis award competition and (2) graduate student paper competition, are organized to encourage innovation and excellence in Biosystems, Biological and Environmental Engineering and recognize our most promising graduate student members. Brief overview of these competitions is given below. The CSBE/SCGAB Vice-President (Membership) in consultation with the Student Affairs Committee will circulate detailed and specific instructions each year for the competitions. Potential contestants should consult these guidelines before completing their submission packages.
Brief overview of these competitions is given below.
CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award:
Eligibility The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award is to recognize excellence in undergraduate student research in fields represented by the Society. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed an undergraduate level thesis at a Canadian University during the 12-mont period ending April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.
Award Value: $100
Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th.
CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award
Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award is to recognize excellence in the development of engineering design skills in solving problems related to biological systems. Individual or team projects are eligible. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient(s) must have completed a design project at a CanadianUniversity during the 12-month period ending April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.
Award Value: $100 if the design project is completed by an individual or $50 per person if the design project is completed by a design team
Deadline: The name(s) of the award recipient(s), along with the title of the design project, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th.
CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc. Category)
Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc. Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. The award will be presented in odd-numbered years in recognition of M.Sc. theses completed in the two-year period ending April 30th of the odd-numbered year. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed a Master’s thesis at a Canadian University during the 2-year period ending April 30th of an odd-numbered year, and be a student member of the Society.
Award Value: $200
Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th .
CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D. Category)
Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D. Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. The award will be presented in even-numbered years in recognition of Ph.D. theses completed in the two-year period ending April 30th of the even-numbered year. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed a Doctoral thesis at a CanadianUniversity during the 2-year period ending April 30th of an even-numbered year, and be a student member of the Society.
Award Value: $200
Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th .
News from the University of Manitoba Biosystems Engineering Department
Dr. David Levin will be returning from a 6-month research leave effective January 1, 2013.
Dr. Kris Dick will begin a 6-month research leave on January 1, 2013.
Undergraduate student, Grace Kankindi, received 2nd place in the Applied Sciences Category of the 2012 NSERC Undergraduate Research Poster Competition at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. Grace worked under the guidelines of Dr. Sri Ranjan during the summer of 2012.
The Department of Biosystems Engineering has admitted 35 new undergraduate students to the Biosystems Engineering program to start the 2012-2013 academic year.
Several staff members have reached milestones in terms of service to the Universityof Manitoba. David Levin – 5 years; Jason Morrison – 5 years; Nazim Cicek – 10 years; Derek Inglis – 10 years; and Robert Lavallee – 30 years.
It is important to recognise outstanding contributions and achievements of our professional colleagues. The CSBE/SCGAB annual award program is an excellent way to do so. Consider some of the professional accomplishments and engineering achievements in agriculture carried out in recent years by many members of our Society. Take time to read the list of awards available on the Society’s web site (http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/csbe/awards/awards-available). Briefly the 7 awards all suppose a significant contribution to the profession:
Talk to colleagues and take time to prepare a nomination for a worthy candidate. Note that awards will be presented at our Annual Conference, July 7-10, 2013, Saskatoon (SK). Address any question, comment or completed nomination to the Chair (see below).
Completed nominations should be received by the Chair by January 27, 2013.
Dr. Daniel I. Massé
Chair (Président) CSBE/SCGAB Awards Committee – 2012
Centre de Recherche sur le Bovin Laitier et le Porc / Dairy and
Swine Research and Development Centre
Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
2000 rue Collège, Sherbrooke
Québec, Canada, J1M 0C8
On October 16, 2012, Tuesday, CSBE member and the University of Guelph's Biological Engineering Professor Dr. Suresh Neethirajan was in Ottawa to testify at the Canadian Senate Standing Committee of Agriculture and Forestry at a hearing on nanotechnology and applied research in agriculture. He discussed research and innovation efforts in the Canadian agricultural sector. Dr. Neethirajan is involved in numerous projects at Guelph involving developing nanoscale devices, technologies and methods to study biological and agricultural systems. The proceedings are available on the Senate committee's website at http://tinyurl.com/bnu7dgh and the full video can be watched online at http://tinyurl.com/9g4f27x
In 2013, TEN (10) scholarship totaling $80,000 will be awarded to women studying engineering at the undergraduate, master's and PhD level.
All application and criteria are available now online ont he Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation website www.cemf.ca. Deadline for applications is midnight, January 4, 2013 for Vale scholarship and January 11, 2013 for CEMF scholarship.