In consultation with the Editor and Managing Editor of our Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal, a decision has been made to issue a Call for Papers for a Special Issue of our Journal focusing on the topic of engineering education within our discipline, with a specific focus on the needs of educating engineering students for the sustainable production of food, bioproducts, and bioenergy. Papers are requested that relate to any of the following topics:
- engineering education in bioengineering,
- graduate attribute strengths & challenges in the bioengineering curriculum,
- trends in bioengineering graduate programs,
- lessons learned from past program closures,
- challenges with recruitment of bioengineering students,
- challenges facing bioengineering graduates, and
- emerging opportunities for introducing bioengineering education within Canada’s post-secondary education system.
Within our Canadian universities, the discipline of bioengineering (and its’ predecessor agricultural engineering) has been contracting for the past several decades despite ongoing societal challenges related to the sustainable production of food, bioproducts, and bioenergy. The goal of this Special Issue is to allow us, as a technical society, to focus our attention on the various issues associated with the education of bioengineers in Canada. By sharing ideas we can promote best practice in bioengineering education within our existing programs and possibly even generate ideas to reverse this state of contraction within the Canadian context.
Papers for this Special Issue are to be submitted to the Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal using the established manuscript submission process. January 15, 2021 has been set as a submission deadline for this Special Issue to enable the various submissions to proceed through the review process simultaneously. During his current sabbatical, Dr. Danny Mann (Head, Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba) has agreed to provide assistance to the Editor and Managing Editor related to this Special Issue.