Perspectives Newsletter Spring 2022
Vol. 44, no.3 / Posted on June 16, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

I will like to seize this opportunity to notify you of the current project my colleagues and I have with Springer Nature Publisher, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, to produce an edited book on Sustainable Engineering: Concepts and Practices. Please see pp. 2-5 of the attached document for more information about the book. As researchers/investigators/experts in this field, I will be very grateful if you could contribute to the book. If you are willing to contribute a chapter to the book, kindly read through this document for sections of the book and signify an expression of interest by sending me the following as soon as possible, but not later than 25th August 2022:

(a) A 200 words abstract with the title of the contribution
(b) Names and affiliations of the authors and their full contact details
(c) Proposed section where the chapter should be categorized
(d) 6 keywords for the intended chapter

The abstract should include the objectives of the chapter, the methods used and the findings (where applicable), and implications of your work for future sustainable engineering research and practice.

For further clarification, you are welcome to write me an e-mail via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the information document

ying chenGreetings fellow CSBE members and friends,

It has been a year since I became the CSBE president. Throughout the year, we’ve again overcome more COVID-19 waves. Nevertheless, the CSBE society has always demonstrated positivity, optimism, and hope. One historical accomplishment this year was our society’s name change. We extend our many thanks to the Name Change Committee for making this happen. Among the wonderful memories I’ve made this year, my favourites are from interaction with students. I had the privilege to meet the local (Manitoba) CSBE Student Chapter, celebrated the outstanding achievement of the Canadian ¼ scale tractor teams, and participated in CSBE Student networking within the 2021 ASABE International Conference.

pei harvesting

"Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security through
Precision Agriculture Technologies"

Charlottetown, PEI
24-27 July, 2022


Register before JUNE 27, 2022 to benefit from the early bird rate. You have until JULY 11 to register online.
Authors must register and make payment before JUNE 15, 2022 to be included in the program.

Registration fees and details:

Book your accomodation soon! You have until JUNE 24 to get the special room rate at the Delta Hotel.


Note: The final technical program will be available mid-June.

Professor David J. Mulla; Director of the Precision Agriculture Center, University of Minnesota, USA
Professor Arnold W. Schumann; Soil & Water Science, University of Florida, USA

Sunday July 24th
CSBE-SCGAB Council Meeting
Opening Reception

Monday July 25th
Plenary Session - Keynote Speaker
Technical Sessions
CSBE/SCGAB Annual General Meeting

Tuesday July 26th
Plenary Session - Keynote Speaker
Technical Sessions
Poster Session
Banquet and Award Ceremony

Wednesday July 27th
Technical Tour:

  • Agriculture Agri-Food Canada Research Station
  • School of Climate and Change and Adaptation - UPEI
  • Machinery Manufacturer Equipment
  • Wild Blueberry Processing Facility

More details on Program's webpage:


The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce a student competition for best oral and poster presentations! For graduate students presenting oral presentation the award committee will select:
  • Best (#1) graduate student oral presentation @$500
  • Second best (#2) graduate student oral presentation @$300
  • Third best (#3) graduate student oral presentation @$200
For graduate students presenting poster presentation the award committee will select:
  • Best (#1) graduate student poster presentation @$500
  • Second best (#2) graduate student poster presentation @$300
  • Third best (#3) graduate student poster presentation @$200

The students already had the chance to list their participation in the competition at the time of abstract submission. Awards will be announced Tuesday evening during the Banquet. 

Don't forget to register to be eligible for the competition!

don petkauIt’s my pleasure to introduce you to Don Petkau. He has stepped forward to serve as our Society Manager of the Society and Secretary-Treasurer of our Foundation.

Don is a licensed professional engineer in Manitoba, and a graduate of the Agricultural Engineering program at the University of Manitoba.  He subsequently completed his MBA and PhD (topic - engineering education) also in Manitoba.  Don was born and raised on a farm in southern Manitoba and is now living in Winnipeg.  Over his career Don has worked in the grain industry, ag chemical industry, sugar beet industry, at PAMI and consulting in the design and build of a flax straw processing plant.  Over the last 20 years Don has worked as a senior instructor in Biosystems Engineering teaching design courses, along with courses in precision agriculture and ag machinery.  Currently Don has finished his teaching career and is on leave until the end of year after which he is fully retired.

Don is just starting the position so is focused on learning the position responsibilities and preparing for the upcoming conference.   He welcomes you to contact him with any questions, comments, or ideas you have for the Society. 

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- Kelly Lund, Society Manager

In order to better represent the mission and interests of our Society's members, a name change has been proposed. To this end, CSBE/SCGAB members were given the opportunity to provide input during the summer of 2021. The survey allowed the Name Change Committee to develop a rationale and propose two name options. 

Before voting, we invite you to read the rationale document (PDF).

To vote, select the name the Society should adopt. Only one vote per member will be accepted. You have until June 24th, 2022 to enter your vote.

Thank you for your participation!

- The CSBE/SCGAB Council

Vote pour un nouveau nom pour la Société

Cher membre de la CSBE/SCGAB,

Afin de mieux représenter la mission et les intérêts des membres de notre Société, un changement de nom a été proposé. À cet effet, les membres de la CSBE/SCGAB ont eu l'occasion de donner leur avis au cours de l'été 2021. Le sondage a permis au Comité de changement de nom de développer une justification et de proposer deux options de noms. 

Avant de voter, nous vous invitons à lire le document de justification (PDF).

Pour voter, sélectionner le nom que devrait adopter la Société. Un seul vote par membre sera acceptéVous avez jusqu'au 24 juin pour voter.

Merci pour votre participation!

- Le Conseil de la CSBE/SCGAB


SuranjoySingamSinghSuranjoy Singam Singh, a PhD Student at the School of Engineering, University of Guelph  (CSBE student member) has won the First Prize of Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) College Heat, 2022, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), University of Guelph. His presentation topic was ‘Biodegradable and Antimicrobial Filter for Respiratory Mask’.

He was also the winner of the same competition for the 2021 edition at the University level. He is a final year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Manickavasagan Annamalai (School of Engineering) and Dr. Loong-Tak Lim (Department of Food Science). His research objective is to develop a biobased face mask filter with enhanced breathability, filtration efficiency, and antiviral properties.

The mask design is developed from a biobased polymer ‘ethyl cellulose’ using a free-surface electrospinning technique. Electrospinning uses high voltage electric force to create sub-micron sized fibers that are 20 to 50 times smaller than those in a conventional surgical mask. To create the antimicrobial properties, silver nanoparticles were incorporated during electrospinning which can kill pathogens, such as COVID-19.  

News from McGill

  • We had 9 students in Design Project II and 31 students in Design Project III who completed their project work this spring. The students worked in Teams, and undertook a variety of projects in such diverse areas as: rooftop rainwater harvesting; new packaging containers for short shelf life fruit and vegetables in Rwanda; an improved mechanical grinder for crop residues; a low cost, low energy turbine for electricity in developing countries; a waste composter for apartment buildings; soil heat modeling of greenhouses for organic vegetable production; fungi-inoculated biomaterial for reducing PLA film residue in compost; improved drainage and water table control on the Macdonald Farm; removing creosote and re-using old railway ties.

  • Chandra Madramootoo delivered an invited talk on Water and Environmental Technologies to support the Regional Food Security Plan to the heads of government of Caribbean countries on May 20 in Georgetown, Guyana.

 - Chandra Madramootoo


L’équipe ULtrac de l’Université Laval se classe 7e en Amérique du Nord à la Compétition internationale de mini-tracteurs

Après avoir raté les deux dernières compétitions à cause de la Covid-19, une jeune équipe inexpérimentée mais talentueuse a pris part à la « 2022 ASABE International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition » qui a eu lieu à Peoria, Illinois du 2 au 6 juin. L’équipe ULtrac de l’Univdersité Laval a fait bonne figure en remportant notamment la très convoitée épreuve de tire et en se classant deuxième en performance parmi les 24 équipes participantes. L’équipe est fière d’avoir amélioré sa performance au classement général de huit positions, ce qui lui a valu le prix de l’équipe la plus améliorée. Elle a terminé au 7e rang au classement général. La compétition 2022 a prouvé la détermination et la persévérance de l’équipe ULtrac à concevoir un tracteur complet, orienté vers un marché dédié, nécessitant facilité d’opération, confort et performance.

L’équipe ULtrac désire remercier ses généreux partenaires qui ont permis de rendre possible la 22e participation de l’équipe à cette compétition internationale. L’équipe, composée principalement d’étudiants de la Faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation, était supervisée par le professeur Mohamed Khelifi.

- Mohamed Khelifi


robert raeRobert Rae passed away peacefully on March 2, 2022, at the age of 95, at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg.

Upon returning to Canada in 1956, Bob took a position as an engineer with the Manitoba Department of Agriculture in Brandon. They settled in the Brandon area until 1998, with the exception of 16 months in Damascus, Syria working with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and two years in Tanzania with the Canadian International Development Agency.

Bob had long dreamed of living in the country close to nature. This dream was realized when, after their return from Tanzania, he purchased 80 acres in the Brandon Hills and set about designing and contracting their energy efficient passive solar heated home. He would spend hours planting trees and cutting paths through the woods.

Bob was a CSBE-SCGAB/ASABE member for almost 73 years.

Full obituary