During the Fall Convocation on October 28, 2017, two M.Sc. in Biological Engineering students were conferred their degree: 1) Obiora Samuel Agu with the thesis “Microwave-assisted alkali pretreatment, densification and enzymatic hydrolysis of canola straw and oat hull”, and 2) Charley J. Sprenger (see photo) with the thesis “Classification and densification of municipal solid waste for biofuels applications”. Both students were supervised by Lope Tabil. Obiora is proceeding with his Ph.D. degree and Charley is currently working as Project Leader, Engineer-in-Training at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute in Humboldt, SK.
Charley Sprenger with her supervisor Dr. Lope G. Tabil during the Fall Convocation at the University of Saskatchewan.
SK regional director, Oon-Doo Baik interviewed two members (Cory Bart and Dane Steen, both from Mechanical Engineering) of The University of Saskatchewan ¼ Scale Tractor team named “U of S Sled Dogs”. The team has been participating in the ASABE International ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition since 2002. For the competition, all the competing teams are provided with the same engine and a set of tires (31 hp Briggs & Stratton and Titan tires). The design of their tractors is a good open-ended project totally up to the teams. Numerous judges from industries evaluate each design for innovation, manufacturability, serviceability, safety, sound level, and ergonomics. Teams also submit a written design report. Their tractors will be tested for pull, maneuverability and durability.
(Left: Cory Bart, Right: Dane Steen)
Profs. Oon-Doo Baik and Lope Tabil of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Prof. Scott Noble of the Department of Mechanical Engineering together with their graduate students and researchers attended the Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference of CSBE in Winnipeg, MB on August 6-10, 2017. There were 10 graduate students (Charley Sprenger, Obiora Agu, Shola Kareem, Jason Cousins, Shuyao Dong, Shamim Ahamed, Roland Macana, Tolen Moirangthem, Saeed Ghanbari, Jingjing Cabahug) and 2 researchers (Majid Soleimani and Bagher Emadi) in the group.
The second CSBE Information Night was held in the Hardy Lab of the Engineering Building at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) on March 10, 2017.
The main goal of having the event was to introduce CSBE to new and existing graduate students in Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering as well as to have pleasant networking with delicious foods. Graduate students, faculty and staff in Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at U of S were invited and more than 50 people showed up in the event.
The Vice-President (technical) of CSBE, Dr. Venkatesh Meda gave a presentation about CSBE for half an hour. The presentation included the multi-disciplinary scope of CSBE and career opportunities in the field of agriculture, food, Bio-systems, chemical, and environmental engineering including benefits as a CSBE member. After the CSBE introductory presentation, Alison Graham from Seed Hawk Inc. made a short presentation on Young Professionals Community (YPC) of ASABE. She emphasized the opportunities and benefits from participating in YPC.
Most importantly, people enjoyed pizza, chicken wings, snacks, cake and drinks very much in the nice Friday evening. The program started at 4:30 pm and ran for around two hours.
Dr. Oon-Doo Baik, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at U of S agreed to serve as a SK regional director from 2017. The former reginal director, Dr. V. Meda introduced Dr. Baik during the CSBE Information night event. Dr. Baik briefly expressed his perception of the role of a regional director of CSBE. He valued networking as the word “society” in CSBE meant to be.
BLE Ph.D. student Robbarts Nongmaithem was awarded travel bursary from International Student and Study Abroad Centre, U of S to visit NIFTEM (National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management), Government of India during October-November 2016 where he presented a seminar to the UG students in Food Science and Technology program and interacted with the faculty and graduate students.
This ongoing collaborative effort is part of an International MoU between NIFTEM and U of S led Dr. V. Meda, Chemical and Biological Engineering.
The CSBE-SK Students’ Chapter launched officially on March 10, 2017. This is a brand new chapter for Saskatchewan region consisting of graduate students in Biological Engineering (BLE) for now but hopefully extended to other Engineering disciplines as well.
The executive team of the students’ chapter include Roland Macana (President), Robbarts Nongmaithem (Vice-President), Tolen Moirangthem (Secretary), and Charley Sprenger (Event organizer). All the executive members were introduced during the Information night as well. The students’ chapter will interact with CSBE SK professional members and will organize academic and social events for student members.
CSBE-SK Students’ Chapter executive team in front of their chapter logo. (From Left to Right, Robbarts Nongmaithem, Tolen Moirangthem, Roland Macana, and Charley Sprenger)
9 top undergraduate students (years 1 through 4) from the National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, successfully completed ‘Food Technology Summer Research Internship 2016’ during July 22-30, 2016. Dr. V. Meda, Assoc. Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering was the lead Co-ordinator of this maiden summer internship program under the international MoU between the two institutions. One faculty member Dr. A. Upadhyay accompanied the student delegation. The summer internship was jointly supported by the University’s international office(s), graduate students (Robbarts/Tolen) in biological engineering and the Colleges of Engineering/Agriculture and Bioresources.
Jingjing Cabahug, M.Sc. student in the Biological Engineering program at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, won the second prize of the R.O. Ball Young Scientist Award during the 2016 Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) held in Fairmont Banff Spring Hotel, Banff, Alberta on January 13, 2016. The award recognizes graduate students who provide the best overall combination of good and relevant science, well-written abstract, and excellent presentation. Cabahug presented her ADF-ADOPT-funded work done at the Prairie Swine Centre on the evaluation of ATP bioluminescence method for rapid assessment of cleanliness of commercial hog transport trailers, under supervision of Dr. Bernardo Predicala.
Jingjing Cabahug (right) with the competition organizer and the other winner.
Dr. Venkatesh Meda was invited to participate at the Sackler Institute for Nutritional Science and The New York Academy of Sciences, at a Workshop ‘Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Realising the potential of pulses to meet today’s global health challenges’ on November 20, 2015. This event was organised in collaboration with McGill’s Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE).
Dr. Meda presented a scientific paper at the PACIFICHEM 2015: THE INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL CONGRESS OF PACIFIC BASIN SOCIETIES 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA DECEMBER 15 - 20, 2015: (Degradation of phenol with a microwave-UV irradiation treatment system using nano Ti-O2)