On July 1, 2010, the departments of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan were merged into a new Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. A Task Force was formed to define the Biological Engineering program. The Task Force’s final report will be submitted to the Dean and it will describe what is considered to be an idealized list of classes that would make up a program. Assistance from the Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre helped the committee put together a program with the goal of appealing to different types of learners and demographics of students that have not been traditionally well represented in Engineering. This program could be used as a target for future changes to our existing program depending on resources available. The search for a Dean of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan continues. Dr. Ernie Barber is Acting Dean.
Several SK CSBE members will be presenting at the 2012 CIGR International Conference of Agricultural Engineering in Valencia, Spain (Scott Noble, Bernardo Predicala, Tyrone Keep, Joy Agnew, Huiqing Guo).
U of S ¼ Scale Tractor Team Highlight
For a second consecutive year, the University of Saskatchewan Sled Dogs have come in 4th place at the 2011 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, held annually in Peoria, Illinois. The 2011 tractor featured a single 31 hp Briggs and Stratton Big Block engine, CVT and transaxle from a John Deere Gator, reduced weight and a bold new look. Its most innovative features included data logging capabilities, which won the team the Campbell Scientific Award at competition, and a dynamic ballast system. The team was able to fine-tune some driveline components to finish 4th in the pulls, an improvement from 6th in 2010. The team also enhanced their writing skills to finish 3rd in the written design report. The first ever X-team to come from the U of S competed in 2011, and finished 3rd place overall. They modified the 2010 tractor, adding a roll-over protection system (ROPS), electric assist steering and actually improved pulling performance by reducing the number of engines from three 16 hp Briggs and Stratton Vanguards to two. They also blew the competition away with their oral presentation to finish 1st in the category.
The 2012 competition will again be held in Peoria, running from May 31 to June 3, 2012.
CBE New Graduates
During the 2011 Fall Convocation, two graduate students received their M.Sc. in Ag/Bio Engineering (Alvin Alvarado and Crystal Rinas). Two students also convocated with a Ph.D. in Ag/Bio Engineering (Phani Adapa and Eric Veikle). At the 2012 Spring Convocation, four graduate students received their M.Sc. in Ag/Bio Engineering (Holly Annand, Binsirawanich Pana, Gao Zhu, and Sooriya Arachchilage). Phani Adapa was nominated for the CSBE graduate thesis award.
During the 2012 Spring Convocation, 11 undergraduates received their B.Sc. in Ag/Bio Engineering. Four students graduated with great distinction (Haley Bart, Matthew Petruic, Chance Peutert and Brittany Thoms) and two graduated with distinction (Kyle Smetaniuk, Graham Stuart). Evan Wolowski graduated with the Professional Communication Option. Brittany Thoms was the recipient of the Oliver L. Symes Memorial Award and Matthew Petruic earned the Clinton L. Armstrong Memorial Award. The undergraduate innovation design award went to Evan Wolowski, Graham Stuart and Matthew Petruic. The Saskatoon Engineering Society design award went to Ryan Johnson, Chance Peutert and Kyle Smetaniuk.