Each year, the CSBE/SCGAB presents Awards and Grade of Fellows to celebrate and encourage excellence within the Canadian bioengineering community.
Please consider nominating a member. The nominations must be received by the Committees by May 1.

Young Eng of the Year Award

This award is given to recognize the outstanding work of a young engineer of the Society and to encourage outstanding work by young members of the Society. A recipient must be under 40 years of age as of January 1 in the year that the award is made. This award is given for outstanding contributions to Canadian agricultural, food, and/or biological engineering Prior to 1993 this award was known as "The Canadian Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award". From 1993 to 1996 this award was known as the "Young Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award". The award recipient is selected from nominations by three members of the CSBE/SCGAB and must receive the unanimous consent of the Awards Committee.

Ce prix est décerné pour faire connaître et encourager le travail exceptionnel de jeunes membres de la SCGAB/CSAE. Il est réservé aux membres de moins de 40 ans. Le prix souligne une contribution exceptionnelle en génie rural, alimentaire ou biologique par la conception, le développement, la vulgarisation, la gestion, la recherche ou l'enseignement. Avant 1993, ce prix était connu comme «The Canadian Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award». De 1993 à 1996, ce prix était connu comme «Young Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award». Le récipiendaire est choisi parmi les candidats mis en nomination par trois membres. Il doit recevoir l'appui unanime des membres du comité des distinctions et est membre de la SCGAB/CSAE depuis au moins trois ans.

Nomination Form 

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2020 Young Engineer of the Year Award


Dr. Aitazaz Farooque is an Associate Professor & Industry Research Chair – Precision Agriculture at the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering, University of Prince Edward Island. Based on his student-centered approach to teaching by going above and beyond for students and encouraging students to push the boundaries of their learning, he has been awarded with Dalhousie University Teaching Impact Award 2015. He was also awarded with the Engineers PEI Award for Engineering Excellence 2018 for excellence in the practice of engineering, the teaching of engineering and engineering research. He is also a recipient of the 2019 Presidential Award for Combined Achievement (teaching, research and service) from the University of Prince Edward Island. He is a Professional Engineer and registered in both PEI and Nova Scotia. Dr. Farooque’s research focuses on fundamental understanding and development of state of the art PA technologies for Eastern Canada’s agriculture industry. Development of innovative and novel PA systems utilizes knowledge of engineering design, development and management, instrumentation, design and evaluation of sensors and controllers, development of hardware and software for automation of machines to sense targets in real-time for spot application of agrochemicals on an as-needed basis to improve farm profitability while maintaining environmental sustainability. . Dr. Farooque has developed collaborations nationally and internationally. Dr. Farooque highlighted the significance of his research in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, workshops, industry meetings and farmer’s field days. He is supervising undergraduate and graduate students. He is a Professional Engineer and registered in both PEI and Nova Scotia


2019 Young Engineer of the Year Award


Fahimeh Yazdan Panah is the Research and Technical Development Director at Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC). Fahimeh joined WPAC in April 2019. Prior to joining WPAC, Fahimeh Yazdan Panah was a Research Associate in Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia and the founder of Spark Biomass Consulting Inc. She has been engaged in research and discovery in the emerging area of bioenergy for over 12 years and have managed bio-product projects for a variety of clients including governments, manufacturers and technology developers. She led biofuel densification, pretreatment, storage and handling research studies in lab and pilot scale and has co-authored more than 80 technical reports and peer-reviewed publications in the field. Fahimeh also serves as the Project Lead within ISO Technical Committee 238 (Solid Biofuels) and as the Chair within ISO Technical Committee 300 (Solid Recovered Biofuels). She has received her PhD and MASc from Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and she holds a bachelor’s degree from Amirkabir University of Technology.

Fahimeh is a  worthy recipient of the Young Engineer of the Year Award. 

2018 Young Engineer of the Year Award


Satyanarayan Dev is an Assistant Professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Program in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and an Adjunct Professor in the Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Department at the FAMU-FSU Joint college of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL. Before joining FAMU in 2015, he served as an Assistant Professor at A’Sharqiyah University in the Sultanate of Oman for three years. He obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from McGill University, Montreal in 2007 and 2010 respectively. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University as well as in the Department Chemical Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He was awarded the Outstanding Young Researcher of the Year award in June 2017 by the Florida Section of ASABE. He has won several outstanding oral presentation and poster presentation awards as well as superior paper awards from the ASABE and the International Congress of Engineering and Food. His research projects have focused on food safety, value addition, nutritional quality, process optimization, modeling and simulation of food processing operations, electromagnetic equipment design for food processing, sustainable cold chain as well as thermo and biochemical conversion of biomass. Dr. Dev has published more than 100 technical publications, of which 37 are peer reviewed publications in journals and indexed conference proceedings, 10 book chapters and a book.

2017 Young Engineer of the Year Award

marie josee dumont youngMarie-Josée Dumont is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University. She obtained a Bachelor degree in Food Engineering (2003) and a Master degree in Chemical Engineering (2005) from l’Université Laval, and a PhD in Bioresource and Food Engineering from the University of Alberta (2010). From 2010 to 2012, she performed postdoctoral research at the University of Alberta and at Cerestech, a spinoff company of the Polytechnique de Montréal. In 2012, she joined McGill University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering. Dr. Dumont`s research focuses on the valorization of agricultural feedstocks that are considered as industrial feedstocks or agricultural wastes. More specifically, she is interested in their characterisation in order to identify the potential of these materials. Further to the characterisation, their transformation into bio-based chemicals and materials for commodity and specialized applications are targeted. These materials are to be transformed into polymers, surfactant, bio-based fuels, and platform chemicals. Moreover, she currently serves as co-director for the Integrated Food and Bioprocessing Masters (non-thesis) Program and as advisor for undergraduate students enrolled in the Bioresource Engineering program. She is also a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and the Research Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems. Marie-Josée Dumont  is a worthy recipient of the Young Engineer of the Year Award.

Marie-Josée Dumont est professeure adjointe au Département de génie des bioressources de l'Université McGill. Elle a obtenu un baccalauréat en génie alimentaire (2003) et une maîtrise en génie chimique (2005) de l'Université Laval. Elle a complété son doctorat en 2010 au Département de génie biologie et alimentaire de l'Université de l'Alberta (2010). De 2010 à 2012, elle a effectué des travaux de recherche postdoctorale à l'Université de l'Alberta et au Cerestech, une société dérivée (spinoff) de la Polytechnique de Montréal. En 2012, elle a obtenu un poste de professeure adjointe au Département de génie des bioressources de l'Université McGill. Les travaux de recherche du Dr Dumont portent sur la valorisation des résidus et des matières primaires agricoles. C’est en les caractérisant qu’elle cherche à développer de nouveaux débouchés pour ces biomatériaux. Elle s’intéresse particulièrement à la production de biopolymères, de biosurfactants, de biocarburants biologiques et produits chimiques plates-formes. Elle est présentement co-directrice du programme de maîtrise intégrée en génie alimentaire et des bioprocédés (sans thèse) et elle agit à titre de conseillère pour les étudiants de premier cycle inscrits au programme d'ingénierie des bioressources. Elle est membre de l'Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, de la CSBE/SCGAB, de l’ASABE et du Centre de recherche sur les systèmes polymères et composites à haute performance.

2016 Young Engineer of the Year Award

jan adamProf. Jan Adamowski's research is at the forefront of developing innovative and useful approaches to help reduce the vulnerability, as well as enhance the resilience, adaptive capacity, and sustainability of water resources systems around the world in the face of increasing uncertainty and climate change variability. To accomplish this, he has established a unique and interdisciplinary research group at McGill University that involves research in several sub-fields within the broad areas of hydrology and water resources management that are not commonly integrated in one research program (i.e., exploring both technical/engineering and social/management issues in hydrology and water resources management). To date, Prof. Adamowski and his students have conducted research in over 30 countries. An example of Prof. Adamowski's research is his development and implementation of novel methods to identify and then meaningfully engage key stakeholders in water resources model building, planning, and management, with a focus on engaging traditionally un- derrepresented stakeholders (e.g. subsistence farmers, First Nations communities). These new approaches have been used to more meaningfully involve stakeholders in strategy and policy development processes to address challenging issues in diverse countries (e.g. drought in Ethiopia and Mexico; soil salinity in Pakistan; agricultural water pollution in Egypt; food security in Guatemala and India; and sanitation problems in Mongolia). Another example of Prof. Adamowski's research is his development and implementation of new flood and drought forecasting methods which has resulted in improvements in the flood and drought forecasting abilities of several countries (e.g., Ethiopia, Poland, Australia, and India).

Jan Adamowski - Face à l'incertitude croissante qu'apportent la variabilité du climat et des changements climatiques, les efforts de recherche du Prof. Adamowski, à la pointe du développement d'approches novatrices, contribuent à une augmentation mondiale de la sécurisation, résilience, capacité d'adaptation et durabilité des réseaux de ressources hydriques. Pour ce faire il a établi, à l'université McGill, un groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire à caractère unique, qui s'implique dans plusieurs sous-domaines de l'hydrologie et de la gestion des ressources hydriques rarement intégrées dans un seul programme de recherché, s'adressent donc à des questions à la fois techniques/d'ingénierie et sociales/liés à la gestion. Jusqu'à présent le Prof. Adamowski et ses étudiants ont effectué des recherches dans plus de 30 pays. Il a, par exemple, élaboré et mis en œuvre de nouvelles méthodes pour identifier les principaux intervenants et les pousser à s'impliquer dans la modélisation, planification et gestion des ressources hydriques, visant ainsi à impliquer des intervenants habituellement sous-représentés (c.-à-d. agriculteurs de subsistance, communautés autochtones). Ces approches novatrices ont servi à encourager une participation plus pertinente des intervenants dans le processus d'élaboration de stratégies et politiques s'adressant aux plus grand défis de divers pays (c.-à-d. sécheresse en Éthiopie et au Mexique, salinité des sols au Pakistan, pollution des cours d'eaux en milieu agricole en Égypte, sécurité alimentaire au Guatemala et en Inde, problèmes d'assainissement en Mongolie). Un autre volet de ses recherches réside dans le développement et la mise en œuvre de nouvelles méthodes de prévision des crues qui ont permis plusieurs pays (c.-à-d. Éthiopie, Pologne, Australie, Inde) d'améliorer leur capacité à prévoir les crues et sécheresses.