News from Department of Biosystems Engineering
Four members of the Department teaching staff have reached milestones in their service to the University of Manitoba. Don Petkau has been with the University of Manitoba for 5 years in his position of Instructor. Jitendra Paliwal has reached 10 years of service. Both Ying Chen and Danny Mann have reached 15 years of service.
Joe Ackerman, Nazim Cicek and Jan Oleszkiewicz received an ASABE Superior Paper Award for their paper entitled “Anaerobic fermentation of pig manure to increase phosphorus removal by struvite precipitation.”
Kris Dick led a student team to Honduras to work on sustainable living project there in February 2013. A new home, rainwater harvesting and filtration system, a new stove, water storage and latrine were constructed over a twelve-day period. In February Kris presented a paper at the Non-Conventional Materials conference in Brazil that highlighted work at the Alternative Village on hempcrete buildings. He also knows what it is like to be stung by a jellyfish and does not recommend the experience. From April to June, Kris was a visiting researcher at the University of Bath in England. The focus of his work there was the durability of strawbale wall systems and the use of natural binders for use in hempcrete.
“What is Biosystems Engineering?”
One common question we face whenever we meet new person is “What is Biosystems engineering?”, and most of us always has a question in our mind, “How do people perceive Biosystems or Biological Engineering?” An attempt was made by Department of Biosystems Engineering to find the answers for these questions. Over the summer, a YouTube video was prepared, in an attempt to bring greater awareness to the profession of Biosystems Engineering. Watch it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Plc6mpwgKc