Monday, 14 September 2015 13:47

Manitoba Regional News for Summer 2015

nathan-keslerGreetings!  My name is Nathan Kesler and I am the new Manitoba Regional Director for CSBE.  I am a graduate of the department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba, and I currently work in the Manufacturing Engineering department at Buhler Versatile Inc. in Winnipeg.  My goal as Regional Director is to work together with the CSBE team to create a stronger industry presence within the Society.  I have a few ideas on how we might do this, such as a starting a professional-student mentoring program, for example.  But we would like to hear some of your ideas as well!  Please drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any suggestions.  In the meantime, watch for upcoming events, and enjoy the beautiful season that is Fall!  Now onto the news:


Hot off the Presses!

Bio-Imaging-BookR. Vadivambal and Digvir S. Jayas have just published a 381-page, co-authored book entitled “Bio-Imaging: Principles, Techniques, and Applications” with the Taylor francis Group (CRC Press).


Rewards for Research:

Professor Jitendra Paliwal, with co-applicants Stefan Cenkowski, Digvir Jayas, Paul Fields, Noel White, Joe LoVetri, Martin Scanlon, and Doug Thomsom received $1.98 million to purchase new research equipment, with $638,298 coming from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).  The team lead by Dr. Jitendra Paliwal will attempt to perfect technology that will enable farmers to remotely detect the early stages of grain deterioration (typically referred to as “hot spots”).

Professors Qiang Zhang, Stefan Cenkowski and Kris Dick received $249,306 from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John E. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).  Their research will focus on the development of innovative greenhouse technologies to meet the challenges of food insecurity in remote northern communities of Canada.


Industrial Development Dollars:

Buhler Versatile Inc., the agricultural equipment manufacturer best known for its powerful line of farm tractors, is set to receive up to $220,000 in funding through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to support the development of continuously variable transmission (CVT) tractors, and to create hydraulic installation models and drawings for tillage equipment.  Grant Adolph, Chief Operating Officer of the company, stated: “With NRC-IRAP assistance, Versatile will be able to advance development of a continuously variable transmission for tractors, which will result in better efficiency for farmers in Canada and around the world, ultimately enabling them to increase productivity. This funding will contribute to the use of simulation technology, significantly reducing development time, which will allow us to be more competitive in the global marketplacethe development of CVT tractors will  for enhanced productivity of farmers around the world.”


CSBE has recognized the following individuals for their outstanding work in various different areas:

Dr. Qiang Zhang, Dr. Stefan Cenkowski, Taylor Kirouac, Samantha Symons, Amy La, and Valery Agbor.  Keep up the good work! 

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