On September 24, the annual UMCSBE & Biosystems BBQ was held at the University of Manitoba. The BBQ is a great opportunity for networking for students and professionals alike.

This year, the event was well attended, with about 50 students, 10 industry representatives, and several professors, and a good time was had by all.



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Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba hosted “Engineering Graduate Awards” reception at EITC atrium on March 11, 2015. Vanessa Krahn and Chelladurai Vellaichamy received “W.E. Muir Scholarship for Graduate Students in Biosystems Engineering”. Warren Blunt, Jillian Seniuk Cicek and Chelladurai Vellaichamy received “Edward R. Toporeck Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Engineering”.


Mr & Mrs. Muir with W.E. Muir scholarship recipients (Vanessa, Chella)

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Monday, 03 November 2014 08:52

UMCSBE Talent Show

UMCSBE is organizing a “Talent Show” at “The HUB” on November 10, from 6 to 9pm. The UMCSBE talent show will be a fun and casual way to get to know how talented your fellow CSBE members and friends are. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.  If you are interested in signing up to perform, please call/text UMCSBE Event Manager Jamie Cheung at (204) 228-9855.   The HUB is located in University Center (Chancellors Circle) at the University of Manitoba.  ID's are mandatory (for all ages), so please don't forget yours!


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Kris Dick is part of the organizing committee for NOCMAT2015. The conference entitled “Construction for Sustainability – Green Materials and Technologies” is scheduled for August 10-13, 2015.

The University of Manitoba Association of Tiny Tractors (UMATT) made the trip to Peoria to participate in the ¼ Scale Tractor Competition. They will be accompanied by their faculty advisor, Don Petkau. Results from the competition will be included in the next newsletter.

There are a total of 24 graduands of the Biosystems Engineering undergraduate program who will be receiving degrees at May Convocation.

Don Petkau will be attending the Fifth Annual Conference of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) in Canmore from June 8-11, 2014.

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The main duties of the regional director are: encouraging suitable candidates from our Manitoba respective region to apply for CSBE membership, working with university representatives on student recruitment, meet with students early in the academic year to make them aware of CSBE/SCGAB and its objectives, organize regional activities on an annual basis, recruit a committee to help in regional activities, and act as general contact person for CSBE/SCGAB in the Manitoba region. At the start of this year, I set my goals as:
  • Organize a networking event along with orientation to the new students of Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba.
  • Forming an organizing committee to work on regional activities.
  • Develop a plan to organize professional development activity for CSBE members.
  • Identifying potential professional associations in the province for collaboration to conduct regional activities.  

Orientation and networking BBQ at Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba was organized for new graduate and undergraduate students on October 1st, 2013 by Manitoba section of CSBE, Biosystems Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (BEGSA), Manitoba section of CSBE Undergraduate Student Chapter, and Department of Biosystems Engineering.  The total attendance for this event was 94, which include graduate and undergraduate students, academic members of department of Biosystems engineering and industry members. The session started with the a talk by Dr. Danny Mann, head of the department about introduction to department of Biosystems engineering, followed by a presentation about academic writing and publication by Dr. SriRanjan, Editor, Canadian Biosystems Engineering.  Chella Vellaichamy, Manitoba regional director talked about CSBE membership and its benefits to students during and after their academic life; and distributed membership applications. Totally 22 new students attended this orientation program were joined with current enrolled students, academic staffs, and 3 industrial member for the BBQ event at 6:30pm. 

Local organizing committee to help regional director to conduct regional activities has been formed with 6 members. The members of this committee are:

1.      Chella Vellaichamy (Regional director)
2.      Dr. Danny Mann (Head of department of Biosystems engineering),
3.      Ravikanth Lankapalli (Graduate student, Department of Biosystems engineering)
4.      Steven Murray (Undergraduate student, Department of Biosystems engineering)
5.      Annette Kroeker (Bulher Versatile Inc.)
6.      Prabal Gosh (Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiative)

A tentative plan has been laid out to organize a workshop series (3 to 4 workshops) for the members in Fall 2014 and Winter 2015. A membership information session will be organized in September 2014 at university of Manitoba to advertise about our society to the new students.

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Warren Blunt, Senthilkumar Thiruppathi, Chelladurai Vellaichamy (PhD students) have been awarded Edward R. Toporeck Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Engineering. Chelladurai Vellaichamy (PhD student) has been awarded W.E. Muir Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Biosystems Engineering.

Congratulations to award winners!

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:22

Honduras Project 2014

(Photo by: John Sherk)

Dr. Kris Dick, Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering just returned with his student group from working on a project in rural Honduras. This is an annual project that he leads with a group called Students For Sustainability. A total of 12 students from Biosystems, Civil, Nursing and Architecture worked at an elementary school on a rainwater collection system, water filtration system, irrigation for a school garden, teaching classes in health and other construction projects. Students stay with local families to gain some insight into life in Honduras. All elements of the project were designed by the students over the fall term on their own time working with Dr. Dick and his graduate student Garry Enns. They are already planning for next year's project. 


(Photos by: Jonathan van Leeuwen)

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Saturday, 14 September 2013 23:30

Manitoba Regional News – Summer 2013

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

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 12:00

Manitoba Regional News - Spring 2013

Totally 16 Biosystems engineering under-graduate students received their B.Sc. (BioE) degrees at the Spring 2013 convocation. With the new specialization option, 3 graduated with the Biomedical Specialization, 5 with the Environmental Specialization, and 1 with the Agricultural Specialization.

Shawn Wiebe won this years’ Faculty of Engineering Program Medal in Biosystems Engineering.

Idris Ademuyiwa Adelakun,  Leno Jose Guzman Quinonez, Maria Anastasia Mastorakos and Charles Chioma Nwaizu received their M.Sc. degrees and Joe Nelson Ackerman, Robert Vaughan Parsons, and   Mohammad Al-Amin Sadek received their Ph.D. degrees at the May 2013 Convocation.

Awards and Scholarships

Saravanan Nandhagopal (PhD student) has been awarded Edward R. Toporeck Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Engineering. Marcos Cordeiro, and Senthilkumar Thiruppathi (PhD students) have been awarded W.E. Muir Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Biosystems Engineering.

Amy La, Behzad Bashiri, Chelladurai Vellaichamy and Ravikanth Lankapalli, graduate students from the department of Biosystems Engineering have been awarded University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF). Congratulations to award winners!

Manitoba Schools Science Symposium

The CSBE Manitoba Region continued its effort to create awareness about biological engineering to school students through sponsoring awards at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium held on April 27th at the University of Manitoba. 

Tooba Razi, grade 7 student won the Biosystems Engineering award in intermediate category for her project “Effect of blade angle on wind turbine efficiency”.


Keisha Mendoza, Grade 11student won senior category award for the project entitled “An A’peeling way to filter water: The banana peel water filter”.




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Monday, 25 March 2013 11:01

Manitoba Regional News - Winter 2013

CSBE Membership Information Session


Manitoba section of CSBE, Biosystems Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (BEGSA) and Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba jointly organized a “membership information session” for graduate and under graduate students on March 1st, 2013. Totally 28 graduate and under graduate students attended this session. The session started with lunch and refreshments, along with informal conversation with Dennis Hodgkinson, President, DGH Engineering, and Vice- President (Industries), CSBE, Dr. Qiang Zhang, Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering and President, CSBE and Dr. Danny Mann, Head, Department of Biosystems Engineering. Dennis delivered a guest speech about potential employment opportunities for biosystems engineers, and importance of professional networking through CSBE for their professional development and job search. Dr. Zhang talked about CSBE membership and its benefits, and Dr. Mann, Head, Department of Biosystems Engineering explained about the benefits of CSBE membership during their student life and importance of continuing with our society after graduation. Students were actively involved in the conversation about our society’s role in their career development, and expressed their expectations from CSBE. Most of the students indicated that, similar kind of industry networking events through CSBE in regular basis will help to increase the value of our society and also improve students’ involvement in our society activities. Some student showed their interest to become members of CSBE and new member applications were distributed. The whole session lost for about two hours, and ended with a small gift to Dennis from BEGSA and CSBE. The students expressed that, the session helped them to understand the CSBE membership benefits and the role of professional network for their carrier development. From our society point of view, we felt that this session really helped us to understand students’ expectation from our society and the way to improve student engagement in our society activities. I want to express my sincere thanks to Warren Blunt, President, BEGSA and Dr. Mann for their help in organizing this information session.

Department of Biosystems Engineering News

Dr. Digvir Jayas was invited to present a Keynote address during the International Conference of Agricultural Engineering organized by Sultan Quaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman on February 24-26, 2013; his talk was entitled “Preserving ingredients for producing high quality food products.”

Dr. Myron (Ron) Britton officially retired as a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba on December 31, 2012. As of January 1, 2013 he became a Senior Scholar in the Faculty, an appointment that provides him with an on-campus office and allows him to maintain his involvement with teaching and research.


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