Chella Vellaichamy

Chella Vellaichamy

tel: 204-474-7292

Manitoba School Science Symposium (MSSS) is the yearly provincial showcase event for school students to display their scientific knowledge, and CSBE/ SCGAB once again made it's presence at MSSS by awarding one project each from senior and intermediate category which are related to bioengineering field. This year, 25 projects out of 450 displayed projects found to be related to bioengineering field.  Evan Chan from Grand Park High School won the intermediate category award for the project “Developing an Interdigitated Capacitive Sensor to Evaluate the Quality of food solutions” and Jacob Harvey from Grant Park High School won the senior category award for the project “Medium optimization for bioplastic in non-sterile conditions using Pseudomonas Putida”.  

Congratulations to these young talents!

int winner
Evan Chan - 2017 CSBE/SCGAB award Winner- Intermediate category

senior award
Jacob Harvey - 2017 CSBE/SCGAB award Winner- Senior category

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.



Dr. Digvir Jayas received 2015 Engineering Ambassador Award from the Partners In Research’s (PIR) whose mandate is to educate the public about the importance and significance of research within the biomedical and natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics domains. With these awards the PIR celebrates leading Canadian research, its promotion to the public through outreach activities and recognize the impact of this research on the lives of Canadians.

Dr. Digvir Jayas has been elected as President of Engineers Canada for 2015-2016 term. In the coming year, Dr. Jayas and the Engineers Canada Board will work with the engineering regulators to advance the profession in the public interest.

Dr. Ron Britton has been elected as President-Elect of the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers.

The Alternative Village is located on the west side of the University of Manitoba campus and is home to the Biosystems Strawable Research Facility and other test structures. Kris Dick, an associate professor in Biosystems Engineering, is the Director. Research on non-conventional materials, wood products, solar energy greenhouse, building envelope studies and alternative energy projects take place at the village. A recent article in the Canadian Consulting Engineer has an interview with Kris and highlights some of the activities.  Read it at http://www.canadianconsultingengineer.com/features/the-alternative-village/.

CSBE/ SCGAB continued it's presence at Manitoba School Science Symposium (MSSS), provincial showcase event for school students to display their scientific knowledge by awarding one project each from senior and junior category which are related to bioengineering field. Tasneem Vahora, Annette Kroeker, Senthilkumar Thiruppathi and Aadesh Rahkra volunteered along with Chella Vellaichamy to choose the projects for CSBE awards. This year, out of 358 projects displayed, 22 found to be related to bioengineering field. Sydney Mangilit and Winnica Beltrano from Ecole River Heights won the junior category award for their project “Removal of Phosphorus through Phytoremediation”. Jordan Groening and George Camara from Grant Park High School won the senior category award for the project “Water Filtration”. 

2015 CSBE/SCGAB award Winners- Junior category

2015 CSBE/SCGAB award Winner- Senior category

Judges (S. Thirupathi, A. Rahkra, C. Vellaichamy, T. Vahora and A. Kroeker) at MSSS competition

It was a fun and challenging year as Manitoba Regional Director. I have participated in all of the Council and membership engagement committee meetings. The major success of our Manitoba region is the creation of a very vibrant CSBE student chapter at university of Manitoba. The student chapter helped me a lot in organizing regional activities. Manitoba section of CSBE organized a networking BBQ at University of Manitoba on September 9, 2014 along with CSBE Undergraduate Student Chapter and Biosystems Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (BEGSA). I have also invited executive members of CIFST (Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology) and 6 executives from CIFST participated in this networking event. The total attendance for this event was 98, which include graduate and under graduate students, academic members of department of Biosystems engineering and industry members. I also participated in Manitoba School Science Symposium (MSSS), the showcase event for school students to display their scientific knowledge. To create awareness about our Biosystems engineering to school students, CSBE awards have been given to the projects related to bioengineering field.  Four CSBE members (Tasneem Vahora, Annette Kroeker, Senthilkumar Thiruppathi and Aadesh Rahkra) helped me to choose 2 projects CSBE awards (one each from junior and senior category) out of 358 projects displayed in MSSS.

This is my final report as Manitoba regional director, and I sincerely thank all the volunteers helped me to organize regional activities in last 5 years. I am looking forward to work with our incoming Manitoba Regional Director.

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)

Friday, 12 December 2014 13:00

Department of Biosystems Engineering News

Ron Britton was named an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba at their Annual Meeting on October 24, 2014.

Friday, 12 December 2014 12:59

Interested in Biochar research?

by Pete de Graaf

Biochar is a solid material obtained from the carbonization of biomass and it is mainly used for soil amendment purposes. Researchers from Oregon State University are collaborating with Walking Point Farms LLC, Tigard, OR for developing an interesting product and have received funding for further development of a biochar product that they claim increases wheat yields considerably. For more details about this project, visit: http://oregonbest.org/news-events/news/item/news/News/action/detail/story/building-a-commercial-market-for-biochar/

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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