Manitoba Regional News

Congratulations to the following Biosystems engineering students who will receive their degrees at the spring convocation:

  • B.Sc. Degree:  Tobias Becker, Warren Blunt, Leno Guzman, Esaias Jordaan, Annette Kroeker, Grant Rayner, Ronnie Robinson, and Archana Uprety.
  • M.Sc. Degree:  David Ennis, Elsie Jordaan, Michelle Paetkau, Hin Yat Tang, and Nathan Wrana.


The University of Manitoba’s Quarter Scale Tractor Team is making excellent progress on researching and designing their brand new  2011 tractor.  The 2011 competition will be held in Peoria, IL from June 2-5.  This fall we saw our team grow as new students joined to learn the competition rules and gain some experience.  As the days to competition grow closer, members of the team can be found in the Biosystems Engineering Fabrication Shop every week and every weekend, as final designs are completed and fabrication gets underway.

Academic staff in the Department of Biosystems Engineering are gearing up for the new academic year. A total of 33 new undergraduate students have been admitted into the Department bringing the total undergraduate student population to approximately 90. One student, Heng Liu, has completed her degree requirements in time for October convocation. A new initiative currently being planned for the fall is a Biosystems Career Fair on November 3, 2010 from 4:30-9:00 pm at the University of Manitoba. The intent is to have representatives from potential em-ployers of Biosystems engineers in attendance to meet with students (seeking summer, co-op, or permanent employ-ment). Further information will be sent at a later date, however, do not hesitate to contact the Department Head, Danny Mann, at 474-7149 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to reserve your space in the inaugural Biosystems Career Fair.

Monday, 16 August 2010 09:32

International Award for CSBE Member

SureshSuresh Neethirajan, JSPS Fellow from the National Food Research Institute, Japan and a 2009 Ph.D. graduate from the Biosystems Engineering Department (University of Manitoba) was awarded the Armand BLANC Prize by the World Congress of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Quebec City on June 15. The Armand BLANC prize is awarded to young researchers under 30 years of age for presenting excellent technical and scientific papers at a CIGR World Congress.

Suresh Neethirajan was invited by the Commission de l'ethique de la science et de la technologie of the Quebec Government to give a talk entitled "Food Applications of Nanoscale Science - Current Scenario" on June 17 2010.

Congratulation Suresh!

Suresh Neethirajan, a recent PhD graduate and a postdoctoral fellow from the Department of Biosystems Engineering has been awarded multiple international awards for his academic and research excellence. Suresh received the prestigious Obei-Tanki Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to work as a visiting researcher at the National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba. The Obei-Tanki Fellowship is only awarded once per researcher in their lifetime. Suresh is also a recipient of Humboldt Fellowship from Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, Germany and the 2010 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship from Canada to work at the Max Planck Institute, Germany and at The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee respectively.

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