Dr. Suresh Neethirajan has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering, at the University of Guelph, effective August 1 2011. Suresh comes to the position from Tennessee, USA, where he was a Research Associate and also as an NSERC Post-doctoral fellow at the Biological and Nanoscale Systems Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was a JSPS fellow at the National Food Research Institute, before joining the Oak Ridge labs. Suresh received a bachelor's degree from Tamilnadu Agricultural University, and completed his PhD degree in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. Suresh is a member of the Society for Biological Engineering, the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the Canadian Society for Bioengineering.
I am very pleased to report that everything is in place for a very successful CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from July 10-13, 2011. The theme for the conference is “Growing Renewable Energy”. I encourage all of you to make plans to attend this conference in friendly Manitoba. I would like to thank Doug Small and Past-President, Dennis Hodgkinson, of DGH Engineering for their great help and support in taking care of the local arrangements and doing their best to make sure we have a very successful and memorable annual meeting. For program/conference information, please go to www.bioeng.ca/agm2011-program.
The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship is to recognize academic excellence among student members of the Society. The Scholarship can be awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester (based on a minimum of 12 credit hours and the GPA must qualify the recipient to appear on the Dean’s Honor List). The scholarship recipient will receive a cash award of $ 300.00. The Department Head or his/her designate will select one scholarship recipient per year per department.
Past Foundation funding projects have also included the UG student design projects (1/4-scale tractor competition; application forms available), and payment of first-time-ever graduate student Society dues.
UG student Society dues for all UG years are sponsored by the Society.
Awards for UG student paper, thesis and design projects and Grad student (MSc and PhD) thesis prizes are available. Full details of the procedures for accessing these prizes can be found on line at www.bioeng.ca in the Procedure and Operation Manual, pg 8 Student Competitions. Please observe all deadlines.
I wish all CSBE/SCGAB members and well-wishers the very best in 2011. It is going to be an exciting year and I am counting on your continued and full support and cooperation. Preparations are well underway to hold a very successful CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from July 10-13, 2011. The theme for the conference is “Growing Renewable Energy”. I encourage all of you to make plans to attend this conference in very friendly Manitoba. For program/conference information, please go to www.bioeng.ca/agm2011-program.
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.