During the past five years, the Biomass & Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia has conducted extensive research on wood pellet production, storage, handling, life cycle analysis, and characterization of new generation of torrefied pellets. A Collaborative Research and Development program between UBC, Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has funded this project. The British Columbia Ministry of Forest, Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, FPInnovations, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (U.S. Department of Energy), and several private sector partners have also contributed to the development of feedstock engineering research at UBC. The BBRG is organizing a 2-day Workshop at the University of British Columbia during May 17-18, 2011 to share the latest research and development on wood pellets. In addition to members of the BBRG, key members of the industry are invited to present the state of technology of wood pellet processing, handling, and market trends.
Biosystems Engineering alumni Suresh Neethirajan received the 2010 NSERC's Innovation Challenge Award in the honorable mention category for his PhD thesis work. Suresh developed a carbon dioxide sensor for detecting spoilage of stored bulk grains that is efficient, compact and easily deployable. Currently, this problem costs Canada’s grain industry millions of dollars in losses each year.
More information on the 2010 Innovation Challenge Awards is available at http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/NewsRelease-CommuniqueDePresse_eng.asp?ID=220
After what Ernie Barber terms a 30-year identity crisis, the discipline of agricultural engineering has a new home, a new name and a new focus in the College of Engineering.
The college recently combined its Departments of Chemical Engineering and Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering into a single entity that the acting dean believes could mark a sea change for undergraduate program innovation and delivery, organizational structure, and the intersection of the two. It is a change that has been coming for some time.
By Colleen MacPherson
L‟Ordre national du Québec is the highest honour bestowed by the Province of Québec. Mme Angèle St-Yves, ing. was named Knight (Chevalière) of the National Order of Québec.
Mrs. St-Yves was one of the first women in Québec to practice both as an engineer and an agronomist. She was the first woman president of the Ordre des agronomes and the Association des ingénieurs en génie rural.
A biographical note and the speech of Premier of Quebec during the ceremony are available on line at: http://www.ordre-national.gouv.qc.ca/recherche_details.asp?id=800
L' Ordre national du Québec a honoré le 3 juin dernier Mme Angèle St-Yves, ing.. Mme St-Yves a été faite chevalière de l'Ordre national du Québec, la plus haute distinction décernée par le gouvernement du Québec
Angèle St-Yves est l‟une des premières femmes à avoir exercé à la fois la profession d‟ingénieure et celle d‟agronome au Québec. Elle fut la première femme présidente de l‟Ordre des agronomes ainsi que de l‟Association des ingénieurs en génie rural.
Une note biographique et l'allocution du premier ministre du Québec, prononcée lors de la remise de l'insigne, sont disponibles en ligne :http://www.ordre-national.gouv.qc.ca/recherche_details.asp?id=800
From time to time various agencies request that the CSBE/SCGAB office supply the list of members for the distribu-tion of certain products. Your Secretary, James Townsend, is reluctant to do so since we all have too much spam as it is. My approach will be to list the agencies, and their products, in each Perspectives Newsletter so that members can make personal contact with the agencies if they so wish.