Dr. Venkatesh Meda, Associate Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, spearheaded the signing of an International Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India in June 2010. He was a part of the Saskatchewan delegation to India that was led by the Honourable Rob Norris, Saskatchewan Minister for Advance Education, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. There will be collaborative R & D initiatives including joint exchanges of faculty, students and researchers.
Dr. Meda pursued his on-going R & D effort with the Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER), I.I.T. Campus, Mumbai with whom a MOA has already been developed. He was an invited speaker at several Conferences/Workshops including: IICPT, Tanjore; UDCT, Mumbai; Madras University, Chennai; Lakshminarayana Institute of Technology, Nagpur; ICAR, Government of India and in Europe, at the ATB, Potsdam, Germany; and BOKU, Vienna. In February, Dr. Meda attended a Workshop at Ege University, Turkey as part of ISEKI-Mundus EU Project underway on “Integrating Safety and Environment (ISEKI) in Global Food Studies”.
Welcome to Dr. Sharanakumar Hiregoudar, Visiting faculty from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka, India. He will be working with Dr. V. Meda on Emerging Technologies in Agri-Food Processing; includ-ing Nano applications for six months starting August 2010.
Picture: Dr. Meda (second from right) with SK Minister Rob Norris (fourth from left) and their counterparts during the UofS–IICPT MOU signing event, June 7, 2010, New Delhi, India
Hugh Fraser, MSc. P.Eng., Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at Vineland recently wrote the Factsheet, Wind machines for minimizing cold injury to horticul-tural crops (Order #10-045). It lists many Best Management Practices for operation for the 500 wind machines in Ontario which are mostly used to protect grapes from cold injury. See http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/10-045.htm
The University of Saskatchewan Sled Dogs ¼ Scale Tractor Team placed 4th overall in a field of over 20 competitors at this year‟s American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE) ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design.
Left to right: Dr. Scott Noble (Faculty Advisor), Allison Graham, Tyrone Keep, Dallas Nelson, Brian Gould, Stacey Braun, Zack Martin (Captain), Joel McDonald, Shawn Turner, Tyler Keet, Stephan Kop-chynski, Dr. Terry Fonstad (Faculty Advisor)
This year's ASABE/CSBE North Central Inter-Sectional Conference will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Oc-tober 7 - 9, 2010, hosted by the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (former Agricultural and Biore-source Engineering Department and Chemical Engineering Department), College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan. The North Central Section is composed of CSBE and ASABE members in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Technical papers and presentations of research results are solicited on the following areas:
1) Agricultural Systems – agricultural machinery, farm power and electrification, agricultural structures
2) Natural Resources – soil and water, irrigation and drainage, environmental engineering
3) Bioprocessing – food and bioprocess engineering, processing of biological materials
4) ASABE Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design - presentations and papers on design elements, testing, analysis, or innovations. A 1/4 scale tractor pull competition will be arranged.
5) Others – biomedical engineering, engineering education and extension in agriculture, international agricultural engineering extension, etc.
Rebecca Shortt, P.Eng. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at Simcoe, and Andrew Jamieson, P.Eng. at Elora, are working with the Innisfil Creek Water Users Association on an integrated water resources man-agement strategy for the watershed because of critically low water levels in recent years. Innisfil Creek Watershed is north of Toronto, south of Barrie.