Notices to Members

Sunday, 14 December 2014 11:50

From the Journal Editor R. Sri Ranjan

Thanks for the funding support from the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation and the donation of printed edition of the past journal volumes from Mr. Denyse LeBlanc, the entire Canadian Biosystems Engineering journal papers are fully accessible online now.  All the papers were scanned and processed with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to make it fully searchable.  From Volume 1 to Volume 42 there are two sets of files available for download.  The “raw” file is the image file, which is the scanned image and is not searchable.  The “ocr” file is the processed file that is searchable.  However, the OCR process may not recognize the difference between some letters and numbers resulting errors.   In those cases you can refer to the original “raw” file.   Our Webmaster René Morissette was kind enough to build the interface to make it accessible.   Our journal was published online from Volume 42 onwards.

By joining the CrossRef in 2013, all the CBE journal papers have been assigned Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers.  The DOI will enable our papers to be easily searchable and accessible from every paper that references these papers.  Membership in CrossRef has increased the visibility of our papers through numerous indexing services affiliated with CrossRef.   Recently, we signed a memorandum of understanding with CNKI Scholar in China to publicize our papers in China.   This will increase the visibility of our papers worldwide.

I contacted the Browzine app developers to link our CBE journal to their app which they did.   Now, our papers are easily accessible through the Browzine app that allows you to easily access and download the papers onto your iPad/Android devices for offline reading.  

A concerted effort has been made to decrease the time to publication.  Our Section Editors have been pushing to have the reviews done within four weeks.   These efforts have helped improve the time of publication.   We need the cooperation and timely action from our volunteer reviewers to maintain this momentum. Thank you all for your continued support. 

Friday, 12 December 2014 13:01

News from VP Membership

Renewal Time.   Decemberis membership renewal time. If you have not already done so, please complete your renewal form and send in with your cheque or credit card payment. Thank you.

Student Membership.   Did you and your faculty advisors know that a first time student membership can last up to 16 months? It’s true. If a student (graduate or undergraduate) first joins CSBE/SCGAB in September at the start of a school year; the student membership is good for the remainder of that calendar year and the entire following calendar year. Subsequent student membership renewals are on a calendar year basis similar to all other membership classifications. However, if a student first joins CSBE/SCGAB during the months of January through August, that membership is only good for the remainder of that calendar year. Therefore best membership value is for a student to join during the fall semester.

Awards for Members.   This is also the time of year to start thinking about the various awards available to the membership at large. These range from a host of student project and thesis awards to recognizing members for various outstanding contributions to the engineering profession. Faculty advisors please ensure the students (both graduate and under-graduate) are made aware of these awards since many schools miss these opportunities to help reward new knowledge. Members take a look around your department or organization and consider nominating a deserving colleague for one of the 7 engineering awards available each year. You may even identify a worthy candidate to receive a Fellow or Member Emeritus designation. Please visit our website and review the award categories and consider either applying or nominating a deserving member. 

Friday, 12 December 2014 11:48

Welcome to new CSBE/SCGAB members!

On behalf of all CSBE/SCGAB members, the Council would like to welcome the 27 new members who joined the Society between August 2014 and November 2014

Bernard Goyette
Mirja Maja
Katrina H. Schuler
Angela C. Pasquale
Leslie S. Enerson
Jared Werner
Charley J. Sprenger
Mr MD Shamim Ahamed
Alanna L. Howell

Oluwafemi A. Oyedeji
Vikramaditya G. Yadav
Quan Sophia He
Andrea M. Hesketh
Tanishq Verma
Israel A. Hernandez
Shene P. Damphousse
Mathieu Fillion
Jose M. De Castro
Mariana J. Cheung
Jonathan A. Durand
K.C. Kiesman
Garrett Q. Malkowich
Behzad Bashiri
Tyler McClendon
Orla Williams
Inneke Victor
Jordan D. Cruise
Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:30

Welcome to new CSBE/SCGAB members!

On behalf of all CSBE/SCGAB members, the Council would like to welcome the 106 new members who joined the Society between April 2014 and July 2014 !

Irene Davies
Ding-Yu Peng
Xiaolei Zhang
Ezinwa Agbor
Amelie Porrault
Hazem Alhanthi
Michele Berthelette
Jennifer Coey
Francis Cote
Ryley Davidson
Taylor Kirovac
Jennifer Pieniuta
Aaron Steinberg
Leo McGuire
Francois Thibodeau
Emily Chiang
S M Hassan Shahrukh
Giezi Arevalo
Donovan Carriere
Chi Kit Chan
Zixin Chang
Raymond Davis
Ahmed Hammad
Christopher Harrysingh
Thomas Neusitzer
Steven Nikkel
Adam Okeno
Charlie Pogue
Mark Rabena
Alison Smith
Douglas Takacs
Bin Zhu
David Wituszynski
Samuel Ferre
Dustin Eichhorn
Matthew Eady
Edward Drielak
Manpreet Aulakh
Mahsa Hosseini

Shannon Carter
Sukhjot Mann
Mukta Nandanwar
Kristen Henn
Divya Gupta
Nicholas Lefebvre 
Adeyemi Adegbenjo
Patricia Gaudet
Aghil Yari
Rong Yue
Elizabeth Faulkner
Jasmeen Kaur
Josiah McNutt
Nawfal Mungroo
Karen Roode
Mandi Wilson
Meng Xu
Ebenezer Kwofie
Nadeem Muhammad
Qianjing Jiang
Azhar Baig
Jason Cousins
Beatriz Cano
Dennis Hallema
Araceli Martinez
Kayode Nwanze
Yann Periard
Haider Abbas
Matthew LeGrand
Lee Preiss
Sunli Chen
Cheng Lu
Kate Reilly
Savannah Cowherd
Maryam Kargar
Cuiling Li
Deasy Nalley
Saurabh Sarma
Juan Zhao
Maria Garcia Holguera
Nnedimma Nnebe
Farzad Saadatian
Arianne Gagnon
Brendan Peachey
Michael Saminsky
Rahul Suresh
Evan Wright
Daeung Yu
Awa Mbodj
Gianni Montanaro
Camilo Perez
Bharath Sudarsan
Jun Dong
Carolyn Jang
Diane Bulot
Ogan Mba
Erbolat Riskulov
Antonio Galan
Mahmood Ebadian
Kiruba Krishnaswamy
Zhenliang Zhao
Kiara Winans
Andrew Froese
Edris Madadian
Luis Nieto
Jamshid Rahimi
Srinivasa Reddy 
Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:50

Membership Reminders

We are always looking for new members to strengthen our organization. Have you asked a colleague about joining CSBE/SCGAB?

It will not be all that long before existing members will be receiving their notice to renew their membership for 2015. There are 4 categories of membership. These include student, regular member, member emeritus and fellow. Here is a brief outline of each category;

Student Member: is defined as an undergraduate or graduate student studying some aspect of bioengineering or interested in this area of study. Since the school year and calendar year do not coincide, a first time student member joining CSBE/SCGAB between September and December of the calendar year will have his membership run until the following December (up to 16 months). After that the student membership runs on the calendar year like all other member grades. If you have contact with engineering students invite them to consider membership in CSBE.

Regular Member: is a person who through employment, scientific attainments, education, or experience is interested in the advancement of the objectives of the Society. This is our main membership category and is the life blood of the CSBE/SCGAB. When renewing your membership, think about asking a colleague to consider joining if not already a member.

Member Emeritus: is a member aged 65 or more who has retired from professional life but who wishes to maintain professional contact with CSBE/SCGAB. This member category has all member benefits except voting privileges. A member or ex-member may either ask or be invited to become a “Member Emeritus”. If you qualify for this member designation, give it consideration as the dues are minimal.  

Fellow: is an honorary status to which to which members of distinction may be elected but for which they may not apply.  A “fellow” shall be a member of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the fields of agricultural, food, and biological engineering. Additionally, a “fellow” shall have been a member of the Society for at least 10 years and have 20 years of active practice in the profession. If you wish to nominate a member for this honour, please let us know.

Membership Certificates: It has come to our attention that for the last several years, a Membership Certificate has not been printed and sent to a new member joining CSBE/SCGAB. Recently, several members have enquired about the possibility of getting such a document to hang on their office wall. Therefore, we have re-instated this practice and would like to hear from anyone who did not receive a membership certificate when they joined and would like to request one at this time. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact information so that the proper arrangements can be made to send you one. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:40

Welcome to new Ontario and BC regional directors

hugh-fraserHugh Fraser, Ontario regional director

Hugh Fraser received undergrad and master degrees from the University of Guelph and is an agricultural engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) at Vineland, Ontario. He is the provincial engineering specialist on horticultural crop protection and post-harvest handling and a member of CSBE since 1980.

Hugh has extensive training and experience on conflict resolution for on-farm nuisance complaints, such as noise, under the Farming and Food Production Protection Act. He has an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from Stitt Feld Handy Group. He holds an environmental noise certificate from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and has investigated hundreds of agricultural nuisance noise issues.

Hugh is the provincial lead on the Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) formulae for siting livestock facilities from incompatible uses such as homes; and vice versa.

Hugh is an international expert on; wind machines for cold-injury protection; forced-air cooling of horticultural produce; bird predation control in horticultural settings; design of reusable plastic containers for horticultural produce; moisture migration into polyurethane foam insulation; and dead farm animal disposal.

Hugh has authored over 25 factsheets for OMAFRA and 16 papers at CSBE/ASABE technical meetings

Hugh’s varied hobbies include; walking with his wife (2000 km annually); juggling (often while walking); refinishing antique Canadiana furniture; playing hockey; curling; researching family history; drawing/writing cartoons; playing harmonica; constructing/selling duct tape wallets (a passion!); and an obsession with old barns, sadly disappearing from the Canadian landscape. Hugh is writing a book about goofy things he has seen and done (kids said to do it), and is attending intermediate oral/written French classes.

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linoj-kumarDr. Linoj Kumar, British Columbia regional director

Dr. Linoj Kumar is currently working as a Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia. Dr. Kumar has more than 10 years of experience in processing lignocellulosic biomass for biofuels and biorefinery. He has recently completed his PhD from UBC. Prior to joining UBC, he has been working as a Research Associate at the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India where he was leading a research team on liquid biofuels and chemicals. While the major focus of his laboratory research was in biomass and biorefinery, he was also involved in the policy issues related to the sustainability of biofuels and forest products. He has handled several government and industry funded research projects in this area as a Principal Investigator and has coauthored 15 peer-reviewed publications and several technical reports. Linoj was also selected for several awards including the prestigious BOYSCAST fellowship offered to outstanding young scientists by the government of India.

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Manitoba section of CSBE, Biosystems Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (BEGSA), CSBE Undergraduate Student Chapter and Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba jointly organized a “Networking BBQ” at Room E2-229, EITC, University of Manitoba on September 9, 2014. Invitations were sent out to all CSBE members in our region. Executive members of CIFST (Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology) also invited for this event. The total attendance for this event was 98, which include graduate and under graduate students, academic members of department of biosystems engineering, industry members and 6 executives from CIFST. The BBQ started at 6 pm, and the key item on the menu was chicken prepared using the “secret biosystems engineering recipe". Dr. Danny Mann welcomed the new students to the department and Chella Vellaichamy, Manitoba regional director talked about benefits of CSBE membership. Kevin Seegal, Chair of CIFST Manitoba section explained about CIFST membership and Elizabeth Harris, President, UMCSBE thanked all the participants. All the participants enjoyed the interaction with fellow students and staffs in the warm indoor facility on a cold, windy evening with nice food. Most of the people stayed till 8:00 pm, and event ended with a musical chair game. Special thanks to Steven Murray, Elizabeth Harris and other executive members of U of M CSBE Student Chapter for organizing this BBQ and BEGSA for their financial support. 

Monday, 18 August 2014 10:28

CSBE AGM Minutes and Annual Reports

Agenda and minutes of the AGM and annual reports are available in our files repository: http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/csbe/documentation/public/6496-agm-2014-montreal



2014 ASABE and CSBE | SCGAB Annual International Meeting, July 13 – 16, 2014. Montreal, Quebec Canada

Merci à nos commanditaires / Thanks to our sponsors

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The Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE/SCGAB) thanks its three major sponsors during its annual meeting held in Montréal on July 13-16, 2014: the Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAPAQ), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and MacDon Industries. The conference, organized jointly with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), was attended by 1,607 participants from 35 countries, including 1,063 Americans, 264 Canadians, 115 Chinese, 44 South Koreans and 21 Brazilians. More than 1,000 technical papers were presented on engineering applied to agriculture, food and the environment. The Society thanks its sponsors and numerous volunteers who contributed to a highly successful conference.

La Société canadienne de génie agroalimentaire et de bioingénierie (CSBE/SCGAB) remercie ses trois commanditaires majeurs lors de la conférence annuelle tenue à Montréal du 13 au 16 juillet 2014 : le Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), le ministère de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et des affaires rurales de l’Ontario (MAAARO) et MacDon Industries. La conférence conjointe avec la Société américaine de génie agroalimentaire (ASABE) a réuni 1607 participants provenant de 35 pays, dont 1063 Américains, 264 Canadiens, 115 Chinois, 44 Coréens du sud et 21 Brésiliens. Plus de 1000 communications techniques y ont été présentées en ingénierie appliquée à l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement. La Société remercie ses commanditaires et les nombreux bénévoles qui ont contribué au succès de cet événement.



The joint meeting of the 2014 ASABE/CSBE-SCGAB in Montreal was a resounding success with over 1600 in attendance.  If you had presented a paper/poster at this conference, please consider publishing your research in the Canadian Biosystems Engineering journal.   You can submit your paper online through our website (http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/publications/cbe-journal/submit-a-paper).   The peer review of your paper will be done through our Editorial Board in a timely manner.

Our papers are open-access and assigned DOI numbers, which are widely indexed.  This gives wide exposure to your research.  The first four pages cost C$55/page with additional pages costing $80/page along with an abstract translation cost.  Non-members of CSBE-SCGAB pay double this rate. 

We look forward to receiving your paper for consideration.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 204.474.9344 if you have any questions.


R. Sri Ranjan, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Editor, Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal


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