Professor Suresh Neethirajan, Biological Engineering of the University of Guelph received the 2015 Young Engineer Achievement Award from Engineers Canada, presented to a professional engineer under 35 for outstanding contributions in engineering. Established in 1972, Engineers Canada awards are national awards which honour the contributions of Canadian engineers to their profession, their community and well-being of Canadians.
Suresh Neethirajan is the first ever faculty from the University of Guelph and from the Canadian Society of Bioengineering to win this national award. Professor Neethirajan is considered as the Canadian leader in the area of microfluidics and bionanotechnology for agricultural, food safety and veterinary health applications.
The Bionanolab headed by Professor Suresh focuses on developing tools food safety and biological engineering applications through the fundamental and applied understanding of physico-chemical properties of bacterial biofilms and development of biosensing techniques. Microfluidic wound models mimicking skin for exploring polymicrobial interactions, rapid high-throughput drug screening platforms, smart surfaces for prevention of biofouling for food industries, biosensors for rapid detection of avian influenza virus, and Lab-on-a-chip diagnostics for bovine ketosis are some examples of the UofG’s bionanolab research inventions.
Professor Suresh received the prestigious 2014 Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation in recognition of his research excellence. He currently serves as the Vice-President (Technical) for the Canadian Society for Bioengineering, as a member of Academic Requirements Committee of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and as the chair of the emerging technologies development committee of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Professor Suresh was presented with the Engineering Medal for Young Engineer at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Calgary on May 21, 2015.