The University of Guelph's Ridgetown Campus has received more than $2.6 million from the federal government for biofuel research and development. The money will be used to construct an anaerobic digester using manure to generate methane, and a demonstration laboratory. The anaerobic digester will be one of only a few such renewable energy source facilities in Ontario. The technology processes the waste to produce electricity, waste heat and fertilizer, among other things. The money comes from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario through the Community Adjustment Fund.
Suresh Neethirajan, a recent PhD graduate and a postdoctoral fellow from the Department of Biosystems Engineering has been awarded multiple international awards for his academic and research excellence. Suresh received the prestigious Obei-Tanki Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to work as a visiting researcher at the National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba. The Obei-Tanki Fellowship is only awarded once per researcher in their lifetime. Suresh is also a recipient of Humboldt Fellowship from Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, Germany and the 2010 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship from Canada to work at the Max Planck Institute, Germany and at The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee respectively.
(with contributions from L. Tabil)
(excerpted from College of Engineering media release)
The 2010 Engineering Innovative Design and Student Paper Competitions was held at Marquis Hall at the University of Saskatchewan in March 24, 2010. Fourteen teams presented their innovative engineering design and paper ideas. In both the design and paper competitions, the teams that placed first won $1000. The second place winner received $500 and third place received $300.
Ms. Randi Phinney (Biological Engg student) was awarded best co-op student of 2009- 2010 under Science & Engg category. She worked for 3 terms with Tetra-Pack in Lund, Sweden.
The mandate of Dr. Claude Laguë, P.Eng., ing. as Chair of the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS) has been extended to April 2011. Claude has been serving in that capacity since 2008. A national organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of engineering education and research, the NCDEAS is made of more than 40 colleges, schools, and universities that offer undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Claude has been serving as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa since 2006 and he was previously the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan (2002 – 2006). He is a 29-year member of CSBE/SCGAB and of ASABE.
The 4th annual Canadian Triticale Biorefinery Initiative (CTBI) workshop, organized by the CTBI management team, was held at Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures in Edmonton, Alberta from April 20 to 22, 2010. It was a successful workshop which was well attended by the science contributors and industry representatives. The first day focused on business opportunities in three value chains and the future of crop development. Following days highlighted the three CTBI contributing institutions in Edmonton, as site visits; and series of science presentations where new discoveries and progress were reported. Feedback received from attendees was very positive, it was felt that there were great networking, science and business discussions.
I am pleased to inform you that Darrin Drollinger has accepted our offer to be the new Executive Director of ASABE, pending confirmation by the Board of Trustees on June 20. Darrin is a 21-year member of ASABE and has more than 20 years of experience in association management, currently serving as Vice President of Statistics, Technical and Safety Services for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). His interest in agricultural and biological engineering began in his family’s greenhouse business while he was growing up in Ohio, and continued as a student at The Ohio State University where he graduated with a BS in Agricultural Engineering. He also earned an MBA degree from Loyola University.
Darrin brings to the Executive Director position outstanding leadership skills, extensive association management and international relations experience, and a passion for agricultural and biological engineering. Upon accepting the position Darrin stated, “I'm honored to be nominated as the ninth leader for the Society in our 103-year history.” As President of our great Society, I am certain the future for ASABE is very promising with Darrin as the Executive Director. Please join me in welcoming him.
ASABE President 2009-2010
Many of you are aware of the fact that I have decided to step down as the Secretary-Manager for the Society. This will be my last newsletter. It has been my great pleasure to serve in this position since late 2003. I hope that you have enjoyed the news as presented in the newsletter. Just in case you thought that all I have done was the newsletter publishing I am listing the complete formal duties of the Secretary-Manager.
The Annual General Meeting of the Society
Date: 2010 06 14 Monday
Time: 12 00 to 13 30 with lunch
Duration: Approximately 90 minutes or less
Place: Room 206B, Convention Centre, Quebec City
The 2009 Audit is presented in abbreviated form on the following pages. No essential material is omitted. The full 2009 Audit with supporting documentation can be downloaded here:
Au cours de la dernière année, plusieurs membres de la SCGAB ont travaillé à la promotion et à l’organisation du congrès conjoint CIGR-SCGAB. Nos nombreuses démarches ont permis d’intéresser cinq autres associations à tenir leur congrès annuel simultanément. Ces groupes sont: Drainage Symposium, Infita, Ecological Engineer Annual Meeting and Nano Bioeng Symposium 2010. Au delà de 600 congressistes devraient être présents. Le site www. bioeng.ca/cigr2010/ est consacré à ce congrès international.