Perspectives Newsletter Summer 2010

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.

For further information about the meeting, please contact Dr. Huiqing Guo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Chair for this meeting.

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.

Published in Ontario Regional News

Academic staff in the Department of Biosystems Engineering are gearing up for the new academic year. A total of 33 new undergraduate students have been admitted into the Department bringing the total undergraduate student population to approximately 90. One student, Heng Liu, has completed her degree requirements in time for October convocation. A new initiative currently being planned for the fall is a Biosystems Career Fair on November 3, 2010 from 4:30-9:00 pm at the University of Manitoba. The intent is to have representatives from potential em-ployers of Biosystems engineers in attendance to meet with students (seeking summer, co-op, or permanent employ-ment). Further information will be sent at a later date, however, do not hesitate to contact the Department Head, Danny Mann, at 474-7149 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to reserve your space in the inaugural Biosystems Career Fair.

Published in Manitoba Regional News

BCN2nd Annual Strategic Retreat
November 7 - 9, 2010

“Refining Technology for Biomass Conversion: Conventional Products through Unconventional Approaches”

The Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) is holding their Second Annual Strategic Retreat November 7-9, 2010 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Based out of the University of Alberta, the BCN aims to advance the bioindus-trial sector in Alberta by strategically aligning research activities in the area of biorefining conversions to accelerate technology development and implementation, facilitating collaborative partnerships between all levels of academia, industry, and government providing an innovative space to develop concepts with easy access to a large pool of ex-pertise and resources. We aim to bridge an indentified gap in the innovation chain between feedstock supply and product distribution.

Published in Alberta Regional News

In the 4th International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition held in Prince Gorge in June 2009, in addition to post-ers presented by Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at UBC, they are also invited to speak on a panel session discussing about Bioenergy Technologies for Tomorrow. BBRG‟s PhD candidate, Zahra Tooyserkani, participated and discussed about Hydrothermal Pretreatments of Biomass for Pellet Production on behalf of all BBRG members. In the lieu of speaker‟s gift, a donation has been made in BBRG‟s name to a scholarship in Bioenergy at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Thursday, 16 September 2010 14:19

Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) news

Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) in Clean Energy Center at the University of British Columbia conducts innovative research in biomass densification, preprocessing, resource management, material characteriza-tion, and supply logistics. Below is a list of projects done or being done in BBRG:

  • Biomass steam explosion for improved densification
  • Simulation and verification of logistics of biomass (woody and herbaceous) supply chains
  • Self heating of wood pellets in storage
  • Off gassing kinetics related to pellet physical properties
  • Airflow pressure drop in bulk wood pellets
  • Studies on GIS based availability and supply of cereal straw as a feedstock for a biorefinery in Peace River Region
  • Bioenergy densification (pelletization)
  • Energy input and manufacturing costs for producing torrefied biomass pellets
  • Optimization of Forest Biomass Supply and Logistics
  • An investigation of size reduction and biomass feedstock quality
  • Hydrothermal pretreatment of cellulosic biomass for pelletization
  • Optimizing pellet durability to minimize dust
  • Biodrying of biomass
  • Techno-economic analysis of renewable energy source options for a district heating project
  • Characterization of woody biomass using spectrophotometry
  • Development of protocol for evaluating the material characteristics for pelletization
  • Life-Cycle Analysis of Exported Wood Pellets from Canada to Europe

At the ASABE Annual international Meeting in Pittsburgh last June, CSBE member, Shahab Sokhansanj was recognized with an ASABE President's citation. The citation acknowledged Shahab‟s leadership and outreach to industry and government agencies in the bioenergy engineering area on behalf of the ASABE. Shahab was also recognized for out-standing leadership as a co-chair of Bioenergy 2009 that was held October 11-14, 2009 in Bellevue, Washington.

Thursday, 16 September 2010 11:37


We are pleased to announce the CSBE/SCGAB 2010 Awards:

2010 CSBE Fellows SCGAB


Gauri Mittal



Bernard Panneton


Published in General News

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Members of
The Canadian Society for Bioengineering
La Société Canadienne de Génie Agroalimentaire et de Bioingénierie

held 2009 06 14 Monday 12 00 to 13 30 EDT (Quebec time) in Room 206B, Convention Centre

You can download the minutes here:


Published in Notice of Meeting

Farmington, Pennsylvania, June 22-25, 2011
Conference Website: http://www.asmeconferences.org/SBC2011/
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Farmington, Pennsylvania June 22-25, 2011


Published in General News
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