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Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba honours Jayas with Life Membership

October 27, 2015 — 
Digvir Jayas

Digvir Jayas

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (formerly APEGM) has recognized Dr. Digvir Jayas, Vice-President (Research and International), with an Honorary Life Membership.

Jayas is a Distinguished Professor of the University of Manitoba and former Tier-I Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems. He was educated at the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, India; the U of M, and the University of Saskatchewan.

In the last 30 years, Jayas has done an immense amount of innovative research on stored-grain ecosystems. He has integrated mathematical modeling, engineering, and stored-product entomology and ecology to produce major advances in our understanding of the problems associated with effective storage of cereal grains, oilseeds and pulses (collectively referred to as grains). His research has focused on solving issues related to drying, handling and storing of grains and digital image processing for grading and processing operations in the Agri-Food industry. He has co-authored 361 scientific papers in high-quality refereed journals, 45 chapters in books and an additional 422 articles in conference proceedings or full-length conference papers.

Jayas established the state-of-the-art “Canadian Wheat Board Centre for Grain Storage Research” (CWBCGSR) facility at the U of M, and his research has attracted over $27 million in funding. He has collaborated with researchers in several countries but has had significant impact on development of efficient grain storage, handling and drying systems in Canada, China, India, Ukraine and USA.

Jayas has been inducted as a Fellow by twelve Canadian and international, technical and professional organizations, including Engineers Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Royal Society of Canada. He has received several national and international awards in recognition of his research and professional contributions including the NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize, and the Engineers Canada Professional Service Award.

Jayas has served the association on several committees including Public Interest Review Committee, Academic Review Committee, Experience Review Committee, Nominating Committee, Publications Committee as member, vice-chair or chair for many years. He served as President in 2005-2006. Currently, he is the President of Engineers Canada.

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba is extremely grateful to Dr. Jayas for his dedicated service in so many areas, and in appreciation is pleased to confer Honorary Life Membership on Dr. Digvir Jayas, P.Eng.

Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.


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