Dr. Digvir Singh Jayas

Born in Mant (Mathura), India on 10 January 1958. Educated at Shri Braj Adarsh Inter College, Mant, 1967-69; G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, 1974-80; University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 1980-82; University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 1982-87; B.Tech. Agric. Eng. 1980; M.Sc. 1982; Ph.D. 1987.

Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, 2009 to date.

Assistant Professor Agricultural Engineering 1985-89; Associate Professor Agricultural Engineering 1989-93; Professor Biosystems Engineering 1993-97; Head Biosystems Engineering, 1997-99; Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, 1999-01; Interim Director, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, 2004-05; Associate Vice-President (Research), 2001-2009; Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems, 2002-09. Interim-President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2018-19.

Awards/Honours: American Society of Agricultural Engineers Young Researcher Award, 1994; Canadian Society for Agricultural Engineering Young Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award, 1995; Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba Merit Award, 1996; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Agcellence Award, 2001; Canadian Society for Agricultural Engineering John Clark Award, 2001; Sigma Xi, Senior Scientist Award, 2001; Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology Institute Award, 2003; Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology W.J. Eva Award, 2004; Manitoba Institute of Agrologists Distinguished Agrologist Award, 2007; Canadian Society for Bioengineering Maple Leaf Award, 2007; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Brockhouse Canada Prize, 2008; Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award, 2008; Engineers Canada Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service, 2008; Dr. S. S. Misra Lifetime Achievement Award, Applied Zoologists Research Association, (AZRA), Bhubaneswar, India, 2019; Sir John William Dawson Medal, the Royal Society of Canada, 2019; John Ogilvie Research Innovation Award for "innovation and/or ingenuity related to horizontal airflow grain dryer", Canadian Society for Bioengineering, 2019; Doctor of Science (earned), University of Saskatchewan, 2019; K.Y. Lo Medal for "significant engineering contributions at the international level", Engineering Institute of Canada, 2019; Order of Canada (Officer) for "advancements to agricultural practices worldwide, and for promotion of academic and scientific research in Canada", 2018; Sukup Global Food Security Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2017; Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India, 2016.

Fellow: Royal Society of Canada; Agriculture Institute of Canada; Engineering Institute of Canada; Engineers Canada; Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology; Canadian Academy of Engineering; Canadian Society for Bioengineering; American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers; Applied Zoologists Research Association, India; National Acadaemy of Sciences, India.

Research Areas: Physical properties of agricultural products; modified atmosphere storage of grains, oilseeds, potatoes, and meats; mathematical modeling of biological systems; and digital image processing for grading and processing operations in the Agri-Food industry

Address: Vice-President (Research & International) and Distinguished Professor, 202, Administration Building, 66 Chancellors Circle, Univ of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB Canada R3T 2N2, Canada; 49 Westwater Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3X 2G2, Canada; [Tel: Off. (001) 204 474 9404; Res. (001) 204 254 0637; Cell: (001) 204 291 4505; Fax: (001) 204 261 1318; Email: digvir.jayas@umanitoba.ca]