24, 2019 – Looking to support and augment southern Alberta’s agriculture
industry, Lethbridge College has introduced its first applied research chair in
Agricultural Engineering and Technology. Dr. Chandra Singh joins the college’s Centre
for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE) as the latest
stop in a distinguished professional and academic career.
Dr. Singh’s work will include the creation
of an Advanced Postharvest Innovation Centre. During his professional career,
which included five years working as Principal Engineer and Grain Management
Specialist with OPIsystems,
a grain management technology company based in Calgary, Dr. Singh noticed a gap
in postharvest handling and storage of produce and grains in southern Alberta.
He says production and processing methods in this region are already
world-class but he wants to help minimize the loss felt by producers once their
crops are out of the field.
is already significant research infrastructure and support for crop, dairy and
livestock production in this region,” says Dr. Singh. “What is missing is a
focus on postharvest handling and storage of fresh produce and grains. The goal
is to minimize postharvest losses, and improve profitability, product quality,
safety and traceability for producers.”
on a small family farm in India, Dr. Singh completed an undergraduate degree in
Agricultural Engineering, a master’s degree in Postharvest Engineering and a
PhD in Biosystems Engineering, giving him a rare and sought-after combination
of expertise in both equipment and technologies, as well as an understanding of
the science of agriculture. He was most recently an Associate Professor of
Engineering at the University of Southern Australia jointly co-appointed by
Grains Research and Development Corporation
(GRDC), Australia’s national research organization.
will work within CARIE to create industry partnerships and research
opportunities with the local agricultural community. He will also work closely
with other Lethbridge College researchers, instructors and students within the
college’s Collaborative Centre of Excellence in Agriculture.
are very pleased to have Dr. Singh join our applied research team,” says Dr.
Kenny Corscadden, Associate Vice President – Research. “He adds a vital
component to our existing research chairs as an agricultural engineer and will
be an excellent resource for the growing agricultural industry in Lethbridge,
particularly with regard to improving yields and adding value in postharvest
his new role, Dr. Singh’s goal is to develop postharvest engineering solutions
using advancements in sensing, automation, IOT, cloud computing, artificial
intelligence, AI, machine vision, hyperspectral imaging and mathematical
modeling. Agriculture is a $1.1 billion industry (farm gate value) in southern
Alberta with diverse crop production. The area features over 120 agri-food businesses,
including world-leading food processors.
when I worked in Calgary, I didn’t fully realize how large and important this
industry is in southern Alberta,” says Dr. Singh. “Agriculture has unlimited
potential and everybody involved should be promoting what southern Alberta can
offer. I look forward to working with our partners to create solutions that
will benefit everyone.”
Singh began his new role in August and is working to establish partnerships and
opportunities. Those interested in partnering or learning more are encouraged
to contact CARIE at 403-320-3203 ext. 5453.
its highly-adaptable and collaborative learning environment and its
future-focused training and research programs, Lethbridge College’s
Collaborative Centre of Excellence in Agriculture is fast becoming a hub for
agricultural research and innovation. The college is a proven player in the
industry, with faculty, staff and partners who are resourceful, understand
farming, embrace innovation, focus on the college’s vision and lead the way
with data-driven agriculture.
Centre for Applied Research, Innovation
and Entrepreneurship is
a catalyst for economic growth, sustainability and social development in the
region that brings together community organizations, researchers and students
to collaborate on projects that use new or existing knowledge to solve
real-world challenges with immediate practical applications.
Created September 24, 2019 | Category: News Articles