Programs of study

Biosystems engineers have a tendency to pursue careers where they can help people, preserve the environment and tackle societal problems.

Undergraduate student resources

As an Biosystems undergraduate student, you can take advantage of opportunities and supports from academic focus areas to student groups.

Biosystems engineering specializations and minors

Within the biosystems engineering BSc program, you may choose to pursue more focused studies through an approved focus area.

Biomedical specialization

The biomedical specialization provides engineers with knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to enhance the understanding of the role to be played by engineers in specific areas within biomedical engineering such as rehabilitation engineering, clinical engineering, medical imaging, and orthopaedics.

Biomedical Specialization Summary (PDF)

Requirements

Students who obtain a grade of “C” or better in the courses listed on the Biomedical Specialization Summary will receive a notation of “biomedical specialization” on their transcript at the time of graduation. Please consult the summary for a full list of required courses and electives. 

Bioresource specialization

Challenges remain in the production of food and renewable resources for a world of ever-increasing population. The bioresource specialization provides the educational background to enable engineers to devise strategies and technologies for producing food, fibre, bio-based products, and renewable energy efficiently and sustainably.

Bioresource Specialization Summary (PDF)

Requirements

Students who obtain a grade of “C” or better in the courses listed on the Bioresource Specialization Summary will receive a notation of “bioresource specialization” on their transcript at the time of graduation. Please consult the summary for a full list of required courses and electives. 

Environmental specialization

There are numerous environmental issues faced by society. The environmental specialization provides engineers with the knowledge to predict environmental impacts due to human developments and to solve problems associated with the environment (soil contamination, pollution of rivers and lakes, air pollution, wastewater treatment.

Environmental Specialization Summary (PDF)

Requirements

Students who obtain a grade of “C” or better in the courses listed on the Environmental Specialization Summary will receive a notation of “environmental specialization” on their transcript at the time of graduation. Please consult the summary for a full list of required courses and electives.


Alumni of Influence Awards

The Biosystems Engineering Alumni of Influence Awards were established in 2021, the 50th anniversary of the first Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering being awarded by the University of Manitoba. The Alumni of Influence Awards are intended to help us celebrate the achievements made by alumni of the Department of Biosystems (formerly Agricultural) Engineering who graduated from either the undergraduate or graduate programs. Download the nomination form and help celebrate the 50th anniversary of our program. 

The deadline for nominations is May 28, 2021.

Graduate student resources

Students can access opportunities, supports and resources from the Department of Biosystems Engineering, the Price Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and UM.

Finding a graduate studies advisor

If you are applying for MSc or PhD, before submitting an application for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies you must first find a faculty advisor who will accept you into their research group. The advisor will initially review your academic background, research intent, previous experience and CV and may grant tentative acceptance into the program.

To find an advisor prior to application, you must contact a faculty member whose research area aligns with your own interests. Department of Biosystems Engineering faculty members, and links to their research areas, can be found on the faculty and staff page. Please contact faculty members by email, and include the following: 

  • A current CV including publications, posters and conference participation; honours, awards and acknowledgements; and jobs pertaining to the field
  • Copies of all post-secondary transcripts
  • A one-page statement of research intent summarizing your proposed research project. If you have several research interests, please customize your statement for each faculty member you are interested in working with.

If you do not hear back in about eight weeks, that professor may not be interested in your application at this time.

Please note that tentative acceptance from an advisor does not guarantee admission into the program.

Research

Faculty and students in the Department of Biosystems Engineering conduct world-class research in the fields of Alternative energy and buildings, biological production of biofuels and bioproducts, computational methods for biomedical/biological imaging, grain storage and handling, remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater, and medical textiles.

Research labs

Agricultural Ergonomics Lab

  • Ergonomic & safety issues associated with agricultural machines 

Contact
Dr. Danny Mann
Danny.Mann@umanitoba.ca
204-474-7149
 

Biofuels & Biotechnology Lab

  • Biological production of biofuels and bioproducts

Contact
Dr. David Levin
David.Levin@umanitoba.ca
204-474-7429
 

Biomaterials Synthesis & Surface Engineering Lab

  • Surface engineering of polymeric materials for medical and biomedical applications (surgical drapes, catheters, vascular grafts, ligament & tendon prostheses) to enhance biological interactions.

Contact
Dr. Song Liu
Song.Liu@umanitoba.ca
204-474-9616

Bioprocessing Engineering Lab

  • Smart technologies in food process engineering, food quality and safety assessment, sensing and chemical mapping, computational tools and visual analytics.

Contact
Dr. Chyngyz Erkinbaev
Chyngyz.Erkinbaev@umanitoba.ca
204-474-6977

Computational Optimization & Geometric Modelling Lab

  • Use of computational methods for biomedical/biological imaging, pattern recognition, spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging.

Contact
Dr. Jason Morrison
Jason.Morrison@umanitoba.ca
204-474-8496

Grain Storage Research Lab

  • Grain storage and handling; modelling of the stored-grain ecosystem.

Contact
Dr. Digvir Jayas
Digvir.Jayas@umanitoba.ca
204-474-9404

Imaging & Food Quality Assessment Lab

  • Providing safe and healthy food to humans and livestock through improved imaging.

Contact
Dr. Jitendra Paliwal
Jitendra.Paliwal@umanitoba.ca
204-474-8429

Medical Textile Lab

  • Functional electrospun nanofibers for biomedical applications including wound care and tissue engineering.

Contact
Dr. Wen Zhong
Wen.Zhong@umanitoba.ca
204-474-9913

Odour Research Lab

  • Quantification and analysis of odour samples; evaluation of various odour-reduction technologies.

Contact
Dr. Qiang Zhang
Qiang.Zhang@umanitoba.ca
204-474-9819

Soil Dynamics & Machinery Lab

  • Soil-tool-material interactions associated with tillage machines; processing of agricultural fibres.

Contact
Dr. Ying Chen
Ying.Chen@umanitoba.ca
204-474-6292

Soil & Water Engineering Lab

  • Irrigation, drainage, remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater; instrumentation for soil & water monitoring.

Contact
Dr. R. Sri Ranjan
Sri.Ranjan@umanitoba.ca
204-474-9344

Stored Grain Ecosystem Lab

  • Studies on insect biology, detection and control of insects & moulds, mathematical modeling of the stored-grain ecosystem.

Contact
Dr. Fuji Jian
Fuji.Jian@umanitoba.ca
204-474-7965

Waste Management Lab

  • Treatment of livestock waste, municipal wastewater, and industrial wastewater.
  • Anaerobic digestion, biopolymer production, biomass processing.

Contact
Dr. Nazim Cicek
Nazim.Cicek@umanitoba.ca
204-474-6208

Sustainability-in-Action Facility

The Department of Biosystems Engineering is pleased to announce the establishment of the “Sustainability-in-Action Facility” (SiAF) on the west edge of the Fort Garry campus. Our Vision is that SiAF will be available to the University of Manitoba community for experiential learning and demonstration opportunities that relate to sustainability.

Contact us

Department of Biosystems Engineering
Room E2-376 Engineering and Information Technology Complex
75 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5V6, Canada

204-474-6033
204-474-7512