The accolades just keep rolling in for Distinguished Professor Digvir Jayas.
An associate vice-president (research) at the University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair in stored-grain ecosystems, Jayas is internationally recognized as a leader in his field.
Jayas’ research has resulted in improved grain storage and drying systems in countries around the world, and is contributing to the automation of grain handling and processing systems across Canada.
Over the years, he has received dozens of awards for his research contributions, including six major honours in the last nine months alone.
Later this month in India, Jayas will be presented with the Dr. Anand Prakash Award from the Applied Zoologists Research Association (AZRA) of India, in recognition of his research achievements in the field of grain storage. He has been a Fellow of AZRA since 2000.
In June, Jayas received the Canadian Society for Bioengineering’s highest honour, the Maple Leaf Award, which recognizes outstanding personal qualities, Society activities, and professional abilities.
The same month, Jayas was also elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, the national association for food industry professionals, in honour of his many accomplishments in the field of food science and technology.
In May, Jayas was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in recognition of his distinguished achievements and long service to the engineering profession. He was also named as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Agrologist Award from the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists, which cited, among other things, the excellent leadership and service he has provided to the agricultural industry in Manitoba, Canada, and internationally.
And in November, 2006, Jayas was elected as a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, in recognition of his contributions to agriculture in Canada and internationally. The award also recognized his teaching, training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
Over his career at the University of Manitoba, Jayas has also trained more than 70 researchers and visiting scientists at the masters, doctoral and postdoctoral levels, and has authored or co-authored over 500 technical articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and books.