The Department of Engineering on the Agricultural Campus is actively engaged in research aimed at improving agricultural practices on a global scale. We are the only engineering department devoted to agriculture and bio-systems in Atlantic Canada.
Our programs focus on technological innovation towards integrated and sustainable management of resources - in particular, energy, water, and waste. We stress cutting-edge research and advanced technology, providing hands-on, practical learning opportunities for every student.
Dr. Qamar Zaman
Dr. Zaman initiated the Precision Agriculture Research Program on the Agricultural Campus to develop variable-rate technologies in wild blueberries. These technologies will allow corrective agricultural practices on an as-needed basis to maximize profitability, minimize environmental impacts, and ultimately lead to a more sustainable industry. One of Dr. Zaman's projects involves using a remote-controlled helicopter to assess wild blueberry field conditions.
Dr. Kenny Corscadden
The agricultural industry is facing challenges at the local, national and international levels. These challenges, however, offer some real opportunities for applied research. Dr. Corscadden's research addresses four main areas that have the potential to improve on-farm energy sustainability, increase farm competitiveness, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and contribute to the production of energy using renewable energy sources.
Dr. Alex Martynenko
Dr. Alex Martynenko is professor in Bioelectronics and Bioinstrumentation at the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture. Working on the border of biological science and engineering, he is developing innovative technologies for value-added food processing.