Digvir Jayas is recognized around the world for his contributions to science and engineering. His work to find better ways to dry and store grain has made a huge difference in the lives of countless farmers and others who rely on high quality, unspoiled grains to both earn a living and eat healthy, nutritious food.
Jayas' research has had a measurable and long lasting impact on local and global food security by reducing losses of grains, oilseeds and pulses between harvesting and their final use by consumers.
Jayas grew up on his grandparents' farm in India. The improper storage of grain was a common problem.
If the grain began to deteriorate it would not get a good price and farmers sometimes lost substantial amounts of money after having invested so much. The impact could be devastating on families.
The issue of proper storage peaked Jayas’ interest and he set out to find out a profession that could help solve the problem.
He chose agricultural engineering. Jayas is now the world’s leading expert on grain storage and handling techniques. He has also helped Canada maintain its global reputation for marketing high quality agricultural commodities free of mycotoxins, insects and pesticide residues.
Jayas is a highly respected teacher, mentor and professional role model. His collaboration with other scientists, engineers and students around the world has contributed to ground breaking research leading to real world uses.
He has won numerous awards for his work and dedication to his community. In 2018, he was made an officer of the order of Canada for "advancements to agricultural practices worldwide, and for promotion of academic and scientific research in Canada."
Additional Engineers Canada award recipients