Lope G. Tabil
Dr. Tabil is a Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering of the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to this position, Dr. Tabil was a Research Engineer with the then Agricultural Value-added Engineering Centre (AVEC) of Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development for three years. Prior to joining AVEC, he worked as a Research Associate for over a year at the Department of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering of the University of Saskatchewan. He worked on an NSERC-funded project on Alfalfa Cube Quality Characterization. This included developing methodology of testing for hardness and durability of alfalfa cubes; color evaluation of alfalfa cubes using computer imaging system and neural network; quantification of leaf-to-stem ratio in alfalfa cubes using NIR; and particle size measurement of the particles making up an alfalfa cube. He also was involved in a project evaluating binders in compressed forages. Dr. Tabil's Ph.D. research was on the Pelleting and Binding Characteristics of Alfalfa. He has expertise in pelleting of feeds and forage and optimizing the process involved in feed and forage processing, physical properties of agricultural materials and postharvest technology of agricultural crops. The areas of research in which he works and maintains interest include bioprocess engineering, value-added engineering and postharvest handling of crops. He has also conducted applied research and development projects related to value-added processing of agricultural products including storage, drying and cooling, and physical properties of agricultural and biological materials. Dr. Tabil also works in projects such as agricultural waste and processing by-product utilization and the processing of agricultural materials into industrial products.