Chandra A. Madramootoo, McGill University

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Professor Chandra Madramootoo is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Associate Vice Principal of McGill University, a member of the senior academic leadership team of McGill University, and a James McGill Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering. In these...

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Professor Chandra Madramootoo is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Associate Vice Principal of McGill University, a member of the senior academic leadership team of McGill University, and a James McGill Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering. In these capacities he serves on several univesity governance bodies including Senate, Building and Properties Committee of the Board of Governors, and the Animal Resource Advisory Council. He was the Founding Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management. He obtained his BSc (AgrEng), MSc and PhD degrees in agricultural engineering at McGill and has also developed his academic career at McGill as a professor in irrigation and drainage engineering, rising rapidly through the academic ranks. He is a registered Professional Engineer and member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

An accomplished academic adminstrator, Dean Madramootoo led the academic renewal and development of his Faculty, through the recruitment of new staff, increasing the undergraduate and graduate student enrolment, modernization of the Library and Learning Center, improvement of teaching and research labs and student space, spearheading a major initiative on the development of new undergraduate academic programs in the Faculty, modernization of the Small and Large Animal Research Units on the Macdonald Campus, and garnering philanthropic support to enhance the Campus infrastructure and various Faculty renovation projects, research and teaching support and student scholarships. Dean Madramootoo has been an effective communicator and ambassador of the Faculty’s strategic priorities to the external community, and particularly with alumni. He has worked with municipal, provincial and federal government officials and politicians to support the public outreach and community activities of the Macdonald Campus of McGill University.

Dean Madramootoo played a pivotal role, as the representative of McGill University, in the formation of Valacta – a centre of expertise for dairy production in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, as well as with the creation of the Alliance pour l’innovation en Agroalimentaire (APIA) – a Quebec research, technology and innovation network serving the agri-food sector. Dean Madramootoo continues to serve on the shareholders board of Valacta and the executive board of APIA, representing the interests of McGill University. He is also a member of the Conseil d'administration of the Quebec Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement (IRDA), representing the Quebec universities sector.

Chandra Madramootoo is an internationaly respected expert in water table management, irrigation, drainage, water quality, watershed management, land reclamation, agricultural research, and international agriculture development. He currently serves as the President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), and was Vice President of ICID from 2000-2003. He has served the ICID in numerous capacities including as Chair of the Working Group on Environmental Impacts of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control Projects, member of the Drainage Working Group, member of the Aral Sea Work Team, Chair of the Permanent Committee on Strategy Planning and Organizational Affairs, Chair of the Management Board, Chair of the Permanent Finance Committee, and Chair of the Staff Committee.

Dean Madramootoo is a member of the Governing Board of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), one of the 15 Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and headquartered in Andhra Pradesh, India. He provides advice to many institutions, including the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, CIDA, FAO, International Program for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID), and the World Bank. His research and teaching in water resources management has led to extensive international involvement with governments and institutions in the Caribbean, Central Asia, Egypt, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

Professor Madramootoo has built a very strongly funded research program both in Canada and overseas, covering many aspects of water resources management, and soil and water engineering. He has served as Project Leader on many large scale water and environmental research projects in Quebec, Central Asia, and the Caribbean He continues to study extensively the hydrology and water quality of surface and subsurface drained fields, and the development of innovative technologies to predict crop water requirements. He was responsible for the creation of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management on the Macdonald Campus of McGill University, and has played a pivotal role in building the Centre's extensive research, teaching and technology transfer programs, as well as its research infrastructure.

Chandra Madramootoo has published over 166 book chapters and refereed journal papers. He has delivered over 175 conference presentations, and has been invited to deliver over 90 keynote presentations at national and international conferences and symposia. He has supervised the thesis research work of 75 MSc and PhD students. He has been recognized nationally and internationally with several awards, including being elected a Fellow of the Canadian Society of BioEngineering (CSBE), elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), and inducted into the International Water Academy. He was invited to deliver the 2008 N.D. Gulathi Memorial Lecture by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage.

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