Department of Bioresource Engineering and Brace Centre for Water Resources Management
Macdonald Campus, McGill University
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec H9X 3V9
chandra [dot] madramootoo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Madramootoo)
Biography of Dean Chandra A. Madramootoo
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. He serves on several univesity governance bodies including Senate, Building and Properties Committee of the Board of Governors, and the Animal Resource Advisory Council.
Chandra Madramootoo was first appointed Dean of the Faculty and Associate Vice Principal in 2005. He was reappointed to both positions for a second term in 2010. 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.
As an administrator, Dean Madramootoo has 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, building state of the art Food and Nutrition laboratories, improvement of teaching and research labs and student space, development of new academic programs, modernization of the Small and Large Animal Research Units on the Macdonald Campus. He created and delivered the annual McGill Conferences on Global Food Security. In 2010, he established the McGill Institute of Global Food Security.
Chandra Madramootoo is an effective communicator and ambassador of the Faculty’s strategic priorities to the external community, and particularly with alumni. He has worked with Foundations, and municipal, provincial and federal government representatives to significantly enhance funding for the teaching, research and outreach activities of the Macdonald Campus. In particular, he has garnered philanthropic support for Campus infrastructure renovation projects, research and student scholarships and internships.
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. He continues to serve on the executive board of Valacta. He is a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. He served as a member of the Conseil d'administration of the Quebec Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement (IRDA).
Chandra Madramootoo’s areas of professional expertise include water management, irrigation, drainage, water quality, watershed management, food security, agricultural research, and international agriculture development. He was elected President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) from 2008 to 2011, and was Vice President of ICID from 2000-2003. He has served the Commission in numerouscapacities 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 is currently Chair of the Research Program Committee of the ICRISAT Board. He provides advice to bilateral and multilateral institutions, and recently to the German Council of Science and Humanities - Wissenschaftsrat.
Professor Madramootoo has built a very strongly funded research program covering various aspects of water resources management, and soil and water engineering. He continues to study extensively the hydrology and water quality of surface and subsurface drained fields, the development of innovative technologies to predict crop water requirements, and the impacts of various water management practices on greenhouse gas emissions. Professor Madramootoo has served as Project Leader on many large scale water and environmental research projects in Quebec, and other parts of the world, including the Caribbean, Central Asia, Egypt, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. 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 190 book chapters and refereed journal papers. He has delivered over 200 conference presentations, and has been invited to deliver some 80 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), inducted into the International Water Academy, and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Professor Madramootoo was conferred the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) honoris causa by the University of Guelph, for his outstanding contributions to the fields of water and food security nationally and internationally.