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Read the latest announcements, media mentions and news for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. View all news here.

Mech Faculty featured in APSC Paper Airplane Workshop + Competition April 1, 2019
On Friday, March 29th, the Faculty of Applied Science hosted a paper airplane workshop and competition, with insights shared by several Mechanical Engineering faculty members: Attendees were first treated to four brief but fascinating talks: Dean James Olson on the history and properties of paper; Pete Ostafichuk on paper airplane — or, to be more precise, paper glider — […]

Creating A Safer Volleyball March 20, 2019
Photo: Rich Lam/UBC Thunderbirds Although volleyball is a limited-contact sport, many volleyball players still sustain concussions from unfortunate encounters with high-speed balls. Now investigators at the University of British Columbia have found that the brand and model of the volleyball that athletes use may play a role in determining their risk of injury. The researchers […]

Creating the Next Generation of Bat-Inspired Aircraft February 28, 2019
The flapping flight dynamics of insects, birds and bats have long been of interest to aeronautical engineers. From Clément Ader’s pioneering 19th-century flying machines to the present-day Bat Bot and BionicFlyingFox, aircraft design has been influenced by bats for more than 130 years. Now, a comprehensive 3D computer model of bat wing flapping flight that may enable the creation of nimbler, […]

Mech2 Hyperloop Design Challenge – where theory and execution collide February 13, 2019
On January 23rd, second-year mechanical engineering students faced off in the Hyperloop Rail Challenge, racing their autonomous vehicles around a course with twists, turns and steep grades. This is the first of two design challenges meant to harness their academic learning in practical problem solving of a real-world issue. According to Mech 2 Coordinator, Dr. […]

Dr. Robert Rohling Elected IEEE Fellow January 10, 2019
The Department of Mechanical Engineering would like to congratulate faculty member Dr. Robert Rohling, who was elected a Fellow of the IEEE as of January 1st in recognition for “for contributions to ultrasound for medical diagnosis and intervention.” The IEEE is an international organization that fosters innovation in engineering and technology for global benefit, and Fellowship is […]

Congratulations November 2018 Graduates! December 3, 2018
Congratulations to all our recent graduates from Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, who received their degrees on November 29th, 2018! A special congratulations also goes out to all of our award winners, who were recognized for their outstanding academic and/or design achievements at the MECH and NAME graduation reception. Academic Achievement Awards Degree […]

Dr. Huajian Gao Gives MECH Distinguished Colloquium Seminar November 22, 2018
Influential solid mechanics and materials scholar Dr. Huajian Gao was the guest speaker in the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Distinguished Colloquium Seminar Series on Monday, November 19th, where he gave a talk titled “Topological Toughening of graphene and other 2D materials.” A professor at Brown University, Dr. Gao is the editor in chief of the influential Journal […]

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Mech 2 Hovercraft Design Competition  – April 16, 2019
Engineering students defy gravity (and friction) in hovercraft competition Second-year mechanical engineering students will race remote-controlled hovercraft that float on a cushion of air, combining speed and control in a Hyperloop design challenge. Split into 20 teams, the class will address one of the technology’s fundamental premises: freeing transportation from the limitation imposed by friction […]

Options Info Session: Biomedical – February 6, 2019
Mechanical Engineering will be holding an information session about our Biomedical Option and admissions for all 1st year and current Mech 2 students. The session will go over the application process, due dates, and what to include in your application package. The faculty member Option Coordinator will also be speaking in depth about the option […]

Options Info Session: Thermofluids – February 5, 2019
Mechanical Engineering will be holding an information session about our Thermofluids Option and admissions for all 1st year and current Mech 2 students. The session will go over the application process, due dates, and what to include in your application package. The faculty member Option Coordinator will also be speaking in depth about the option […]

Options Info Session: Mechatronics – February 4, 2019
Mechanical Engineering will be holding an information session about our Mechatronics Option and admissions for all 1st year and current Mech 2 students. The session will go over the application process, due dates, and what to include in your application package. The faculty member Option Coordinator will also be speaking in depth about the option […]

First-Year Networking Event
Are you a first-year Engineering student interested in joining Mechanical Engineering? Join us for a special networking event where you’ll get to meet our students, alumni, and faculty members! Small groups of students will be matched with one current student, one alumnus and one professor so that everyone gets a chance to talk directly to the people who […]

14 Not Forgotton
Join the Engineering Undergraduate Society and Women in Engineering tomorrow, November 28th, at 11 am for a ceremony remembering the 14 women killed in the 1989 l’École Polytechnique de Montréal shooting, and commemorate victims of gender-based violence. When: Wednesday, Nov 28 | 11 am – 2  pm Where: Engineering Student Centre (map) Event Details: https://ubcengineers.ca/calendar/14nf 

Engineering Database Training Day – September 25, 2018
UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering 2360 East Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z3 Please join us for a day of expert training on some of Elsevier’s most important Engineering and Science related databases. All training sessions will be held in Chemical and Biological Engineering building. Room details are listed as follows. RSVP: Please click the hyperlinks below […]

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Applied Mechanics Seminar – Feb 18, 2019 – Dr. Jinkyu Yang
The Origin of Softness in Fibre Network  Dr. Tetsu Uesaka Professor Emeritus Mid Sweden University When: March 18, 2019 | 2 PM Where: CEME 1203| 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Fibre network is a ubiquitous structure that is widely seen in plant cells and animal tissues, as well as industrial materials (papers and nonwoven materials). Nature uses […]

Fluids Seminar – Mar 18, 2019 – Dr. Devesh Ranjan
Turbulent mixing in shock-driven variable-density flow Dr. Devesh Ranjan Associate Chair for Research and Associate Professor Georgia Institute of Technology When: March 18, 2019 | 2 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Mixing is central to several important phenomena in nature and engineering. Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) and Richtmyer-Meshkov (RM) driven perturbations at […]

Distinguished Colloquium- March 4, 2019 – Dr Albert Shih
Biomedical Manufacturing – The Impact of Manufacturing Research in Healthcare The Department presents our Spring 2019 Distinguished Colloquium speaker: Dr. Albert Shih Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Michigan When: March 4, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Where: KAIS 2020 | 2332 Main Mall   Abstract: The quality of care in our aging […]

Applied Mechanics Seminar – Feb 18, 2019 – Dr. Jinkyu Yang
Origami and Topology: Two Powerful Ingredients for Designing Mechanical Metamaterials Dr. Jinkyu Yang Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics University of Washington When: February 20, 2019 | 1 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Mechanical metamaterials are emerging as an enabling technology for manipulating mechanical energy flow at will. The […]

Department Research Seminar – November 22, 2018 – Dr. Patrick Kirchen
Natural gas as a modern engine fuel: Fuelling strategies, in-cylinder processes, and real-world emissions Dr. Patrick Kirchen Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering University of British Columbia When: November 22, 2018 | 1 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Natural gas as an engine fuel is a potential approach to reduce […]

Department Research Seminar – October 25, 2018
Elastic Symmetry Breaking, Locomotion and Synchronization at low Reynolds Number Dr. Gwynn J. Elfring Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering University of British Columbia When: October 25, 2018 | 1 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane Snacks and beverages to be provided Abstract: At low Reynolds number, locomotion is only possible through […]

Engineering Database Training Day – September 25, 2018
UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering 2360 East Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z3 Please join us for a day of expert training on some of Elsevier’s most important Engineering and Science related databases. All training sessions will be held in Chemical and Biological Engineering building. Room details are listed as follows. RSVP: Please click the hyperlinks below […]

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Call for Applications: Spring Graduate Awards Competition – Deadline: May 9, 2019
A number of criteria-based awards for the 2019/20 academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students. Applicants will apply via their graduate programs with a single application that may be considered for as many of the awards as they are eligible for, taking note of the following important considerations: Eligibility: To be eligible to receive funding, […]

Call for Applications: Rio Tinto Graduate Scholarships – Deadline: April 30, 2019
As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation and research, Rio Tinto offers an $18,000 graduate scholarship for a UBC graduate student in a field of pure or applied science related to Rio Tinto’s activities.  Preferred areas of study are as follows: Aluminum Metallurgy, Electrolysis, Hydrometallurgy, Environment, Analytical Technologies, Modeling and Control Systems, and Data […]

Call for Applications: CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Deadline: May 24, 2019
The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions. […]

Call for Applications: WorksafeBC Research Training Awards – Deadline: March 22, 2019
WorksafeBC Research Training Awards WorksafeBC Research Training Awards are designed to foster the development of occupational health and safety research among graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels. These awards enable students to undertake full-time research training in B.C. — focusing on occupational illness, injury, and disability.  Research projects must address WorkSafeBC’s current research priorities to be […]

Call for Applications: Mechanical Engineering Teaching Fellowship – Deadline: February 28, 2019
The Department of Mechanical Engineering wishes to promote undergraduate teaching excellence by annually awarding the Mechanical Engineering Teaching Fellowship to senior PhD students who have demonstrated dedication to, and talent for, teaching. The Fellowship will provide a stipend of $10,000 and mentorship support to teach an undergraduate course within the department the following academic year. […]

Call for Applications: Graduate Student Career Activation Project
Graduate Student Career Activation Project https://students.ubc.ca/career/career-resources/career-resources-graduate#graduate-student-career-activation-project The CSIC wants to know how graduate students can activate their careers, and we have funds available to help you try stuff out. Dream big, or dive deep: whether it’s the cost of printing business cards to support your networking, enhancing your French language skills to prepare for a […]

Call for Applications: Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship – Deadline: March 1, 2019
Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship The Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships are available to Canadian citizens engaged in or about to start doctoral studies in Chemistry, Physics, or Electronics (including Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) at UBC. Approximately 25 fellowships, valued at $8,000 each, will be awarded each year among the participating universities. Deadline for […]