News & Events

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

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. 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 […]

Interdisciplinary AURORA Transportation Testbed Announced November 16, 2018
Yesterday, Dr. Walter Merida, Mechanical Engineering Professor, Associate Dean, and director of the Clean Energy Research Centre, announced the launch of AURORA, UBC’s new connected vehicle testbed. He was joined in the Kaiser Atrium for the announcement by MLA Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink, and AURORA lead researcher Dr. David G. Michelson, professor of […]

NAME Welcomes Second Seaspan Shipyards Chair, Dr. Rajeev Jaiman October 30, 2018
The Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (NAME) program and the Department of Mechanical Engineering are welcoming its second Seaspan Shipyards Chair in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Associate Professor Rajeev Jaiman. Joining UBC from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr. Jaiman is an aeronautical engineer, and his research concentrates on high-fidelity physical modeling and […]

APSC Team Receives Award for Innovative Safety Leadership
Department of Mechanical Engineering staff Jennifer Pelletier, Monica Clarkson, and faculty member Marcus Fengler are part of the Faculty of Applied Science Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC), which received UBC’s  Innovative Safety Leadership award this October. Article below originally appeared on the website for the Faculty of Applied Science. The APSC Joint Occupational Health and […]

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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 […]

Dr. Indira Samarasekera: Of Serendipity Steel and (Not Only Mechanical) Engineering – September 20, 2018
Senior Scholars’ Series: The Passions that Drive Academic Life OF SERENDIPITY, STEEL AND (NOT ONLY MECHANICAL) ENGINEERING Indira Samarasekera, Metals and Materials Engineering; 12th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta (2005-2015) Coach House, Green College, UBC Thursday, September 20, 5-6:30 pm, with reception to follow Indira Samarasekera’s journey from the Island of Serendip, […]

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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 […]

May 14, 2018 – NYU’s Research Platform for End-to-End 5G mmWave Communications, Dr. Marco Mezavilla
  IEEE Joint Aerospace & Electromagnetics Chapter Mon, 14 May 2018 – 16:00-17:00 MCLD 418 NYU’s Research Platform for End-To-End 5G mmWave Communications Dr. Marco Mezzavilla NYU Tandon School of Engineering   To register for this event, please click here   In this talk, Dr. Mezzavilla will provide a description of the most recent activities, […]

May 10, 2018 – Sustaining Urban Water Cycle, Dr. Wen-Tso Liu
Please join us for an invited talk featuring Dr. Wen-Tso Liu  this Thursday at 1:00 – 1:50 pm in CHBE 102 on “Sustaining Urban Water Cycle ”.   Dr. Liu will also be presenting a 30-min teaching lecture on Friday May 10th at 11 am in CHBE 102.   All are welcome.       […]

Dr. J.N. Reddy, Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Colloquium – April 26, 2018
Please join us for a technical seminar with with Dr. J.N. Reddy. Event Details: Speaker: Dr. J.N. Reddy, Distinguished Professor, Advanced Computational Mechanics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University Topic Area: Nonlocal And Non-Classical Mechanics Theories And Computational Approaches Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 Time: 3:45 pm Location: Chemcial and Biological Building Room […]

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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 […]

Call for Nominations: Governor General’s Gold Medal – Deadline: February 5, 2019
Governor General’s Gold Medal One gold medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record as a doctoral student. A second gold medal is awarded to the graduate student who has achieved most outstanding academic record as a Master’s student completing a thesis.  Students must have submitted the final copy […]

Call for Nominations: CAGS / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards – Deadline: February 11, 2019
CAGS / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards The CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards recognize exceptional doctoral dissertations that make significant, original contributions to both the academic community and to Canadian society. Awards are offered through this spring’s competition for dissertations completed and accepted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies between 1 January 2018 and 31 December […]

Call for Applications: Health System Impact Fellowship – Deadline: April 2, 2019
Health System Impact Fellowship The Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship (for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows) provides highly-qualified doctoral trainees (students) and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research (HSPR), or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health care that are being addressed by […]