Mechanical Engineering wins international PACE awards

Vancouver, Canada—August 8, 2008—The UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering has won four awards at the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) Global Annual Forum held recently in Detroit, Michigan U.S.A.

UBC won the first-annual PACE Laboratory Competition. Entries were evaluated on visual appearance of the outside entrance and interior of the laboratory; laboratory layout for student use; equipment; network and infrastructure; PACE software; and student and faculty usage.

PACE, a corporate alliance between General Motors, Autodesk, HP, Siemens PLM Software, EDS and Sun Microsystems, has worked together since 1999 to support academic institutions worldwide with computer-based engineering tools to prepare industrial/mechanical designers, engineers and analysts with the skills to compete in the future.

In 2003, PACE gave UBC Faculty of Applied Science an in-kind contribution worth approximately $240 million, consisting of computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering software, hardware and training, to form the UBC PACE Laboratory.

“I knew our lab would score well and I knew we had a chance of winning, but it was still a bit of a shock when they started to present the details of the wining lab and I realized they were talking about our lab,” said Alan Steeves P.Eng, Manager Computing/Electronics, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

In addition to the PACE Laboratory Competition, Mechanical Engineering also won three other awards at the forum.

Fourth-year student Parisa Bastani and her collaborators at the University of Toronto won the “Best Engineering Track Paper,” selected from a field including faculty as well as students.

Alan Steeves took home the “Best Curriculum Paper Award” and he was also recognized with the “Distinguished PACE Integrator Award” for setting up a global collaborative design network.

“I am very honoured to be recognized with both awards,” said Steeves. “The Integrator Award is not given out annually and has only been given twice before.”

In addition to international recognition, UBC Mechanical Engineering will receive generous gifts from PACE partners including Hewlett Packard, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Autodesk and GM.