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New Appointments in the Mechanical Engineering Department

Dr. Patrick Kirchen, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. Dr. Patrick Kirchen has recently joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an Assistant Professor working on minimizing the environmental impact of power and heat production systems. In particular, his interests are in the reduction of emissions and fuel consumption of internal combustion engines, as well as the development […]

“Whistler Retreat: Resident
 AI expert, Terence Lin, gives a software tutorial to the team.”

Article: Thunderbots – Latest Scoop

The UBC Thunderbots — the autonomous soccer-playing robot design team — hosted Canada’s first RoboCup competition at UBC this past summer. Rivalling teams from China and Germany arrive to compete their robots in a soccer tournament against the defending North American champion (the home team). The success of the tournament and peripheral events allowed teams […]

Video: The Omnimotion XY

Video: The Omnimotion XY

The Omnimotion XY is a mechatronic device from Dr. Lu’s research group at the Precision Mechatronics Laboratory.  From the video description, the “Omnimotion-XY shown here is a magnetically-levitated planar motion stage. All 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) motion are achieved by one motor, which is free of force ripples or cogging. There is no need […]

Article: “Selling science to students”

The Global and Mail editorial post titled “Selling science to students”, published 20 August 2012, discusses the reasons and ramifications of students graduating from high school not choosing careers in math, science, technology and engineering. While students understand the value of this education and its importance in finding a future career, they often still choose other career […]

International Opportunities

Looking for international opportunities? Hopefully you have checked out UBC’s own Go Global (, but an interesting external opportunity is coming up. A different organization with an identical name will be at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre on Sunday, September 6 from 11 am – 5 pm, with over 40 exhibitors of international opportunities.