2021 June Graduation Reception Video and Guestbook

Celebrating the Class of 2021!

Virtual Reception, Awards & Guestbook

Congratulations to the class of 2021! We’re excited for you to celebrate your university achievements, and to embark on your next chapter and the bright future ahead.

If you couldn’t make the Virtual Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony on June 1st you can watch the recording here, featuring words from Dean of Applied Science Dr. James Olson and Mechanical Engineering Department Head Dr. Steve Feng, as well as a toast to the graduating class by Club Mech President Émilie Boras.

Read below to learn about this year’s Mechanical Engineering award recipients. We also have a guestbook below, and we welcome everyone to leave a message of congratulations for our graduates.


Award Winners

Major Awards

Letson Prizes

The Letson Prizes are given to the head of the graduating class for each program Option. Our 2021 winners are:

  • General Mechanical Engineering: Janelle Lawson
  • Biomedical: Yizhe Jiang
  • Mechatronics: Connor Schellenberg
  • Thermofluids: Gary Guan
Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Gold Medal

The CSME Gold Medal is awarded to a student for overall outstanding academic achievement in Mechanical Engineering.

2021 recipient: Sebasatiaan Mainardis

Dean’s Achievement Award in Engineering

This award is given to one graduating student in each Department who shows great promise.

2021 recipient: Janelle Lawson

Dale CHERCHAS Memorial Prize

This award is endowed in memory of Dr. Dale Cherchas, a leading researcher in Mechanical Engineering, and recognizes the top student in the area of Controls & Dynamics.

2021 recipient: Gary Guan

Philipp Krebs Award for Perseverance

This award celebrates undergraduate students who have demonstrated great perseverance and determination throughout their degree

2021 recipient: Liz Vasilkovs

Design Awards

Capstone Design Award

This award is given to the best performing team in our 4th year capstone design course. This year, the instructors of MECH 45X have chosen two teams to receive this award – both the “COVID PPE for those with limited ability” & the “Surgical Tool Tracking” teams exemplified stellar performance in innovation and design practice.

Project:  “COVID PPE for those with limited ability”
Sponsor: Tetra Society of North America
Liaison: Eric Molendyk, National Program Coordinator
Team members:

  • Sachin Choudhury
  • Ahmad Manzoor
  • Faheem Saeed
  • David Stewart

Project: “Surgical Tool Tracking”
Sponsor: Dr. Christopher Nguan, Associate Professor in the UBC Dept. of Urologic Sciences and Surgical Director of the Kidney Transplant Program at VGH
Team members:

  • Melissa Coleman
  • Janelle Lawson
  • Henry Situ
  • Alexander Walsen
David NIKKEL Memorial Prize in Engineering Design

This award is given to one graduating student who has excelled in creative design throughout their 4th year.

2021 Recipient: David Stewart

 

Student Leadership Awards

The following students have continually excelled in providing leadership and inspiration to their peers throughout their degree, and are being awarded with a Student Leadership Award for their contribution to the engineering community.

  • Adam Casey, for his lead role on the UBC ArgoBot team
  • Ryan Chiricosta, for his role of Co-Captain on Formula Electric
  • Robert Chisholm, for his role of Co-Captain of the UBC Rocket team
  • Alex Dee, for his lead role on the UBC ThunderBikes team
  • Bahram Parsi, for his role of Captain of the UBC Baja team
  • Graham Rowe, for his role as Captain of the Formula team
  • Daniel Schropfer, for his role of Grad Rep on Club Mech
Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Student Leader Award

This award recognizes the top undergraduate student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and has made outstanding contributions to the Department and Faculty, specifically in the realms of student affairs, design competition teams, professional association student chapters, and other related activities.

2021 recipient:  Émilie Boras
 

Excellence in Academic Achievement

Undergraduate Degree with Distinction

Degree with Distinction is awarded to students who have achieved an overall first-class average in their second through fourth year courses.  We are very proud to have so many undergraduate students recognized for their scholastic excellence.

  • Hanyu Bai
  • Émilie Boras
  • Anthony Buonassisi
  • Adam Casey
  • Iris Chen
  • Ouyang Chen
  • Yujian Chen
  • Robert Chisholm
  • Yohan Cho
  • Sachin Choudhury
  • Christy Chow
  • Gerard Cirera
  • Melissa Coleman
  • Joshua Crawford
  • Xiwen Dai
  • Miguel Eagleton
  • James Fox
  • Johanna Gross
  • Nicole Gross
  • Gary Guan
  • Nathan Hendricks
  • Carson Hopkins
  • Hosam Ibrahim
  • Pacifique Ineza
  • Yizhe Jiang
  • Alden Jones
  • Yiling Kang
  • Tibo Kölmel
  • Isaac Lachman Zamora
  • Kenji Lai
  • Janelle Lawson
  • David Lim
  • Ken Lin
  • Thomas Lynch
  • Sebastiaan Mainardis
  • Tania Mair Garcia
  • Andrew Mathes
  • Emily Morris
  • Bahram Parsi
  • Kevin Rae
  • Cole Robertson
  • Cole Rohland
  • Jacob Rose
  • Noah Runesson
  • Connor Schellenberg
  • Harry Shi
  • Henry Situ
  • Cole Stevens
  • Erwin Sun
  • Martin Sun
  • Michael Suriawan
  • Jacob Tersigni
  • Travis Thiesen
  • Arjun Vadehra
  • Ryan Vo
  • Alexander Waslen
  • Stuart Webb
  • Felix Wu
  • Nan Wu
  • Kevin Yang
  • Kevin Yeganeh
  • Jeff Yoon
  • Charlie Zhu
Graduate Student Academic Achievement Awards.

These awards are given to graduate students who have achieved an overall average throughout their program of above 90%.

  • Ali Cherom Kheirabadi
  • Yasaman Foolad
  • Pooyan Kheirkhah

 

Congratulations to all of our outstanding award winners!

 


Guestbook

Since the reception would normally be a chance to say goodbye to classmates, professors, or staff who made an impact on your journey, we invite you to leave a comment in our digital guestbook instead. Guests are welcome to leave a congratulatory message as well!

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Ian & Karen Craig
June 6, 2021 @10:19 am

Congratulations to all Engineering grads. To our granddaughter Janelle Lawson, we are immensely proud of your achievements. Well done !!

Julie and. Craig
June 6, 2021 @6:54 am

Congratulations to our niece Janelle Lawson on her graduation and amazing achievements!! We are so proud of you and are excited for you as you begin this next chapter.

Mecha & David
June 3, 2021 @3:37 pm

Best wishes to all the class of 2021. We wish you all health, happiness and success, especially to our dear niece Tania. 🪅❤️🪅❤️🪅❤️

Emilie Boras
June 3, 2021 @12:08 pm

Thank you to my peers, my professors, and the Mech faculty for making this journey such a memorable one. I most definitely could not have done it without you. All the best to everyone in the future, a huge CONGRATS to my fellow grads, and GO MECH!

Barbara Westly
June 3, 2021 @11:09 am

To my grandson, Jacob! Congratulations on graduating UBC with your Mechanical Engineering degree. I’m so proud of you! Wishing you infinite success and happiness in your new career!

Terry Atsalakis
June 3, 2021 @9:48 am

To my grandson David. I’ve been waiting so long to see your graduation. Due to COVID, we were shortchanged of that opportunity. My heart is beaming with pride. You’ve worked so hard the past few years and now you’re an Engineer! I wish you infinite success and happiness levendi mou! I am so proud of you and I love you to the moon! Yiayia

Brynn and Nick
June 3, 2021 @7:55 am

Congrats Jacob! It’s been a long road and lot of work, but now is when it pays off (literally!). Excited to see what the next chapter brings for you!

Craig D’Costa
June 2, 2021 @7:13 pm

A huge shoutout to everyone in this cohort, as well as all the MECH professors that gave us a safe space to fail and try again. So excited to keep in touch with all the fantastic people that have inspired me and see what great stuff you all do 🙂

Ian and Linna -aka Grandpa and Grandma
June 2, 2021 @6:26 pm

Jacob, congratulations on your degree with distinction! We are so proud of you! Your great-grandpa Ray was a Mechanical Engineer and if you follow in his footsteps you will have a long and rewarding career. Wishing you fulfilling and gratifying work now and in the years ahead!

Aliia Almazbekova
June 2, 2021 @5:13 pm

Getting an engineering degree has been a challenging yet rewarding academic experience! I am grateful for MECH department professors and my cohort for their creative presence. I must say this presence is what has made this journey much more surmountable and exciting! I wish you all to successfully embark on your next chapter in life without losing curiosity and passion for designing! Cheers to the Class of 2021!

Brynn and Nick
June 2, 2021 @4:52 pm

Congrats Jacob! It’s been a long road and lot of work, but now is when it pays off (literally!). Excited to see what the next chapter brings for you!

Bria, Kyle, Mya & Emily
June 2, 2021 @2:20 pm

Congratulations on your degree, Jacob! Way to put in the hard work, you’ve now earned the opportunity to now be paid for your hard work. Proud of you.

Scott Stewart and Jennifer Hosein
June 2, 2021 @12:51 pm

To: David Stewart
So proud of your accomplishment! and so very proud of you with all the hard work that you have put in these last 4 years. David, I would like to introduce you to the world! World, I would like to introduce you to David Stewart, Graduate of the Engineering Department of UBC 2021. Now get out there and have some fun!

Melissa Coleman
June 2, 2021 @11:50 am

Congratulations graduates! It was such an honour to study alongside all of you. This is just the beginning; I can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for everyone!

Adrian Mair
June 2, 2021 @9:58 am

Congratulations Tanipoo you made it in style!

Franck Mainardis
June 2, 2021 @7:33 am

You all worked very hard to achieve your goal, congratulations to the Class of 2021 ! And working from home for more than a year is no small feat… Sebastiaan, tout le monde ici, aux Pays Bas et en France, est super fier de toi, bravo et passe un tres bel ete !!

The Robertson Family
June 2, 2021 @7:32 am

Congratulations to Cole and all Mechanical Graduates. We are very proud and wish you continued success and happiness!

Ted Schellenberg
June 2, 2021 @6:00 am

Congratulations to Connor Schellenberg, Janelle Lawson, and the entire Class of 2021…along with a special shout-out to Emilie Boras for her touching and memorable valedictory message. Well done everyone!

Naser Wadi
June 2, 2021 @1:02 am

Congratulations Seif Wadi on your well-deserved success, wish you all the best in your future. We are very proud of you and your achievement. Unfortunately we were unable to attend (time difference), we hope to see it when published.

Mathew D’Costa
June 1, 2021 @11:11 pm

Well done UBC and congrats to the new graduates and to our son – CRAIG D’COSTA. Have been privileged to interact with some of the grads from his batch and would like to commend the faculty for turning out not just a group of engineers but wonderful human beings as well. Thanks for making the ceremony happen despite the challenges. All the best !!!!!!

Holly McRae Jones and Philip Jones
June 1, 2021 @8:52 pm

Congratulations Alden! We are proud of your accomplishments! Can’t wait to see where you go next. Who would have thought that you would spend one term on Campus and then complete your degree remotely from home. Thank you to UBC for making it happen in spite of a worldwide pandemic.

Elisa Mair & Aaron Harrity
June 1, 2021 @8:02 pm

Congratulations Tania on this wonderful achievement! Being an engineering student is not easy, being an engineering student in a completely different country is even harder, being an engineering student in a completely different country during your last year AND in the middle of a pandemic MUST BE THE HARDEST! We are all so proud of you and the rest of your class 🙂

The Robertson Family
June 1, 2021 @7:28 pm

Congratulations to Cole and all Mechanical Graduates. We are very proud and wish you continued success and happiness!

Rebeca Ruiz
June 1, 2021 @7:16 pm

Congratulations to every student as a fellow student I admire you and am only a bit jealous that you’re done! A special congrats to Tania! I am so proud of you and I know you will run the world! Cheers to a new stage of life 🍾

James and Denise Lawson
June 1, 2021 @6:31 pm

Congratulations to all mech eng grads. 🎉 Treasure the friendships you made and best wishes as you embark on your careers.

Regina Solis
June 1, 2021 @6:14 pm

Congratulations to all graduates! Tania, I’m so proud of you!! Love from Mexico ❤️

Escoto Family
June 1, 2021 @5:51 pm

Congratulations Andrea and all the 2021 Mechanical Engineering Graduates! We are so proud of you 👏

Adrian Mair
June 1, 2021 @5:46 pm

Congratulations Tanipoo you made it in style!

Mecha & David
June 1, 2021 @5:43 pm

Best wishes to all the class of 2021. We wish you all health, happiness and success, especially to our dear niece Tania. 🪅❤️🪅❤️🪅❤️

Elvira G Mair
June 1, 2021 @5:38 pm

Congratulations Taniaaaaaaa! We are very proud of you. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

The Mair from Mexico City
June 1, 2021 @5:32 pm

Congratulations to the class of 2021! Good job Tania!

Sebastiaan Mainardis
June 1, 2021 @5:06 pm

It’s been a pleasure to share the last several years with this graduating class. Congratulations to everyone – I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of us.

Voon
June 1, 2021 @5:03 pm

Congratulations to all the graduates!

David Stewart
June 1, 2021 @4:33 pm

Congratulations everyone! I’m so grateful to have gotten the chance to know many of you. I’ve learned so much from my student peers over these past few years. Thanks to my professors who patiently taught me everything I know, and providing us all a safe place to make mistakes so that someday we’ll succeed.

CIRS
June 1, 2021 @4:05 pm

Shout out to club MECH leadership and also the CIRS soup, congrats everyone!

Cath Fairlie
June 1, 2021 @3:54 pm

Congratulations to Connor Schellenberg and all of the Mechanical Engineering Graduates. You worked so hard, but it will be worth it for many years to come.

Oishwarjya Ferdous
June 1, 2021 @3:52 pm

Congratulations Shaikh Sumit Noor❤️
We are so proud of you :’) May Almighty bless you with all the sucess you desire
Love from Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Heather Gerrits
June 1, 2021 @3:51 pm

Congratulations to all the graduates – well done! Wishing you all the very best in your future adventures.

Jihoon Lim
June 1, 2021 @3:47 pm

Congratulations to all the graduates! You made it!
I wish you all the best!

Rose Family
June 1, 2021 @3:46 pm

Congratulations and best wishes to the class of 2021! It was so nice to finally “meet” you all. Thank you for letting us be a part of this experience with you.
Love you Jacob!

Fam. Zavala Toledo
June 1, 2021 @3:46 pm

TANIAAA!! Muchísimas felicidades por tu graduación y gran logro! Sabemos que fue difícil pero te lo mereces. Un abrazo enorme de todo corazón.

Tamara & Rayner
June 1, 2021 @3:45 pm

Congratulations Craig & all the other graduates! What a fantastic achievement especially during such a difficult year. All the best with your journey. HUGS FROM TORONTO & DUBAI

Dr. Agnes d’Entremont
June 1, 2021 @3:45 pm

Congratulations to everyone! I’ve been honoured to get to know so many of you (in Mech 2 and beyond), and I’m so proud of all that you’ve achieved. Best of luck in the future!

Aashish Bhardwaj
June 1, 2021 @3:45 pm

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Alexander Waslen
June 1, 2021 @3:45 pm

Congratulations everyone! We made it!!

Kailasanath Parameswaran
June 1, 2021 @3:37 pm

This is one of the proud moments. Congratulations Sridharan Rajagopal!! How much we wish we were all there as many others to cherish the moment with you. Congratulations!!!!!

Santiago G
June 1, 2021 @3:21 pm

Congrats Tania!! 🙂

Angela Hold
June 1, 2021 @3:19 pm

Congratulations, grads!!!

Bill Rawlings
June 1, 2021 @3:18 pm

Congratulations to all of you on completing a long, hard journey that wasn’t made any easier under the circumstances of the past ~15 months. You have developed a great skill set (demonstrating impressive resilience along the way) enabling you to move ahead and accomplish exciting things. Best of luck and don’t hesitate to be in contact in the months and/or years ahead!

Vale Setzer
June 1, 2021 @3:18 pm

Congrats Tania Mair! We love you <3 Best wishes from Mexico

Isk Pérez
June 1, 2021 @3:17 pm

Congratulations to all graduates!!!!!

Vale Setzer
June 1, 2021 @3:14 pm

Congrats Tania Mair! We love you <3 Best wishes from Mexico

Omar Guedea
June 1, 2021 @3:14 pm

WUUU Muchas Felicidades Tania!! Te queremos mucho <3

Alberto González
June 1, 2021 @3:12 pm

¡Muchas felicidades, Tania! Estamos muy orgullosos

Paola Gutiérrez Irías
June 1, 2021 @3:12 pm

CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS NEW ACHIEVEMENT TANIA MAIR! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU FRIEND
HUGS FROM MEXICO,
PAOLA GTZ

Jen Pelletier
June 1, 2021 @3:10 pm

Con-GRAD-ulations to all members of the Class of 2021! You have achieved much in times of adversity, and I cannot wait to see how your paths move forward. Tuum Est!

Randy Yuwono
June 1, 2021 @3:10 pm

Thank you to all the staff and professors who have made my experience here at UBC during 2019-2020 rewarding and memorable. Thank you friends and families for the support you have shown me throughout the year. All the best to everyone!

Randy Yuwono, M.Eng. Mechatronics Design 2019-2020

Gunadi Yuwono
June 1, 2021 @3:10 pm

Congratulations to Randy Yuwono and all MECH 2021 Grads!
Wishing you all the best in your career.

Ed Pitt-Brooke
May 26, 2021 @3:58 pm

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!