Sustainability

UBC experts team up to tackle air pollution with network of sensors

UBC experts team up to tackle air pollution with network of sensors

UBC NEWS: Air pollution is an urgent problem linked to as many as nine million deaths per year worldwide and 14,000 annually in Canada, primarily from related heart and lung diseases. A group of UBC experts are determined to mount a rapid response through research. The team, known as Rapid Air Improvement Network (RAIN), is […]

UBC News: Is there something in the air? These UBC researchers want to know

UBC News: Is there something in the air? These UBC researchers want to know

We all know air quality can sometimes be imperfect. The smells and aromas produced by traffic, businesses and industry, and thousands—if not millions—of people living in close proximity can combine to produce an olfactory experience that’s less than pleasant. Enter Naomi Zimmerman and Amanda Giang, a pair of UBC researchers who are studying the different scents that permeate […]

Faculty Receive NSERC/Seaspan Industrial Research Chairs for Intelligent and Green Marine Vessels

Faculty Receive NSERC/Seaspan Industrial Research Chairs for Intelligent and Green Marine Vessels

Vancouver is a marine hub, a port for trade and shipbuilding that draws traffic from all over the world into BC’s coastal waters. These waters are also home to North America’s dwindling population of endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, one of many marine species threatened by the underwater noise pollution ships generate. This begs the […]

Media Mention: Global News interviews Dr. Zimmerman on hazardous Delhi air quality

Media Mention: Global News interviews Dr. Zimmerman on hazardous Delhi air quality

Global News interviewed Mechanical Engineering faculty member Dr. Naomi Zimmerman about early November’s hazardous air quality in Delhi, and air pollutant PM 2.5. 

Media Mention: Globe & Mail discusses Emissions from Trucking Industry with Dr. Walter Merida

Media Mention: Globe & Mail discusses Emissions from Trucking Industry with Dr. Walter Merida

“Since 2007, we’ve seen an almost 5-per-cent decrease in carbon dioxide emissions from passenger cars, but emissions from transport trucks have actually increased by nearly 14 per cent,” says Walter Merida, director of the Clean Energy Research Centre at the University of British Columbia. “That’s because Canada is a trading nation and a lot of our economy depends […]

2019 Summer Research Recap

2019 Summer Research Recap

The 2019 Summer Terms featured a number of noteworthy research-related achievements in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. New Canada Research Chairs The department received the addition of two new Canada Research Chairs (CRC): Xiaoliang Jin CRC in Advanced Manufacturing, Tier 2 Naomi Zimmerman CRC in Sustainability, Tier 2 The Canada Research Chairs Program designed Tier […]

Walter Merida Interviewed About the Future of Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars

Walter Merida Interviewed About the Future of Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars

Walter Merida, MECH professor, Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) and Interim Associate Dean of Research and Industrial Partnerships was interviewed by the Globe and Mail about the future of hydrogen fuel-cell cars. Read the full article here.

Walter Mérida discusses how high-tech data could speed transit buses, save fuel and time

Walter Mérida discusses how high-tech data could speed transit buses, save fuel and time

Walter Merida, Director of the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre, and MECH prof was interviewed by the Vancouver Sun about the future of transit. He said next-generation electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles should be the next step for transit agencies to improve efficiency and sustainability, and utilizing the “Internet of Things” should also be a priority. […]