Sustainability

UBC’s Smart Energy District

UBC’s Smart Energy District

It’s about to change the future. Article by Chris Petty, from UBC Trek Magazine. UBC’s Vancouver campus is testing a solar- and hydrogen- driven smart energy system.   If you happen to pass the block bounded by Thunderbird Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall on UBC’s Vancouver campus, take note: you are experiencing history being made. That […]

Media Mention: COP 26 delegate Dr. Walter Mérida on why B.C. should be paying attention to climate summit

Media Mention: COP 26 delegate Dr. Walter Mérida on why B.C. should be paying attention to climate summit

Global News: After experiencing an historic deadly heat dome and another record wildfire season, this past year has been real wakeup call in B.C. when it comes to climate change. COP26 delegates from UBC explain why this UN Climate Change conference is the most crucial and why B.C. should be paying attention.

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 […]