Graduation Reception Video and Guestbook

Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Reception & Guestbook

Congratulations to the class of 2020! 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 11th you can watch the recording here, featuring words from Department Head Dr. Steve Feng, Dean James Olson, and Mechanical Engineering PhD Student and FlowO2 Respirator team member Sam Berryman, as well as a toast to the graduating class by Club Mech President Paige Ngo. Faculty members Dr. Sheldon Green, Dr. Tony Hodgson, Dr. Gary Schajer, Dr. Mike Van der Loos, Dr. Lyndia Wu, Dr. Agnes d’Entremont, Professor Jon Mikkelsen, and Lecturer Markus Fengler also offer their congratulatory messages to the class of 2020!

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 2020 winners are:

Mark Lim – General stream

Jackson Robinson – Biomedical

Ryan Lee – Mechatronics

Brendan Ward – Thermofluids

Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Gold Medal

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

2020 recipient: Bryan Logue

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Achievement Award in Engineering.

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

2020 recipient: Ryan Lee

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.

2020 recipient: Jackson Robinson.

Design Awards

Capstone Design Award

This award is given to the best performing team in our 4th year capstone design course. The “Kastrup Lab” team achieved the highest team mark (95%) in the 2019-2020 MECH 45X course and exemplified stellar performance in innovation and design practice.

Sponsor: Michael Smith Labs, UBC
Liaison:  Dr. Christian Kastrup, ckastrup@msl.ubc.ca
Project:  T14 – “Catheter-based hemostatic powder spray system to stop internal bleeding”

Team members:

  • Gabrielle Boutros
  • Matteo Ferraresso
  • Maneezhay Hashmi
  • Julia Hudea
  • Ali Jamal
  • Jackson Robinson

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.

2020 Recipient: Nigel Myers

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.

  • Gabrielle Boutros for her role as President of Club Mech
  • Parisa Sarmadi for her role as President of MEGA
  • Maya Schuller for her role as Vice President of Club Mech
  • Collin Seib for his role as Captain of Formula UBC
  • Kevin Ta for his role as Captain of Supermileage
  • Evan Morcom for his role as Captain of Thunderbots
  • Steve Zimmerman for his role as Captain, AeroDesign

Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Student Leader Award

2020 recipient: Paige Ngo

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.

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.

Mohamed Abdelrahman Aly
Joseph Ardell
Pranav Arya
Walker Bell
Jessica Bo
Colin Boake
Jasmine Yifan Cai
Jerry Chen
Chris Chiu
Jacob Cloutier
Natalie Cotton
John Crofts
Sam Donnelly
Shichen Fan
Neil Farvolden
Cindi Feng
Matteo Ferraresso
Evan Ford
Ian Frankenberger
Jonathan Fung
Jeffery Hou
Vita Huang
Brett Huemer
Oscar Janzen
Celinna Ju
Yvonne Ku
Ryan Lee
Tyler Leonzio
Yee Voon Liew
Mark Lim
Olivia Locke
Bryan Logue
Kristopher Matic
Camille McJunkin
Spencer Neville
Justin Park
Jackson Robinson
Bahram Samiei
Maya Schuller
Jason Shi
Rishabh Singal
Landon Stark
Jen Sze
Kevin Ta
Jun Wei Tan
Jeremy Ten Sing
Luke Trainor
Melody Hsiao-Mei Tsai
Jaskirat Ubhi
Evan Wang
Weiqiang Wang
Brendan Ward
Nolan Wark
Jessie Wong
Yuzhou Wu
Katie Xu
Raymond Yu
Sam Yurkowski
Haomiao Zhang
Alice Zheng
Lawrence Zhou
Steve Zimmerman

Graduate Student Academic Achievement Awards.

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

  • Lucas Falch
  • Jian Gao
  • Masashi Karasawa
  • Derry Lappin
  • Faezeh Samanipour
  • Jasmeet Singh
  • Taylor Sweet
  • Parisa Sarmadi
  • Sonia Taylor

 

Congratulations to all of our outstanding award winners!


Guestbook

Thank you to everyone who has left a message in our guestbook for the graduating class of 2020! If you would like to add a message for graduates, professors, or staff who made an impact on your journey, please email  communications@mech.ubc.ca with your name and note.

 

Heather Mulligan
June 19, 2020 @11:25 pm

Congratulations! Wishing you all the best as you achieve your goals.
Heather (MECH Reception)

+_+
June 17, 2020 @7:03 pm

Congrats Faezeh! ^_^

The Duncan Family to Rachael Duncan (Peters)
June 17, 2020 @10:50 am

Congratulations Rachael! We are so proud of you! You have come through with flying colours. Keep going in life and you will go far. We love you

Congratulations to all of the Graduates of 2020.

Rajeev Jaiman
June 12, 2020 @11:30 am

Hearty congratulations to the graduating MECH class of 2020. All the best in your future endeavors!

Shichen Fan
June 12, 2020 @8:03 am

We made it! A big thanks to all the professors, staffs, classmates and friends for your supports! I am sure we will meet somewhere someday in the future and I am super excited about it. Best wishes to everyone!
Best,
Shichen(Sharon) Fan

Bill Rawlings
June 11, 2020 @5:31 pm

Congratulations everyone on your impressive achievement. It has been an enjoyable experience getting to work with many of you over the past few years. Your work here at UBC has equipped you well to achieve great things — best of luck accomplishing your future goals!

Heather Gerrits
June 11, 2020 @4:09 pm

Congratulations to all of our graduating students! You should be very proud of all that you’ve accomplished. I wish you all well in your future adventures.

Lyndia Wu
June 11, 2020 @2:50 pm

Congratulations to all the graduating students! You did it! Take a well-deserved rest, enjoy the summer, and all the best for your future endeavors!

Cheers,
Lyndia

Glenn Jolly
June 11, 2020 @1:56 pm

Congratulations to all the 2020 Graduates and my best wishes for your future, I enjoyed working with many of you over the past few years. Many opportunities are available to you and hopefully the recent disruptions will eventually seem like only a small bump in the road.

Erwin Avelino
June 11, 2020 @1:31 pm

Congratulations to MECH Class of 2020! I wish you all the best in your future adventure!

Spencer Neville
June 11, 2020 @12:08 pm

Congrats everybody!! Cheers to all the times we heard Jeff yelling at Tetris in the first floor of the EDC

Feyi Gbadamosi
June 11, 2020 @12:04 pm

Congrats everyone, we did it!
It has truly been an honour meeting, working with, and developing bonds with some of you during my time at UBC. I would also like to thank all the profs, faculty and staff for all they’ve done to educate and support us along our journey.
Getting here today has had its ups and downs and although I wish we were graduating under better circumstances, things can only get better from this point onward.
I am proud of everyone and wishing you all the best with your future endeavors!

Josy Austin (MECH Student Services)
June 11, 2020 @12:02 pm

Congratulations MECH Grad-stars! We are so proud of you all!

Best wishes for the future and please feel free to come back to visit/chat/brag about what you’re up to next time you visit UBC. Our office (and the candy jar) will always be there for you.

Parisa Sarmadi
June 11, 2020 @11:59 am

Many thanks to the Mechanical Engineering Department at UBC for supporting me. Your help and support made this journey enjoyable and memorable. Special thanks to my amazing and caring PhD supervisor, Prof. Ian Frigaard for constant support and being knowledgable and passionate. I also thank my friends in CEME 1051 to make my PhD life fun. Lastly, thanks to my family for endless love and support.

Ai Shian
June 11, 2020 @11:59 am

Congratulations Mech grads 2020!

Sheldon Green
June 11, 2020 @11:59 am

Congratulations MECH class of 2020! We will really miss you as you venture out from UBC, and we are confident that you will make us proud. Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Best wishes,
Sheldon

Noreen Seib
June 11, 2020 @11:57 am

Congratulations Collin! We are proud of your accomplishments and the leader you have become.

Evan Wang
June 11, 2020 @11:56 am

There’s never enough duct tape!

Pardis B.
June 11, 2020 @11:56 am

WE DID IT, GUYS!

Alison Boutros
June 11, 2020 @11:50 am

Congratulations Gabrielle Boutros! Your father and I are so very proud of you. Congratulations on your awards and on your degree. Our hearts are bursting with love and pride.
We also offer our congratulations to the entire graduating class. It is a very tough program and you succeeded. May you have much success in your future endeavours.

Jeffery Hou
June 11, 2020 @11:45 am

We made it!

Amanda Tuey
June 11, 2020 @11:43 am

Congratulations everyone on this huge milestone and good luck in all your future endeavours!

Reagan & Caroline Robinson
June 11, 2020 @11:40 am

Congrats Serena Seraphim & Jackson Robinson. Proud of you both.

Anna Kobes
June 11, 2020 @11:39 am

Congratulations everyone! We did it!

Gabrielle Boutros
June 11, 2020 @11:26 am

Congratulations class of 2020! I’m so grateful for everything I learned during my degree, and I wish everyone the best!

Amy Hashemi
June 11, 2020 @11:23 am

Congratulations to the MECH grad class of 2020! Thanks to all the professors who were able to shift to online learning at the drop of a hat! And thanks to all of the amazing friends who made my experience at UBC memorable – I’m so proud of all of you! The only way to go from here is up 🙂

Gabrielle Boutros
June 11, 2020 @11:22 am

Congratulations class of 2020! I’m so grateful for everything I learned during my degree, and I wish everyone the best!

Cathy Hashemi
June 11, 2020 @11:21 am

Congratulations Mech Grads! You’ve made it! All the hard work, late nights and study sessions have paid off! The future is all yours! From the proud parent of a Mech Engineer, Amy Hashemi

Jen Pelletier
June 11, 2020 @11:19 am

Con-GRAD-ulations all! Best wishes for the future, and welcome to the alumni community!

Jeonghyun[Vaughn] Lee
June 11, 2020 @11:18 am

Finally become ph.d. Great thanks to my PI Dr. Hongshen Ma, and all previous and current lab members, and MECH staff members. It’s been a challenging but pleasure time.

Gavin Chu
June 11, 2020 @11:16 am

We made it 🙂 Finally.

Arthur Liao
June 11, 2020 @11:15 am

Congratulations Class of 2020! The future is in our hands.

Ryan Lee
June 11, 2020 @11:13 am

Congratulations MECH Grads!! We finally made it 🙂
Heartfelt thank you to all the classmates, professors, staff, and friends that made it possible for the Class of 2020.
I’ll see you all someday again and best of luck in your future endeavors. Cheers!

Angela Hold
June 11, 2020 @11:11 am

What an achievement! Congratulations to the MECH class of 2020.

Yee Voon Liew
June 11, 2020 @11:09 am

Cheers! Hopefully we’ll meet again in the future 🙂

Dr. Agnes d’Entremont
June 11, 2020 @11:09 am

MECH grads, I have so enjoyed getting to know you during Mech 2 and in the years following. I’m proud of you and your many accomplishments! All the best in the future!

Dennis Janzen & Anna Milino
June 11, 2020 @11:08 am

Congrats to all MECH grads, this is a great achievement. Special salute to the SailBot team members, for all your effort and ingenuity — “sail on”. From the proud parents of Oscar Janzen

Dana Grecov
June 11, 2020 @11:08 am

Congratulations on your graduation and best of luck in your future career !

Mohamed Aly
June 11, 2020 @11:06 am

Congratulations Class of 2020!!!

Amelia Pitt-Brooke
June 9, 2020 @10:43 am

Best wishes for the future to all of our 2020 graduates!