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Read the latest announcements, media mentions and news for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. View all news here.

Steven Rogak recieves $250K for COVID-19 Research Project November 9, 2020
Steven Rogak, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of British Columbia, has been awarded $250,000 through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Exceptional Opportunities Fund to “cover the urgent need for equipment” for his ongoing research related to COVID-19. Rogak’s project, which aims to assess the effect of aerosol and droplet control measures in indoor spaces, is one of […]

PhD Student Pranav Shrestha becomes UBC Public Scholar, seeks to develop low cost microscope for sickle cell disease screening October 29, 2020
As a new UBC Public Scholar, Mechanical Engineering PhD student Pranav Shrestha is working toward developing an inexpensive microscope capable of detecting sickle cell disease, increasing access to screening in rural communities. “In this project, we plan to explore the feasibility of inexpensive and portable alternatives to conventional screening techniques. We plan to develop an inexpensive […]

Quantifying the bond between SARS-CoV-2 and human cell receptors October 16, 2020
At its heart, mechanical engineering is the understanding of energy transfer and forces, physics concepts not usually associated with medicine. However, even at the scale of a human cell, those concepts are at play, and understanding them could be the key to designing effective treatments. SARS-CoV-2 is a tiny particle that has stopped the world, […]

Dr. Ostafichuk wins EGBC Teaching Award of Excellence October 15, 2020
Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC) has awarded Dr. Peter Ostafichuk with the EGBC 2020 Teaching Award of Excellence. Now in its hundredth year, EGBC regulates the engineering profession in BC, maintaining standards of professional and academic practice and providing licensing for its 37,000+ members. This award is a testament to his impact on engineering […]

Doctoral Student wins First Place in International Student Paper Competition October 7, 2020
UBC Mechanical Engineering doctoral student Juuso Heikkinen has won first place in the prestigious Michael Sutton International Student Paper Competition for his work on “Remote Surface Motion Measurements using Multi-Wavelength Defocused Speckle Imaging”. The competition is run by the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) at its Annual Conference and Exposition, which was held virtually this […]

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New book “Microneedling in Clinical Practice” edited by Dr Boris Stoeber October 2, 2020
Mechanical Engineering faculty member Dr. Boris Stoeber has edited a new book on microneedle technology – the use of needles smaller than a milimetre long as a minimally invasive way to deliver drugs and monitor compounds in the body – alongside co-editors Dr. Raja K. Sivamani (UC Davis Health) and Dr. Howard I Maibach (UC […]

Media Mention: CTV News interviews Professor Steven Rogak on the best materials for homemade masks September 15, 2020
CTV News: Could a baby wipe work as a mask filter? B.C. researchers put fabrics to the test. VANCOUVER — As masks become part of our daily attire, many people might be wondering about what the best ones are made from. The simple answer, according to UBC mechanical engineering professor Steve Rogak, is there’s nothing […]

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3 Minute Thesis Heat – February 27, 2020
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is hosting our first Three Minute Thesis heat, a competition where graduate students have three minutes or less to present their thesis project and why it matters! Presentations will be judged by a panel of Mech faculty – as well as you: come cast your ballot for the people’s choice […]

Mech 2 Design Competition: ROVER Mission – Jan 31, 2020
A team of engineers has sent a rover to explore a distant extra-terrestrial landscape. The rover has landed safely on the planet’s surface, but, shortly after, a key controller fails and the throttle is now jammed at max. How can the rover still complete its mission on this unknown alien terrain? This is the scenario […]

First Year Networking Event – February 6, 2020
Are you a first-year Engineering student interested in learning about Mechanical Engineering? Join us for a special networking event where you’ll get to meet our students, alumni, and faculty members! Small groups of students will be matched with one current student, one alumnus and one professor so that everyone gets a chance to talk directly […]

Mech 2 Hovercraft Design Competition  – April 16, 2019
Engineering students defy gravity (and friction) in hovercraft competition Second-year mechanical engineering students will race remote-controlled hovercraft that float on a cushion of air, combining speed and control in a Hyperloop design challenge. Split into 20 teams, the class will address one of the technology’s fundamental premises: freeing transportation from the limitation imposed by friction […]

Options Info Session: Biomedical – February 6, 2019
Mechanical Engineering will be holding an information session about our Biomedical Option and admissions for all 1st year and current Mech 2 students. The session will go over the application process, due dates, and what to include in your application package. The faculty member Option Coordinator will also be speaking in depth about the option […]

Options Info Session: Thermofluids – February 5, 2019
Mechanical Engineering will be holding an information session about our Thermofluids Option and admissions for all 1st year and current Mech 2 students. The session will go over the application process, due dates, and what to include in your application package. The faculty member Option Coordinator will also be speaking in depth about the option […]

Options Info Session: Mechatronics – February 4, 2019
Mechanical Engineering will be holding an information session about our Mechatronics Option and admissions for all 1st year and current Mech 2 students. The session will go over the application process, due dates, and what to include in your application package. The faculty member Option Coordinator will also be speaking in depth about the option […]

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Infrastructure Resilience Under Climate Uncertainty – Nov 17, 2020 – Dr. Costa Samaras
WEBINAR: Infrastructure Resilience Under Climate Uncertainty Speaker: Dr. Costa Samaras, Carnegie Mellon When: Tuesday, 17 November 2020 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM Registration: Free, please register here Presented as part of Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Re-Start, an online, bi-weekly seminar series focused on how we can work towards more sustainable, resilient, and equitable restart following […]

Struggle & Resistance in the Fight Against Environmental Racism in Canada – Nov 3, 2020 – Dr. Ingrid Waldron
WEBINAR: Legacies of Struggle & Resistance in the Fight Against Environmental Racism in Canada Speaker: Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Dalhousie When: Tuesday, 3 November 2020 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM Registration: Free, please register here Presented as part of Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Re-Start, an online, bi-weekly seminar series focused on how we can work towards more […]

Industrial Symbiosis: A Key Plank in a Circular Economy – Oct 20, 2020 – Timo Makinen
WEBINAR –  Industrial Symbiosis: A Key Plank in a Circular Economy Speaker: Timo Makinen, Director of Operations for NISP® Canada When: Tuesday, 20 October 2020 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM Registration: Free, please register here Presented as part of Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Re-Start, an online, bi-weekly seminar series focused on how we can work […]

COVID-19 Building Operations and Future Codes – Oct 6, 2020 – Larry Schoen
WEBINAR: COVID-19 Building Operations and Future Codes Speaker: Larry Schoen, Principal Engineer, Schoen Engineering Inc. When: Tuesday, 6 October 2020 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM Registration: Free, please register here Presented as part of Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Re-Start, an online, bi-weekly seminar series focused on how we can work towards more sustainable, resilient, and […]

On Buildings, Energy, and Health in a Changing Climate – Sept 22, 2020 – Dr. Holly Samuelson
WEBINAR: On Buildings, Energy, and Health in a Changing Climate Speaker: Dr. Holly Samuelson, Harvard Graduate School of Design When: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM Registration: Free, please register here Presented as part of Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Re-Start, an online, bi-weekly seminar series focused on how we can work towards […]

Building Sustainable Futures – March 11, 2020 – Mikhail Chester
Infrastructure and the Anthropocene Speaker: Dr. Mikhail Chester, Arizona State When: Wed, 11 March 2020 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Where: CIRS Building, BC Hydro Theatre (main floor), 2260 West Mall, Vancouver Tickets: Free, but please register here The Building Sustainable Futures seminar series aims to catalyze solutions-focused conversations around sustainability challenges, with a strong applied sciences flavour. The […]

Fluids Seminar – February 24, 2020 – Professor Tim Colonius
Challenges and opportunities in the simulation of bubbly, cavitating flows Professor Tim Colonius California Institute of Technology When: February 24, 2020 | 4-5 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Models and numerical methods for simulating bubbly, cavitating flows have benefitted from recent advances in sharp and diffuse interface-capturing schemes, but many […]

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Call for Applications: Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards – Deadline: January 31, 2021
Call for Applications: Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) established its scholarship program, the Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) in 1982 to advance knowledge and understanding of Canada’s North. The purpose of the CNST is to develop a cadre of scholars and scientists with northern experience and, […]

Call for Applications: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) internship – Deadline: January 11, 2021
Call for Applications: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) internship PICS internships support hiring a university student at the workplaces of BC governments, NGOs, industry and communities pursuing climate change mitigation and adaptation research, planning or implementation. Value: $12,000 Application Deadline: 11 January 2021 at 11:59 pm PST For more information, see: https://pics.uvic.ca/programs/internships.

Call for Applications: COV-AID Graduate Student Mini-Grants – Deadline: Nov 30, 2020
Call for Applications: COV-AID Graduate Student Mini-Grants The COV-AID Graduate Student Mini-Grants will publicly recognize and support graduate students who are currently adapting or seeking to adapt their community engagement efforts to the challenges presented by COVID-19. Value: $2,500 USD Application Deadline: 30 November 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT (8:59 pm PDT) For more information, […]

Call for Applications: New Relationship Trust Foundation Scholarships – Deadline: Nov 13, 2020 (noon)
New Relationship Trust Foundation Scholarships Duration: Two years of funding Value: $5,000 to $20,000 Application Deadline: 13 November 2020 at noon (12:00) pm PST Eligibility Track One: • First Nations (status or non-status) member of a British Columbia First Nation community • Planning to attend any accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis OR Eligibility Track Two: […]

Call for Applications: Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships – Deadline: January 5, 2021
Call for Applications:  Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program will help shape researchers into engaged leaders who are conscious of the impact of their research, connected to the realities of the communities in which they work, and open to non-conventional forms of knowledge. The Foundation is seeking candidates who are […]

Call for Applications: Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M) – Deadline: December 1, 2020
Call for Applications: Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M)  Applicants for Tri-Agency CGS-M competition must be domestic students (Canadian citizen or PR) who are applying for or enrolled in graduate studies anywhere in Canada. Each applicant can select up to 3 universities with the same application. To be considered for a CGS-M at UBC, they must […]

Call for Applications: UBC Affiliated Fellowships-Master’s – Deadline: December 1, 2020
Call for Applications: UBC Affiliated Fellowships-Master’s The UBC Affiliated Fellowships Master’s competition runs in concert with the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M; see below) competition. Approximately 50 fellowship with values ranging from $175 to $16,000 are offered through this competition. Current and prospective full-time UBC-Vancouver graduate students can apply regardless of citizenship or visa status. Students who are eligible […]