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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 […]

UBC researchers run tests to find best materials and styles for face masks September 14, 2020
UBC MEDIA RELATIONS: Lightweight cotton mask with dried baby-wipe filter combines good filter quality and breathability. Most scientists and health authorities support wearing non-medical face masks in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A team of UBC researchers led by Steven Rogak, a professor of mechanical engineering who studies aerosols, and Dr. Jane Wang, a […]

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Welcome to the new term! September 8, 2020
This week is the beginning of the fall term, and with classes held virtually across campus, it will be a new experience for students, faculty, and staff. Despite the change of format, our faculty members have been working tirelessly to craft an educational experience that meets the same standards of academic excellence that our in-person […]

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MECH PhD student wins Mitacs Outstanding Entrepreneur Award September 3, 2020
Outstanding Entrepreneur: Miayan Yeremi, 31, a Mitacs PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, and co-founder of Vancouver-based BarrelWise Technologies. Yeremi’s company has invented a breakthrough technology that provides winemakers with unprecedented automated information that lets them know exactly what’s going on inside each oak barrel in a […]

NAME Professor teaches course on machine learning techniques at international marine conference September 1, 2020
On August 15th and 16th Dr. Rajeev Jaiman offered a successful short course, “Physics-Based Data-Driven Modeling and Machine Learning: Application to Marine/Offshore Engineering” at OMAE, the international conference on ocean, offshore and arctic engineering.

New Frontiers in Research: Cannabis, Air Quality, Health and Community Impact August 13, 2020
Cannabis cultivation in Canada: Assessing the air, health, and equity impacts of a growing and uncharted industry | Nominated Principal Investigator: Naomi Zimmerman, Co-Principal Investigator: Amanda Giang On October 17, 2018, Canada became the second country in the world to federally legalize cannabis. Ten months later, the legal cannabis industry had grown by 185 per […]

Alumnus’ startup helps pharmacies with asymptomatic COVID-19 testing August 11, 2020
In the fall of 2018, when Nicholas Hui was taking Applied Science’s New Venture Design course as part of his final undergraduate year in Mechanical Engineering, he had no idea he would co-found a company providing services in response to a global pandemic. The former AeroDesign Team Captain hadn’t considered a startup as his first […]

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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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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 […]

Fluids Seminar – February 10, 2020 – Dr. Vaibhav Joshi
Modeling and Physics of Bat Flight Dr. Vaibhav Joshi When: February 10, 2019 | 4 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Flexible multibody systems consisting of joints are found in applications ranging from biological, such as the musculoskeletal system of animals (bones connected by ligaments), to industrial applications in marine/offshore, rotor dynamics […]

Building Sustainable Futures – February 5, 2020 – Susan Amrose
High-Performance, Off-Grid, Village-Scale Desalination for Rural India using Electrodialysis that is Cost-Competitive with On-Grid RO Speaker: Susan Amrose, MIT When: Wed, 5 February 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 […]

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Call for Applications: Musqueam First Nation Scholarship – Deadline: September 30, 2020
Call for Applications: Musqueam First Nation Scholarship To acknowledge the strong relationship UBC has with the Musqueam First Nation, the President’s Office has created a community-based scholarship to support students from the Musqueam First Nation studying at the University of British Columbia in their undergraduate, post baccalaureate (including Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Education, Pharmacy, Nursing, Midwifery, […]

Call for Applications: IODE War Memorial Scholarships – Deadline: Oct 1 & Nov 1, 2020
Call for Applications: IODE War Memorial Scholarships The IODE War Memorial Scholarships support PhD scholars whose research makes important contributions to Canada and the world. Up to three scholarships of $15,000 for study in Canada or for study within the Commonwealth will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants are judged on academic attainments […]

Call for Applications: DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Scholarships and Research Grants – Deadline: October 16, 2020
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Scholarships and Research Grants DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Study Scholarships and Research Grants are available for highly qualified graduate students, PhD candidates, and post-doctoral researchers in all disciplines to study and carry out research at universities or research institutes in Germany. These scholarship provide funds for a period of study […]

Call for Applications: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Deadline: September 11, 2020
CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Fall 2020 Competition The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS […]

Call for Applications: Google PhD Fellowship – Deadline: September 7, 2020
Google PhD Fellowship The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding PhD graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas. The fellowship provides full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment for two years, with possible […]

Call for Applications: Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) Competition – Deadline: September 15, 2020
Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) Competition The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) program will ensure PhD students are provided with financial support of at least $18,200 per year plus tuition for up to four years of their doctoral studies. This program allows UBC to continue to attract and support outstanding domestic and international doctoral students, […]

Call for Applications: UBC Affiliated Fellowships – Doctoral competition – Deadline: September 15, 2020
UBC Affiliated Fellowships – Doctoral competition The UBC Affiliated Fellowships doctoral competition runs in concert with the university-adjudicated Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS-D) competition. Students who submit an NSERC, SSHRC, or CIHR doctoral award application are eligible for “unrestricted” Affiliated Fellowships and do not need to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowships application. To be considered for “criteria-based” affiliated […]