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

Dr. Steve Feng has been reappointed as MECH Department Head for a second term.

Dr. Steve Feng reappointed as MECH Department Head November 27, 2023
Dr. Steve Feng reappointed as Head of UBCV’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Feng will start his second term as Head when he returns from leave on July 1, 2024.

UBC Magazine profiles MECH student Alyona Glazyrina

UBC Magazine profiles MECH undergrad Alyona Glazyrina as a stellar student reaching for the stars November 20, 2023
UBC MAGAZINE:  High five – These UBC students are shaping a better world. “If you ask Alyona Glazyrina why she decided to pursue aerospace engineering, she will say “Star Trek.” She had wanted to be an archaeologist, but after discovering the cult TV show, her life changed.”

Alumnus Francis Pun receives Dean’s Medal of Distinction November 14, 2023
UBC Mechanical Engineering alumnus Francis Pun has been honoured with one of Applied Science’s 2023 Dean’s Medal of Distinction. Awarded to members of the Applied Science community, the Dean’s Medal of Distinction recognizes outstanding contributions to the Faculty’s member disciplines and mission. Pun is one of seven awardees being celebrated for their impact. Francis Pun […]

MECH celebrates junior faculty teaching excellence October 26, 2023
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has recognized the teaching contributions of Mech 2 Coordinator Dr. Graham R. Hendra and Capstone Coordinator Bill Rawlings with 2023 Junior Faculty Teaching Awards. These awards are given to outstanding instructors who are either tenure track and have not yet applied for tenure, or lecturers within their first six years […]

Supporting those affected by conflicts October 24, 2023
UBC Mechanical Engineering believes violence is not an answer for conflict, and we lend our support and compassion to those who are affected by current world conflicts. As world conflicts deepen and innocent civilians are caught in the tragic repercussions in Israel, Gaza and elsewhere, the implications are distressing for those with families and friends […]

MECH Stands with our 2SLGBTQIA+ Communities September 20, 2023
UBC Mechanical Engineering stands with its community – its whole community, including people from across gender and sexuality spectrums – in condemning the anti-transgender and anti-queer actions taking place on campus and across the country.  As a community and a society, we are at our best when we bring diverse perspectives and experiences together, and […]

Sean Buxton and Jen Pelletier, Mechanical Engineering staff recipients of 2023 President's Staff Awards.

MECH staff honoured with UBC President’s Staff Awards September 18, 2023
Congratulations to Mechanical Engineering staff members Sean Buxton and Jen Pelletier, who have each been recognized for their contributions to UBC through the 2023 President’s Staff Awards. The President’s Staff Awards “recognize the personal achievements and contributions that our staff make to UBC, and to the vision and goals of the university.” They are awarded […]

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    Upcoming Defences

    Defences held in person are open to the public. Exams held via Zoom are by invitation only and are listed here for information.

    Defence: Pranav Shrestha – Dec 14, 2023 | 9 AM | TKH 203
    Image-based Methods to Characterize Morphological, Biomechanical and Poroelastic Parameters of Blood Cells and Skin Tissue Candidate: Pranav Shrestha Date: December 14, 2023 Time: 9:00AM Location: Thea Koerner House, Room 203, 170-6371 Crescent Road

    Defence: Ruizi Zhang – Dec 6, 2023 | 9 AM | TKH 200
    Displacement and Dispersion Effects in Vertical Eccentric Annulus Flows Candidate: Ruizi Zhang Date: December 6, 2023 Time: 9:00AM Location: Thea Koerner House, Room 200, 170-6371 Crescent Road

    Defence: Xiaoyu Mao – Aug 11, 2023 | 9 AM | CEME 2202
    A Unified Eulerian Variational Framework for Multiphase Fluid-Structure Interaction Candidate: Xiaoyu Mao Date: August 11, 2023 Time:  9am-11:30am Location: CEME Building, Room 2202, 6250 Applied Science Lane Supervisor: Dr. Rajeev Jaiman Chair: Dr. Ben Williams Examiners: Dr. Dana Grecov, Dr. Anthony Wachs, and Dr. Jasmin Jelovica  

    Defence: Seyed Arman Abtahi – Dec 2, 2022 | 1:00PM | CEME 2202
    Hydrodynamic Interactions: Microswimmers Near Boundaries Candidate: Seyed Arman Abtahi Date: December 2, 2022 Time: 1:00PM Location: CEME Building, Room 2202, 6250 Applied Science Lane

    Defence: Athena (Xiaohe) Liu – Nov 15, 2022 | 3:00 PM | CEME 2202
    Liquid Jet Impingement on a Moving Wall Candidate: Athena (Xiaohe) Liu Date: November 15, 2022 Time: 3:00PM Location: CEME Building, Room 2202, 6250 Applied Science Lane

    See recent calls for applications to graduate awards. View all awards and funding here.

    Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships – Apply by: Feb 1, 2024
    Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships The Mackenzie King Open Scholarship is open to graduates of any Canadian university who engage in (commence or continue) graduate study (master’s or doctoral) in any field, in Canada or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded annually. The value has lately been $12,000 but is subject to change. The Mackenzie King […]

    Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships – Apply by: Dec1, 2023
    Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Program offers a three-year leadership program designed to train Engaged Leaders, equipping doctoral candidates with the skills to translate their ideas into action, for the betterment of their communities, Canada, and the world.  At least 12 doctoral Scholars are selected each year and receive generous funding for […]

    Affiliated Fellowships-Master’s and CGS-M Competitions – Apply by: Dec 1, 2023
    The following three awards are related; the Affiliated Fellowships and the Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative are open to eligible applicants to to the Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M). 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 […]

    McElhanney M-POWER Scholarship Program – Apply by: Nov 3, 2023 (Undergrad+Grad)
    McElhanney M-POWER Scholarship Program This is an external award, not affiliated with UBC or the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Application Deadline: Nov 3, 2023 (Indigenous Peoples Scholarship is open year-round) Value: various Degree level: undergraduate + graduate students The McElhanney M-POWER Scholarship Program is intended to empower, support, and recognize young professionals of all backgrounds […]

    Call for Applications: Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation Grant – Due: Oct 1
    Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation Grant The Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Grant was established to provide financial support and promote graduate student research in the field of clean energy at Canadian Universities. An award of $10,000 will be granted on an annual basis to one eligible student. Up to two additional grants ($10,000 […]

    Call for Nominations: ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award – Due: Sep 22, 2023 (8AM)
    ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award ACM established the Doctoral Dissertation Award program to recognize and encourage superior research and writing by doctoral candidates in computer science and engineering. The award is presented each June at the ACM Awards Banquet and is accompanied by a prize of $20,000 plus travel expenses to the banquet.  As of January […]

    Call for Applications: Tri-Agency CGS-D / Affiliated Fellowships Doctoral Competitions – Deadline: Sept 12, 2023
    Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS-D) Applicants applying through UBC will either be: currently registered in, or are on an approved leave of absence from, a degree program at UBC not currently registered anywhere but was registered at any other time during the year of application (2023) in a degree program at UBC If a student […]