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Media Mention: Do we really need to mask up outdoors? Dr. Steven Rogak comments on the need to evaluate risk. May 10, 2021
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Despite emerging science that has changed what we know about how the coronavirus is transmitted, there’s been one constant over the past year: that outdoors is safer than indoors. But lately that message is getting murky, with Quebec recommending the wearing of masks outdoors, then rescinding the recommendation — kind of, and Ontario […]

Mech2 Head TA wins Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award May 6, 2021
Mechanical Engineering Teaching Assistant Carly Jones has won a Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Award for her outstanding work in several courses, including as Head TA for the department’s second year program Mech 2. Jones is a PhD candidate with the School of Biomedical Engineering, where she is part of the Centre for Hip Health […]

UBC breaks ground on $23 million renewable energy hub May 5, 2021
UBC NEWS: ‘Test bed’ showcases clean energy solutions – receives $5.6 million funding from Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. A new $23 million renewable energy hub will transform an entire city block at the University of British Columbia into a smart energy district, including the province’s first-ever hydrogen refuelling station for light […]

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Canada’s first 5G drones fly over UBC April 15, 2021
UBC NEWS: Drone test flight shows potential of 5G networks to support essential services and accelerate innovation. Canada’s first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights over a 5G network took place at UBC last week, showcasing some of the future potential applications of 5G-enabled autonomous flight. Two UAVs—standard quad models fitted out with a 5G signal […]

New Paper from MEMs Lab increases accuracy in measurement of eye movements April 8, 2021
The Mechanical Engineering Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) Lab has published a new paper “A Fusion Algorithm for Saccade Eye Movement Enhancement with EOG and Lumped-element Models” in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. Working in the MEMS Lab as a PhD student under supervisors and co-authors Dr. Mu Chiao and Dr. Clarence de Silva, author Hiroshan Gunawardane […]

Statement on Anti-Asian Racism & Resources March 24, 2021
In light of the recent shootings in Atlanta and the rise of anti-Asian racism in the past year, we would like to join President Santa Ono and the Faculty of Applied Science in acknowledging and condemning harassment and violence against Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and all forms of discrimination. These are long-standing issues which […]

UBC experts team up to tackle air pollution with network of sensors March 9, 2021
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 […]

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MECH Virtual First-Year Networking Event – March 17, 2021
Are you a first-year Engineering student interested in learning about Mechanical Engineering? Join us for a special online networking event where you’ll get to meet our students, alumni, and faculty members! Join us for this unique online networking event where small groups of students will be matched with one current student, one alum and one […]

3 Minute Thesis Heat – Feb 25, 2021
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is hosting our annual 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: join us online and cast your ballot for […]

Alumni Event: Engineering Responses to COVID-19 – January 14, 2021
The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites our alumni to a special event on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Join us at 5 PM for an online panel featuring a Mechanical Engineering alum, faculty member, graduate student, and undergraduate who have been tackling the unique challenges presented by COVID-19. Their solutions vary from software applications, to device design, […]

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 […]

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Universal Well-Being Within Planetary Boundaries – Jan 26, 2021 – Dr. Julia Steinberger
WEBINAR: The Ultimate Engineering Challenge: Universal Well-Being Within Planetary Boundaries Speaker: Dr. Julia Steinberger, University of Leeds When: Tuesday, 26 January 2021 | 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, […]

Robotics – Evolution, Myths, Realities, and Current Trends – Jan 15, 2021 – Dr. Clarence de Silva
WEBINAR: Robotics – Evolution, Myths, Realities, and Current Trends Speaker: Dr. Clarence de Silva, University of British Columbia This is a talk organized by the Sri Lanka Section of Cambridge Circle. When: Friday, 15 January 2021 | 8:00 PM PST Where: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/62401417064?pwd=R0RIc1l2NGE0U2RKdG14UWtlT3JoQT09  |  Meeting ID: 624 0141 7064  |  Passcode: 158911  | Participants can join […]

Synthetic Organic Chemistry in Water – Jan 12, 2021 – Bruce H. Lipshutz
WEBINAR: Synthetic Organic Chemistry in Water Speaker: Dr. Bruce Lipshutz, UC Santa Barbara When: Tuesday, 12 January 2021 | 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 […]

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 […]

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Call for Nominations: Sumaila-Volvo Graduate Prize In Environmental Sustainability – Deadline: April 30, 2021
Sumaila-Volvo Graduate Prize In Environmental Sustainability A $3,850 prize has been made available through an endowment established by UBC faculty member Dr. Rashid Sumaila upon being named the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize laureate for a Master’s or Ph.D. student whose peer-reviewed publications to date are expected to have the most significant impact on the field […]

Call for Applications: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Deadline: May 21, 2021
CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Spring 2021 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 […]

Call for Applications: Spring Graduate Awards Competition – Deadline: May 3, 2021
Spring Graduate Awards Competition A number of criteria-based awards for the 2021/22 academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students. Applicants will apply via their graduate programs with a single application that may be considered for as many of the awards as they are eligible for, taking note of the following important considerations: […]

Call for Applications: Schmidt Science Fellowships – Deadline: Apr 21, 2021
Schmidt Science Fellowships The Schmidt Science Fellows program provides the world’s best emerging scientists with new skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges, become scientific and societal thought leaders, and accelerate ground-breaking discoveries. The program is looking for the brightest minds in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computing who are interested […]

Call for Applications: CAGS / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards – Deadline: March 23, 2021
CAGS / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards The CAGS-ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field. They were established in 1994 and are presented annually by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), with sponsorship support provided by ProQuest. There are two awards: one for […]

Public Scholarship Initiative Information Session – April 9, 2021
Public Scholarship Initiative Information Session UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative will start accepting applications for its seventh year on April 5th! A groundbreaking, award-winning scholarship program, PSI currently has 223 scholars from almost all faculties across UBC. Public Scholars enjoy (1) continuous academic support; (2) up to $20,000 financial support over two years and; (3) numerous […]

Call for Applications Rare + Ages Foundation Fellowship and Bursaries – Deadline: April 1
Rare Charitable Reserve and Ages Foundation Fellowship and Bursaries The rare Charitable Research Reserve is an urban land trust and environmental institute in Waterloo Region/Wellington, with its first four locations protecting almost 1,000 acres of highly sensitive lands. Since inception, rare has taken care of the land on behalf of the community through the use of Western tools in conservation, […]