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

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Tackling urban freight emissions with improved measurements & models January 16, 2023
Photo by Andy Li on Unsplash Researchers Dr. Amanda Giang and Dr. Patrick Kirchen are working to improve urban freight systems emissions through mitigation planning in a new five-year project. Looking at marine, road and rail freight transport, they will develop planning tools that integrate real-world data, allowing government and industry to make informed decisions […]

New model highlights importance of virus size in SARS-CoV-2 replication December 21, 2022
EurekAlert, As the world recovers from the economic and social impacts of COVID-19, researchers like Mattia Bacca continue to study SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses to be better prepared for future pandemics. Dr. Bacca, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, used his particular expertise—micromechanics, the study of extremely tiny structures—to develop a simple […]

Setting a new course: It’s never too late to make a career change December 16, 2022
Originally appeared on  APSC News. “Ships are complex systems of systems that require naval architects to use creativity, innovation, and leadership to deliver vessels built to operate in the future maritime environment.” Yves-Etienne Landry Degree: Master of Engineering Grad year: 2022 Program: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Campus: Vancouver I was born and raised in Jonquière, Québec and […]

UBC engineers want to save whales from drowning…in noise December 15, 2022
Originally appeared in UBC News   |   For more information, contact Lou Corpuz-Bosshart Photo by Swanson Chan on Unsplash. Chronic ship noise can lead to stress, hearing loss and feeding problems for marine mammals like whales, dolphins and porpoises. UBC researchers are diving in to help address the issue. According to project lead Dr. Rajeev Jaiman, an associate professor in the […]

CBC highlights alumnus David Scott, who built Canada’s first privately-made hovercraft December 14, 2022
CBC: B.C. man reunites with the Space Age hovercraft he built in the 1960s.  David Scott made the hovercraft — now at a Vancouver museum — in his basement over two years in the mid-1960s. They occupied visions of a utopian future during the 1960s, when the Space Age was in its heyday. But while hovercrafts […]

MECH Staff win Dean’s Award for Excellence in Impact & Inclusive Leadership December 8, 2022
Mechanical Engineering staff members Heather Gerrits and Erik Wilson have each been recognized for their contributions to the Faculty of Applied Science with a 2022 Staff Dean’s Award for Excellence. Gerrits is the Manager of the department’s Student Services Office and has received the award for Inclusive Leadership while Wilson, an Engineering Technician with our […]


Media Mention: Vancouver Sun talks to Dr. Walter Mérida on EV battery performance if stuck in the snow December 7, 2022
VANCOUVER SUN: Electric-vehicle drivers need to be as prepared as other drivers to endure winter traffic delays, such as the chaos Tuesday night that left some commuters stranded on snowy Lower Mainland highways for up to 12 hours. However, they likely won’t have to worry about exhausting batteries while sitting idle in the snow, so long […]

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Learn about events and tours happening in our department and expand your understanding of Mechanical Engineering topics. View all events or all seminars.

  • 9th Feb 2023 | 5:30:pm
    MECH First-Year Networking Event
    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!

  • 10th Feb 2023 | 11:00:am
    Options Info Session
    Mechanical Engineering will be holding information sessions about admission to our Aerospace, Biomechanics & Medical Devices, and Mechatronics Options. The session will go over early admission information for 1st year engineering students and regular admission for current Mech 2 students.

  • 16th Feb 2023 | 12:30:pm
    Seminar – Dr. Sheldon Green: Adventures in Applied Fluid Mechanics
    Dr. Green will review his fluid mechanics research on papermaking, energy recovery ventilation, and train track friction modification.

  • 2nd Mar 2023 | 12:00:pm
    Seminar – Dr. Yusuf Altintas: Digital Machining
    Dr. Altintas will present an overview of fundamental research conducted at the Manufacturing and Automation Laboratory and its application in industry.

  • 16th Mar 2023 | 12:30:pm
    Seminar – Dr. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs: Continuum Robotics
    We are excited to welcome Dr. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs from the University of Toronto Mississauga as a guest speaker in our 2023 Distinguished Colloquium. Save the date and check back here soon for her full seminar abstract and other details.

  • 27th Apr 2023 | 12:30:pm
    Seminar – Dr. Padmini Rangamani: Multiscale Modeling of Membrane-Actin and Actin-Cross Linker Interactions
    Dr. Rangamani will discuss modeling the cellular processes of endocytosis and the associated actin-membrane interactions and modeling actin assembly as a function of cross-linkers.

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: 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

Defence: Behzad Zakani – Oct 20, 2022 | 9:00 AM
Lubrication Performance of the Cellulose Nanocrystalline (CNC) Aqueous Suspensions as Potential Green Lubricants Candidate: Behzad Zakani, for the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 Time: 9:00 AM Location: Zoom Exams held via Zoom are by invitation only and are listed here for information.

Defence: Chunlei Song – Sept 9, 2022 | 12:30 PM | CEME 2202
Modeling of Chip Formation Mechanism in Machining Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Candidate: Chunlei Song, for the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering Date: Friday, September 9, 2022 Time: 12:30 PM Location:  CEME Building, Room 2202, 6250 Applied Science Lane

Defence: Hamed Helisaz – Sept 9, 2022 | 10:30 AM
An Investigation of Cancer Effect on Viscoelastic Properties of Prostate Gland via Quasi-Linear Viscoelastic Model Candidate: Hamed Helisaz, for the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering Date: Friday, September 9, 2022 Time: 10:30 AM Location:  Zoom

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

Call for Nominations: Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award – Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
In recognition of the valuable role that Teaching Assistants play in our programs, UBC annually awards nineteen Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards. Each UBC Killam GTA Award includes a Certificate and $1,000.00. These awards seek to recognize teaching excellence within our institution and to underscore the importance and value that UBC places on teaching and […]

Call for Applications: Engineers Canada Manulife scholarship – Deadline: Mar 6, 2023
The Engineers Canada Manulife Scholarship The Engineers Canada Manulife Scholarship program offers three scholarships of $12,500 each annually to provide financial assistance to engineers returning to university for further study or research in an engineering field. Candidates must be accepted or registered full time in a Faculty of Engineering. Applicants may only apply in one […]

Call for Applications: Indigenous Graduate Fellowship – Deadline: Jan 31, 2023
The Indigenous Graduate Fellowship (previously Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship) competition has been launched. The University of British Columbia offers multi-year fellowships to Master’s and doctoral Indigenous students in all disciplines. Award winners are selected on the basis of academic merit through an annual competition administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Each fellowship provides a […]

Call for Applications: CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (MSFSS) – Deadline: Jan 20, 2023
CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (MSFSS) – 3rd intake for 2022-2023 The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (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: ḴEL,ḴELOŦEN ȻE S,ISTEW̱ Award – Deadline: Jan 6, 2023
Do you identify as an Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, or Métis persons from BC with a desire to pursue a career in the Architecture and Engineering industry? Are you enrolled or have you applied for the 2022/2023 post secondary school year? ḴEL,ḴELOŦEN ȻE S,ISTEW̱ Education Fund There are very few Indigenous professionals working in science, […]

Call for Applications: British Columbia Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research – Deadline: Feb 1, 2023
British Columbia Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (BC NEIHR) To develop research skills and assist with student burdens related to financial, family, community and cultural responsibilities, the BC NEIHR supports Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) graduate students and postdoctoral fellows by annual competitions for Master’s and Doctoral scholarships and biennial (every two years) […]

Call for Applications: WorksafeBC Research Training Awards – Deadline: Feb 10, 2023
WorksafeBC Research Training Awards Research Training Awards are available to highly-qualified graduate students at the master’s and doctoral level. To qualify, applicants need to be engaged in a full-time graduate studies program with a B.C. university. International students are welcome to apply. These awards enable students to undertake research training with a focus on workplace […]