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

Statement regarding protests in Iran September 28, 2022
The Department of Mechanical Engineering joins UBC and the Government of Canada in standing with the women of Iran and all Iranians fighting for women’s rights in response to the death of 22 year old Mahsa Amini. We stand with our Iranian students, staff and faculty members who are experiencing trauma and distress, who are […]

2022 Martha Salcudean Prize awarded to Dr. Juuso Heikkinen September 21, 2022
Dr. Juuso Heikkinen has been awarded the 2022 Martha Salcudean Prize in Mechanical Engineering, which is given to a graduating doctoral candidate with an outstanding dissertation and academic record. The $1,000 prize is only awarded to a candidate with outstanding performance, and is not given out every year. The award is given in memory of […]

CREATE-U 2022 poster session celebrates undergraduate research September 15, 2022
The 2022 CREATE-U program culminated with with a poster session on August 31st, where undergraduate participants presented their summer research. Combining Research Experience and Technical Electives for Undergraduates (CREATE-U) is a unique summer program that allows students to work on a paid research project from a participating Mechanical Engineering lab, while fulfilling six credits of […]

UBC engineering students’ aircraft model features BC wood in international competition September 14, 2022
This article originally appeared in APSC News. Sitka spruce key to UBC AeroDesign’s 2022 and 2023 aircraft models. Following successful test flights in BC, UBC AeroDesign competed at SAE Aero Design East in May 2022, placing second in design report and oral presentation, with renewed determination to soar even higher next year. (Photo credit: UBC […]

Bacteria-based batteries? UBC engineering design teams offer students chance to innovate September 6, 2022
This article originally appeared in APSC News. Students in UBC Rocket collaborated to create a new type of fuel cell. UBC Rocket is one of over 30 engineering design teams that students can join. Engineering design teams are an opportunity for students to apply what they learn in design courses into practice. The next generation […]

UBC Engineering students set to launch ‘sailbot’ to Hawaii August 31, 2022
This article originally appeared in APSC News. Raye is the first autonomous, robotic sailboat designed by students to cross the Pacific. Editor’s note: After an unsuccessful launch attempt in Victoria due to technical and weather challenges, Sailbot announced on September 12 that Raye’s launch is now rescheduled for summer 2023.. Get ready for the next leap forward in […]

Two NAME students awarded 2022 Jagdeep Singh Bakshi Scholarship August 25, 2022
The 2022 Jagdeep Singh Bakshi Scholarship in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering has has been awarded to two NAME Master of Engineering students, recognizing their excellence in the two areas of the award: Visal Katamaneni for leadership and Yves-Etienne Landry for academic excellence. The Jagdeep Singh Bakshi Scholarship continues the legacy of this late industry […]

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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.

  • 13th Oct 2022 | 6:00:pm
    UBC Engineering Online Open House – Oct 13-15, 2022
    Attend the online UBC Engineering Open House to discover your future at one of Canada’s top engineering schools. Discover UBC Engineering through three days of presentations, panel discussions and virtual booths. In the October 14th live Q&A session, our panel of faculty, staff and students will be available to answer your questions. Even if you can't attend live, UBC Engineering will email their recordings to all registrants. Register for the online event at the link above, and see the full schedule.

  • 27th Oct 2022 | 12:00:pm
    Seminar – Dr. Hongshen Ma: Technology Platforms for Interrogating Single Cells
    Associate Professor, Dr. Hongshen Ma will present his research on the development of a microfluidic ratchet device to sort red blood cells and See-N-Seq, a technology platform to isolate RNA from single cells identified using microscopy.

  • 5th Nov 2022 | 10:00:am
    UBC Engineering On Campus Open House – Nov 5, 2022
    Attend the on-campus UBC Engineering Open House to discover your future at one of Canada’s top engineering schools. Explore all UBC Engineering has to offer through in-person booths and demonstrations. Register for the on campus event at the link above.

  • 10th Nov 2022 | 12:30:pm
    Seminar – Dr. Juuso Heikkinen: Defocused Speckle Imaging for Remote Surface Motion Measurements
    The 2022 winner of the Martha Salcudean Prize in Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Heikkinen will present his dissertation research on using Defocused Speckle Imaging to develop a non-contact inspection tool that can be used to measure various properties of an object remotely.

  • 24th Nov 2022 | 12:30:pm
    Seminar – Dr. Mauricio Ponga: Mechanics of Materials Across Time, Length and Compositions Scales
    Dr. Ponga will present his research on how studying subtle nanoscale mechanisms and interactions between atoms and molecules can help us to understand, predict, and ultimately control the mechanisms and properties of materials at the macroscale.

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: 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

Defence: Rodrigo Seiji Mitishita – Sept 9, 2022 | 9 AM | CEME 2202
Experiments on Turbulent Flows of Elasto-Viscoplastic Fluids Candidate: Rodrigo Seiji Mitishita, for the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering Date: Friday, September 9, 2022 Time: 9 AM Location:  CEME Building, Room 2202, 6250 Applied Science Lane  

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

Call for Applications: Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships – Deadline: Dec 2, 2022
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 their studies. The Foundation […]

Call for Applications: Centre for Community Engaged Learning Grants – Deadline: Oct 28, 2022
Connect to Community Grant Centre for Community Engaged Learning is calling for committed and passionate undergraduate and graduate students who have projects they want to implement in their communities to apply for the Connect to Community Grant ($200 – $1,500 awards). Deadline to apply is Friday, October 28, 2022. Link to Application Package Link to Application […]

Call for Applications: Indigenous and Black Applied Science and Technology Momentum Fellowship (Spring Admission) – Deadline: Oct 1, 2022
The Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology Momentum Fellowship (IBET) is intended to support Canadian Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Black researchers in achieving their rightful place and respected inclusion in academia at UBC. This prestigious Fellowship will provide financial support of $40,000 per year for 4 years for University of British […]

Call for Nominations: ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award – Deadline: Oct 7, 2022
The Association for Computing Machinery (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. All winning […]

Call for Applications: Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Grant – Deadline: Oct 2, 2022
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. Clean energy encompasses energy sources and processes that are an alternative to fossil fuels, with minimizing, neutral or ameliorating consequences on the environment. The objective of the Tyler […]

Call for Nominations: ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award
ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award The Association for Computing Machinery (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. […]

Call for Applications: Tri-Agency CGS (CGSD)/ Affiliated Fellowships-Doctoral Competitions – Deadline: Sept 13, 2022
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 (2022) in a degree program at UBC If a student […]