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

New Frontiers in Research: Subconcussive Impacts December 5, 2019
Here we explore current research by Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Lyndia Wu, “Investigating Brain Trauma Accumulation from Subconcussive Head Impacts and Differences between Male and Female Ice Hockey Players”  Two projects by UBC Mechanical Engineering faculty members were among the first to receive funding through the Government of Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFLF), […]

Congratulations November 2019 Grads! December 4, 2019
Congratulations to all of our recent Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering graduates who crossed the stage on November 28th, 2019! In addition to everyone who received their degrees on Thursday, the department extends additional congratulations to all of our award winners who have shown exceptional academic and design achievements in the course […]

Inside CREATE-U: Mechanical Engineering’s new Undergraduate Research Opportunity November 29, 2019
This summer, the Department of Mechanical Engineering is spearheading an exciting new program designed to enable undergraduates to explore what research is all about. Combining Research Experience and Technical Electives for Undergraduates (CREATE-U) is a comprehensive package featuring six credits of coursework and a paid research project in a Mechanical Engineering lab (which can even […]

Media Mention: Global News interviews Dr. Zimmerman on hazardous Delhi air quality November 28, 2019
Global News interviewed Mechanical Engineering faculty member Dr. Naomi Zimmerman about early November’s hazardous air quality in Delhi, and air pollutant PM 2.5. 

Hull Testing Returns to UBC after 12 Years October 29, 2019
On Tuesday, October 8th, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) graduate students embarked on the waters of the Fraser River delta to test model ship hulls, marking the first time hull testing has been done by students at UBC in the last twelve years. This has been facilitated by the recent addition of UBC Marine […]

Media Mention: Virtual Reality Video Games Make Rehab Fun For Younger Patients October 18, 2019
Magnifying mistakes leads to more meaningful motor learning. Experts commonly advise that the best exercise is exercise you enjoy doing—that way you’ll keep doing it. The same holds true for rehabilitation exercise, especially when it comes to younger patients. Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute scientists recently tested gaming devices equipped with immersive virtual reality (VR) […]

New Publication: Active Particles in Viscosity Gradients
UBC Mech Department Professor Gwynn Elfring and recently graduated MECH Ph.D. student Charu Datt have published an article in the prestigious physics journal Physical Review Letters on ‘Active particles in viscosity gradients’. In this work they show how one can understand and model the viscotaxis observed in biological microorganisms swimming in fluids with viscosity gradients. In the […]

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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 […]

First-Year Networking Event
Are you a first-year Engineering student interested in joining 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 to the people who […]

14 Not Forgotton
Join the Engineering Undergraduate Society and Women in Engineering tomorrow, November 28th, at 11 am for a ceremony remembering the 14 women killed in the 1989 l’École Polytechnique de Montréal shooting, and commemorate victims of gender-based violence. When: Wednesday, Nov 28 | 11 am – 2  pm Where: Engineering Student Centre (map) Event Details: https://ubcengineers.ca/calendar/14nf 

Engineering Database Training Day – September 25, 2018
UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering 2360 East Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z3 Please join us for a day of expert training on some of Elsevier’s most important Engineering and Science related databases. All training sessions will be held in Chemical and Biological Engineering building. Room details are listed as follows. RSVP: Please click the hyperlinks below […]

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Fluids Seminar – November 20, 2019 – Professor Eric Climent
Preferential accumulation and vertical migration of phytoplankton cells in turbulence Professor Eric Climent Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT) When: November 20, 2019 | 4 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane     Abstract:Many phytoplankton species are motile, propelling themselves through water with velocities ranging from 10 to 1000 microns […]

Fluids Seminar – October 21, 2019 – Dr. Thomasina Ball
Modelling viscous flow and elastic deformation in fold-thrust belts and magmatic intrusions Dr. Thomasina Ball When: October 21, 2019 | 4 PM Where: CEME 1203 | 6250 Applied Science Lane   Abstract:Fluid dynamics governs many phenomena on the Earth’s surface and interior, from the emplacement of fluid magma, to the viscous deformation of mountain ranges […]

Distinguished Colloquium- September 17, 2019 – Prof. Norman A. Fleck
Microarchitectured Materials: Current Status and Future Prospects The Department presents our Fall 2019 Distinguished Colloquium speaker: Dr. Norman A. Fleck Professor, Engineering Department University of Cambridge, United Kingdom When: September 17, 2019 | 11 AM Where: CEME 2202| 6250 Applied Science Lane Refreshments served at 10:45 AM.   Abstract: Lattice materials are emerging with a […]

Bionics Seminar – August 14, 2019 – Hyun-Joong Chung
Hydrogels, Elastomers and Their Composites with Textiles in Healthcare and Energy Devices Associate Professor Hyun-Joong Chung Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta When: August 14, 2019 | 9:30 AM Where: Kaiser 2020 | 2332 Main Mall       Abstract: Wearable healthcare systems require sensing units that are often in contact with skin, as […]

Fluids Seminar – July 15, 2019 – Dr. Shima Abadi
Analysis of Airgun Pulses During Marine Seismic Reflection Surveys Prof. Shima Abadi Engineering and Mathematics, University of Washington When: July 15, 2019 | 2-3 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane   Abstract: Marine seismic reflection surveys use acoustic energy to image the structure of the seafloor. Broadband impulsive sound signals are generated […]

Fluids Seminar – May 27, 2019 – Dr. Frédérick P. Gosselin
Fluid-Structure Interactions of Wind on a Plant Dr. Frédérick P. Gosselin Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal Visiting Associate Professor, UBC Department of Botany When: May 27, 2019 | 2-3 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane   Abstract: Plants live in constantly moving fluid, whether air or water. In response to the loads […]

Applied Mechanics Seminar – Feb 18, 2019 – Dr. Jinkyu Yang
The Origin of Softness in Fibre Network  Dr. Tetsu Uesaka Professor Emeritus Mid Sweden University When: March 18, 2019 | 2 PM Where: CEME 1203| 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Fibre network is a ubiquitous structure that is widely seen in plant cells and animal tissues, as well as industrial materials (papers and nonwoven materials). Nature uses […]

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

Call for Applications: Friedman Award for Scholars in Health – Deadline: March 13, 2020
Friedman Award for Scholars in Health The Friedman Award for Scholars in Health is open to any UBC graduate student or medical resident studying in the area of health. ‘Health’ is interpreted very broadly, and includes health promotion and disease prevention, mental health research, laboratory sciences related to medicine or health, public health, health services […]

Call for Applications: WorksafeBC Research Training Awards – Deadline: January 31, 2020
WorksafeBC Research Training Awards WorksafeBC Research Training Awards are designed to foster the development of occupational health and safety research among graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels. These awards enable students to undertake full-time research training in B.C. — focusing on occupational illness, injury, and disability. Research projects must address WorkSafeBC’s current research […]

Call for Applications: Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships – Deadline: February 3, 2020
Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships The Open Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. The value has recently been approximately $10,000 but is subject to change. The Traveling Scholarship is available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in […]

Call for Applications: BC Graduate Scholarship (BCGS) – Deadline: December 2, 2019
British Columbia Graduate Scholarship (BCGS) – MASc & PhD The province of British Columbia has funded graduate scholarships in any field of study, with emphasis on research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and support for Indigenous students. The scholarships of $15,000 will be awarded by graduate programs and disciplinary Faculties. (https://www.grad.ubc.ca/awards/british-columbia-graduate-scholarship) Application […]

Call for Applications: Canadian Student Participation in the NASA International Internship (NASA I2) Project – Deadline: December 6, 2019
NASA International Internship (NASA I2) Project The Canadian Space Agency (CSA),  Fulbright Canada and Mitacs have partnered under the Agency’s Canadian Student Participation in the NASA International Internship (NASA I2) Project. This program will provide opportunities for high performing Canadian students from a variety of STEM disciplines to be part of a 10 week research internship […]

Call for Applications: Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships – Deadline: December 13, 2019
Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships Up to 20 Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral students pursuing research in one or more of the four themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World and People and their Natural Environment. Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their […]

Call for Applications: UBC Affiliated Fellowships & Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s – Deadline: December 2, 2019
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 values ranging from $175 to $16,000 are offered through this competition. Current and prospective full-time UBC graduate students can apply regardless of citizenship or visa status. Detailed Affiliated Fellowships-Master competition information with […]