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UBC Thunderbots take top spot at international robot soccer competition July 22, 2021
The UBC Thunderbots have placed first in their division at the RoboCup, an annual robot soccer competition for university students around the world. It is the UBC design team’s second RoboCup victory in a row, having topped the same event category — the Lower Tournament of RoboCup’s Small Size League — in 2019. (The 2020 competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 […]

Vanier Scholar Rivkah Gardner-Frolick

Doctoral Student wins Prestigious Vanier Scholarship July 21, 2021
Mechanical Engineering PhD student Rivkah Gardner-Frolick has won one of Canada’s top scholarships, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship awards selected students across the country $50,000 per year for three years of doctoral studies, and is based off the students’ academic excellence, research potential and leadership. The award was created to “attract and retain […]

Media Mention: Dr. Naomi Zimmerman on the poor air quality of wildfire season and how to stay safe July 13, 2021
CBC: As more than 200 wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia, experts are advising residents to start preparing for wildfire smoke and poor air quality. Air quality warnings are already in place for most of B.C.’s southern Interior, and fire risk in the province is very high. The warnings come after a record-breaking heat wave […]

Media Mention: Dr. Walter Mérida on standards for renewable cities July 12, 2021
VANCOUVER SUN: As much of the world switches over to electric transportation, the “What about this?” and “What about that?” questions are popping up from those people who are saying, “Not possible.” On the other side of that discussion is UBC Prof. Walter Mérida, who prefers to ask “What if?”, as in: “What if there […]

Top Finish for UBC AeroDesign at the 2021 SAE Aero Design Knowledge Competition June 30, 2021
Render of Wailord (left), Mantine and Remoraids (right)   Amid a challenging design year affected by pandemic restrictions, globally displaced members, and another virtual academic session, UBC AeroDesign has once again demonstrated its resiliency and technical aptitude at the 2021 SAE Aero Design Knowledge competition held earlier this March. For competition, the team designed two […]

How to beat the heat — indoors and out June 29, 2021
Mechanical Engineering associate faculty member Dr. Adam Rysanek shares some tips on how to beat the heat.  | Staying cool and safe in the heat may be challenging over the next few days. Here, two UBC experts share some tips and practices for warm weather safety. Dr. Sarah Henderson is an associate professor of population and […]

New paper solves the soft solid puncture problem June 24, 2021
When Assistant Professor Mattia Bacca is trying to figure out a mechanical engineering problem, he inquires into how the natural world has already solved it. Bioinspired engineering is an approach that examines abilities plants and animals have evolved over millions of years, like the way a gecko can cling to a surface with the pads […]

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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 Applications: Google PhD Fellowship – Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Google PhD Fellowship The Google PhD Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding PhD graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related research areas. The fellowship provides full tuition and fees (enrollment fees, health insurance, books) plus a stipend to be used for living expenses, travel and personal equipment for up to three […]

Call for Nomination: John Tiedje Fellowships in Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation – Deadline: Aug 9, 2021
Call for Nomination: John Tiedje Fellowships in Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Two graduate fellowships of $20,000 each have been made available through an endowment established by Dorothy Tiedje in memory of John Tiedje (BASc 1944, MASc 1945). The fellowships are awarded to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled in a MASc […]

Call for Applications: Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships – Deadline: Oct 18, 2021
Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships The UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies and are available for most fields of research. The number of awards offered presently varies between three and five per year. Value: an annual stipend of $50,000 for a maximum of two […]

Competition Announcement: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships – Deadline: Sept 2, 2021
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian citizens, permanent residents […]

Call for Applications: Rio Tinto Graduate Scholarship – Deadline: June 7, 2021
Rio Tinto Graduate Scholarship As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation and research, Rio Tinto offers an $18,000 graduate scholarship for a UBC graduate student in a field of pure or applied science related to Rio Tinto’s activities in mining. Eligible research areas are: aluminum metallurgy, electrolysis of molten salts, hydrometallurgy, science of the […]

Call for Applications: Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Bridge Funding – Deadline: June 14, 2021
Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Bridge Funding The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will match funds provided by graduate programs (to a maximum of $8,000 per student and to a maximum of $50,000 for the program in total) to support Master’s Indigenous students registered at the UBC-Vancouver campus for the 2021/22 academic year (i.e., from 1 […]

Call for Applications: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program – Deadline: July 11, 2021
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program As the most prestigious postdoctoral award in Canada, the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program provides the opportunity to bring top talent to join the research community at UBC. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to the very best postdoctoral researchers, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth. […]