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

BC will need to increase its production of renewable electricity to meet Net-Zero goals. Can we achieve our targets?

CityNews speaks to Dr. Tavasoli: How achievable is B.C.’s net-zero emissions goal? Apr 23, 2024
Alexandra Tavasoli, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of British Columbia, says that compared to the rest of Canada, B.C. is generally putting in more effort to transition to sustainable technologies.

BC Ferries is looking to build new vessels - should the work stay at home or go to global providers?

CBC: Marine workers, unions want new ferries built in B.C. Apr 22, 2024
Dan McGreer, a retired architect and adjunct professor in UBC’s naval and marine engineering program, believes local shipyards, in particular Seaspan, have the knowledge and ability to build the seven new, large vessels, but worries about labour capacity and says cost could be a problem for local builders.

2023/24 recipients of the UBC Mechanical Engineering Student Leadership Awards

Student Leadership Awards celebrate exceptional service to student community Apr 11, 2024
Each year, the Mechanical Engineering Student Leadership Awards celebrate students in our undergraduate and graduate programs who go above and beyond to enhance the student experience for their peers outside of the classroom. These awards recognize the important contributions leaders in our extracurricular groups make in fostering a mechanical engineering community that expands our students’ […]

UBC MECH mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus G.W. "Bud" Homsy

Mourning the passing of Professor Emeritus Bud Homsy Apr 04, 2024
It is with great sadness that the Department of Mechanical Engineering mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus G. M. “Bud” Homsy on March 12, 2024. He was a valued colleague, mentor, and friend at UBC Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from 2010 to 2014, and as Deputy Director of UBC’s Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. […]

Dr. Amanda Giang uses computational modelling to explore the links between environmental data and policy making.

UBC Killam Research Prize awarded to Dr. Amanda Giang Mar 21, 2024
In recognition of her contributions to the field of environmental modelling and policy, Assistant Professor Amanda Giang has been awarded a UBC Killam Research Prize, one of the university’s top honours for research. Dr. Giang is one of ten campus researchers to be recognized for their outstanding research and scholarship. A faculty member in the […]

Dr. Kendal Bushe elected Fellow of the Combustion Institute Mar 19, 2024
In recognition of his contributions to the field of combustion research and technology, Associate Professor W. Kendal Bushe has been elected a Fellow of the Combustion Institute. Dr. Bushe is one of nineteen international researchers in the Institute’s 2024 class of Fellows, and is acknowledged for his work on “innovative research on the theory and […]

MECH Research awarded $3.8M support by NSERC Alliance Program Mar 14, 2024
Five projects lead by UBC Mechanical Engineering researchers have been awarded over $3.8 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alliance 2022-23 grant program. These projects investigate issues facing Canadians such as sustainability in the energy, transportation and building sectors and innovation in industry. These are among thirty-four UBC Engineering […]

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Learn about upcoming events, department tours, and expert seminars.

    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: Chung-Yu (Harkat) Tai – Apr 16, 2024 | 9:30 AM | CEME 2003
    Model-based Spindle Health Monitoring Candidate: Chung-Yu (Harkat) Tai Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 Time: 9:30 AM Location: Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (CEME) Room 2003

    Defence: Behnam Karimi – Apr 12, 2024 | 10 AM | Graduate Student Centre, Rm 200
    Virtual Blade Machining Candidate: Behnam Karimi Date: April 12, 2024 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Graduate Student Centre, Room 200, 6371 Crescent Road

    Defence: Mohammad Zandsalimy – Mar 13, 2024 | 1 PM | Graduate Student Centre, Rm 200
    Stability Analysis and Improvement in Computational Fluid Dynamics Candidate: Mohammad Zandsalimy Date: March 13, 2024 Time: 1:00 PM Location: Graduate Student Centre, Room 200, 6371 Crescent Road

    Defence: Nafise Faridi Rad – Feb 4, 2024 | 4 PM | Zoom
    Adaptive and Predictive Time Domain Passivity Control for Haptic Interfaces Candidate: Nafise Faridi Rad Date: February 4, 2024 Time: 4:00PM Location: Zoom

    Defence: Ali Pourzahedi – Jan 24, 2024 | 12:30 PM | Graduate Student Centre, Rm 200
    Bubbles in a Viscoplastic Fluid Candidate: Ali Pourzahedi Date: January 24, 2024 Time: 12:30 PM Location: Graduate Student Centre, Room 200, 6371 Crescent Road

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

    Spring Graduate Awards Competition – Apply by May 13 (8 AM)
    A number of university awards for the upcoming academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students. The maximum value of funding that can be offered to a student is $16,000, or up to $22,000 for the #491 Rick Hansen “Man in Motion” Fellowship, or $25,000 for the #6495 Andrew Nord Fellowships in Rheumatology […]

    Faculty & Staff: 2025 Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program – LOI due May 6, 2024
    Please note: this funding opportunity is for faculty members and staff, rather than students. The Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) program was created to improve global talent exchange between Canada and other nations. The 2025 QES competition will support projects that focus on the adaptation, response and resilience to a changing climate. This includes (but is […]

    Order of the White Rose – Apply by Jun 17
    The Order of the White Rose scholarship is open to women in engineering and graduates of any engineering undergraduate program who are planning to pursue an MASc or PhD in engineering. Amount: $50,000 Deadline: June 17, 2024, at 15:00 (3:00 pm) Pacific Standard Time (PST) Eligibility and How to Apply To be eligible for the scholarship, the candidate […]

    CIHR, NSERC + SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Apply by May 17 (4pm)
    CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Spring 2024 Competition The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-caliber 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 […]

    British Columbia Graduate Scholarship – Apply by May 15 (8AM)
    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. ( Scholarship Value: $17,500 for one year Eligibility: Must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents […]

    Bullitt Prize – Apply by June 1, 2024
    Formerly the Bullitt Environmental Fellowship, the Bullitt Prize aims to identify and support environmentally focused academics, professionals, and/or grassroots leaders in the Pacific Northwest. As of 2024, the Bullitt Prize is awarded through Washington Conservation Action. The Prize is awarded annually based on the following eligibility: an individual or collaborative group, from an underrepresented group, […]

    Wall Awards – Apply by Apr 30, 2024
    Wall Awards  Graduate awards, ranging in value from $25,000 (for Master’s students) to $30,000 (for PhD students), have been made available through the Peter Wall Legacy Fund, an endowment established by Peter Wall, for graduate students whose research relates to one of three specific areas of interest: sustainable approaches to and development of the general […]