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

Congratulations May 2019 Graduates! July 26, 2019
Congratulations to all of our recent graduates who received their degrees on May 29th, 2019! To celebrate our 2019 spring graduates, the Department hosted a graduation reception where outstanding students were recognized with awards for their academic and design achievements. A special congratulations to all our award winners; see below for a list of recipients […]

APSC Rising Stars 2019: MK Anand, MEL ’19, Clean Energy Engineering May 28, 2019
“I believe entrepreneurship and telling powerful stories connecting us to earth will have the most impact and, if I can be an advocate for these paths I think I will have done my best to do my part.” I have always wanted to help solve important problems. After completing my degree in mechanical engineering, the […]

Dr. Patrick Kirchen Wins Prestigious Killam Teaching Prize May 27, 2019
One of UBC’s top teaching awards has been given to Department Of Mechanical Engineering faculty member Dr. Patrick Kirchen. The Killam Teaching Prize is an annual award that recognizes excellence in teaching, and winners are nominated by students, faculty and alumni within each faculty. Dr. Kirchen will be recognized officially as one of this year’s […]

Alumni Spotlight : Anson Kung of A&K Robotics May 24, 2019
Long before A&K Robotics brought autonomous floor-cleaning robots to the UBC Vancouver campus, Mechanical Engineering alumnus Anson Kung knew he wanted to start a business. He turned his combination of technical training and personal initiative into success by founding the innovative robotics company with UBC alumni Matthew Anderson and Jessica Yip, but his path to […]

APSC Rising Stars 2019: Bernardo Ruz, MEL ’19, Clean Energy Engineering May 17, 2019
“I get inspired by thinking about possible solutions and building different business models. It is interesting how the more you think about solving problems, the easier connecting the dots gets …” I recently finished my Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Clean Energy Engineering at UBC. For my Capstone Project, I was lucky to have […]

MECH Students Showcase their Capstone Projects May 13, 2019
Upper year Mechanical Engineering students showed off their final Capstone projects at Design + Innovation Day on Thursday, April 4th. This was the final design project of their degrees and their chance to showcase years of learning. The teams displayed their work to industry members, faculty, staff and students on two levels of the Wayne […]

Mech Faculty featured in APSC Paper Airplane Workshop + Competition April 1, 2019
On Friday, March 29th, the Faculty of Applied Science hosted a paper airplane workshop and competition, with insights shared by several Mechanical Engineering faculty members: Attendees were first treated to four brief but fascinating talks: Dean James Olson on the history and properties of paper; Pete Ostafichuk on paper airplane — or, to be more precise, paper glider — […]

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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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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 […]

Fluids Seminar – Mar 18, 2019 – Dr. Devesh Ranjan
Turbulent mixing in shock-driven variable-density flow Dr. Devesh Ranjan Associate Chair for Research and Associate Professor Georgia Institute of Technology When: March 18, 2019 | 2 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Mixing is central to several important phenomena in nature and engineering. Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) and Richtmyer-Meshkov (RM) driven perturbations at […]

Distinguished Colloquium- March 4, 2019 – Dr Albert Shih
Biomedical Manufacturing – The Impact of Manufacturing Research in Healthcare The Department presents our Spring 2019 Distinguished Colloquium speaker: Dr. Albert Shih Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Michigan When: March 4, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Where: KAIS 2020 | 2332 Main Mall   Abstract: The quality of care in our aging […]

Applied Mechanics Seminar – Feb 18, 2019 – Dr. Jinkyu Yang
Origami and Topology: Two Powerful Ingredients for Designing Mechanical Metamaterials Dr. Jinkyu Yang Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics University of Washington When: February 20, 2019 | 1 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Mechanical metamaterials are emerging as an enabling technology for manipulating mechanical energy flow at will. The […]

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Call for Applications: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Deadline: September 13, 2019
CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements – Fall 2019 Competition The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (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 […]

Call for Applications: Musqueam First Nation Scholarship – Deadline: September 16, 2019
Call for Applications: Musqueam First Nation Scholarship To acknowledge the strong relationship UBC has with the Musqueam First Nation, the President’s Office has created a community-based scholarship to support students from the Musqueam First Nation studying at the University of British Columbia in their undergraduate, post baccalaureate (including Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Education, Pharmacy, Nursing, Midwifery, and Social […]

Call for Nominations: Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships – Deadline: October 7, 2019
Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships The UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 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 years plus a travel and research allowance of $4,000 over two years. UBC Vancouver […]

Call for Nominations: The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award – Deadline: October 1, 2019
Call for Nominations: The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award Deadline for receipt of materials: October 1, 2019 The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a […]

Call for Applications: IDRC Research Awards – Deadline: September 18, 2019
Call for Applications: IDRC Research Awards The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is now accepting applications for the IDRC Research Awards 2020. This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries enrolled in a master’s or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master’s or a doctoral […]

Call for Nominations: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships – Deadline: September 5, 2019
Call for Nominations: 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 […]

Call for Nominations: Schmidt Science Fellowships – Deadline: July 8, 2019
Call for Nominations: Schmidt Science Fellowships The Schmidt Science Fellows program aims to provide the ­next generation of scientific leaders and innovators with an exceptional opportunity. Fellows receive a stipend of $100,000 and are supported by the program to undertake a full-time, postdoctoral study for at least one year in a world-leading laboratory in a […]