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

UBC Mechanical Engineering Professor Yusuf Altintas has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Professor Yusuf Altintas appointed to Order of Canada Jul 02, 2024
Dr. Yusuf Altintas, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC’s Vancouver campus, is one of four UBC community members to be named an Officer of the Order of Canada this week. This is the second highest level of recognition possible from the Order of Canada, and recognizes achievements and merit of a high degree, especially in service […]

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Student Experience: From Working On Fusion Energy To Testing Humanoid Robotics Jun 25, 2024
This article is from UBC Engineering Student Spotlights. “I would love to be able to apply my knowledge to make our world a little more sustainable.” Robyn Xiong Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science Program: Mechanical Engineering Campus: Vancouver Why did you want to study engineering? There were a couple of different reasons. My brother did engineering, so […]

Smart Hydrogen Energy District (SHED) at UBC integrates hydrogen refuelling, electric vehicle charging, solar energy, and digital energy management.

New UBC research facility accelerates innovation in B.C.’s hydrogen energy sector Jun 14, 2024
$23-million Smart Hydrogen Energy District shows viability of integrated energy systems. B.C.’s hydrogen infrastructure enters a new era with today’s launch of the $23-million Smart Hydrogen Energy District (SHED) at UBC. Equipped with a hydrogen fueling station, this facility is expected to pave the way for breakthroughs in critical energy research. SHED will produce hydrogen […]

Dr. Pranav Shrestha, recent MECH PhD graduate, smiles at the viewer. He stands in front of a tree on a sunny day.

APSC Rising Star: PhD graduate Dr. Pranav Shrestha Jun 11, 2024
This article is from APSC Student and Alumni Stars. Combining Interests in Engineering and Global Health “Get involved in meaningful initiatives, work with people that inspire you, and treat challenges as opportunities for growth and learning.” Pranav Shrestha Degree: Doctor of Philosophy Grad year: 2024 Program: Mechanical Engineering Campus: Vancouver Growing up, me and my twin brother always found […]

APSC Rising Star: MASc graduate Jessica Wolf Jun 07, 2024
This article is from APSC Student and Alumni Stars. Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and Social Science “The best motivator is knowing that my work has a positive impact on others – finding ways to make that human connection with my research has been so important.” Jessica Wolf Degree: Master of Applied Science Grad year: 2024 Program: Mechanical […]

Graduating students receive degrees with distinction at the UBC Mechanical Engineering Graduation Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations to the Class of 2024!
We were honoured to celebrate our spring graduating class on May 29, 2024 with a reception and awards ceremony. Before crossing the stage at the Chan Centre, we brought our students together with their families, faculty and staff to celebrate their achievements and all the hard work that has gone into this moment. Congratulations to […]

Workday Student is here! Find undergraduate and graduate student resources for navigating UBC’s new student information system and where to get help.

Workday Student is here! May 24, 2024
As of May 21, all students have access to UBC’s new information system interface, Workday Student! Log in to to access your records, including: Course schedule and registration Grades Awards Tuition summary and payment Exam schedule Transcripts Transfer credits Your personal and contact information Don’t forget to log in to Workday Student before course […]

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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.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship – Apply by July 15, 2024
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. Deadline: Monday, […]

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award – Apply by May 31 (8AM)
The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards are made to individuals who have completed PhD dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Graduate programs may submit up to two nominations: one in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering and one in Social Sciences. Two CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards will be awarded at the […]

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 […]