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Read about what’s happening at UBC Mechanical Engineering!


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

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 […]

Assistant Professor Amanda Giang is one of Canada's newest Research Chairs.

Dr. Amanda Giang named Canada Research Chair in Environmental Modelling for Policy Mar 13, 2024
Assistant Professor Amanda Giang has been named the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Environmental Modelling for Policy. The Government of Canada announced the new and renewed Research Chairs on March 13, 2024, providing $191 million for 230 chairs at post-secondary institutions nationwide, alongside $9 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans […]

Photo of electric vehicle plug charging by chuttersnap on Unsplash.

Driving an electric car is cheaper in some parts of Canada than others Mar 11, 2024
This article originally appeared on UBC News. Electric vehicles are a critical part of Canada’s climate strategy, but a new UBC study highlights how it’s cheaper in some regions than others to drive electric—making it more challenging for certain households to make the switch. Location, location, location The researchers analyzed how far people need to drive their electric […]

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

  • 18th Apr 2024 | 10:00:am
    UBC Mechanical Engineering Tour
    Are you interested in pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, or just curious about what happens behind the doors of our research labs? Join us for a tour of the...

  • Dr. Joseph Katz

    18th Apr 2024 | 12:00:pm
    Seminar – Dr. Joseph Katz: Interaction of Turbulent Boundary Layers with Compliant Surfaces
    Interaction of Turbulent Boundary Layers with Compliant Surfaces Speaker: Dr. Joseph Katz William F. Ward Sr. Distinguished Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University When: April 18, 2024  | ...

  • Join us for the NAME Student Design Celebration on April 25!

    25th Apr 2024 | 5:30:pm
    NAME Student Design Celebration
    Join us April 25 for our Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering student design showcase! Enjoy an evening of networking and dinner with industry colleagues, our alumni, and faculty members at...

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.

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 […]

Schmidt Science Fellowships – Apply by Apr 10, 2024 (8 AM)
Schmidt Science Fellowships The Schmidt Science Fellows program provides the world’s best emerging scientists with new skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges, become scientific and societal thought leaders, and accelerate ground-breaking discoveries.  The program is looking for the brightest minds in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computing who are interested […]

Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship – Apply by Mar 29
Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship The Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships are available to Canadian citizens engaged in or about to start doctoral studies in Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science at UBC.  The award is valued at $8,000 for one year, but may be extended for a second year. Note that eligible applicants […]

CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards, UBC Dissertation Prize, Martha Salcudean Prize – Apply by Feb 20, 2024
CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards – PhD The CAGS-ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field. They were established in 1994 and are presented annually by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), with sponsorship support provided by ProQuest. There are two awards: one for […]

Governor General’s Gold Medal – Apply by Feb 20, 2024
Governor General’s Gold Medal – MASc/PhD One gold medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record as a doctoral student. A second gold medal is awarded to the graduate student who has achieved most outstanding academic record as a master’s student completing a thesis. Students must have submitted the […]

Call for Nominations: Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award – Due Mar 1
Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award In recognition of the valuable role that Teaching Assistants play in our programs, UBC annually awards nineteen Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards. Each UBC Killam GTA Award includes a Certificate and $1,000.00. These awards are intended to recognize teaching excellence within our institution and to underscore the importance and value […]

Friedman Award for Scholars in Health – Apply by Mar 13, 2024
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 research, or […]