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MECH Student Wins Geyer Family Award in Biomedical Engineering March 25, 2020
Julia Hudea, a fourth-year student in the UBC mechanical engineering program’s biomedical concentration, has been awarded the Geyer Family Award in Biomedical Engineering. The award recognizes biomedical engineering undergraduate students “with an entrepreneurial spirit, an interest in the local biomedical engineering industry and demonstrated leadership and communication skills.” Hudea is part of Fraxure, a student […]

Accelerating Our Transition to a Sustainable Energy Future March 23, 2020
Globally, we remain very dependent on fossil fuels for electricity, heat production and transportation. With increasing concern regarding the wide-ranging negative impacts of the climate crisis, there’s a lot of pressure from government and the public to take action on how we as a society produce and use energy. There are many solutions within our […]

Grad Students Compete in Inaugural MECH 3MT Heat, Advance to UBC Final March 19, 2020
On February 27th, Mechanical Engineering graduate students honed their communication rather than their technical skills by competing in the inaugural Department Three Minute Thesis heat. The Three Minute Thesis challenges them to distill their entire thesis into a three-minute presentation that communicates both what their research is and why it matters. Started by the University […]

MECH Services Move Online March 16, 2020
To support UBC’s social distancing protocols, many Mechanical Engineering employees are working remotely. While our Administrative and Student Services Office spaces are closed, both offices are fully available online. Our Machine Shop and Electronics Shop are also providing online services.  Please email us with your query! General contacts are provided below, and for more detailed […]

Dr. Fredrik Ahlgren demonstrates engine room simulator to Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering students

NAME Students visit Engine Room Simulator March 12, 2020
The room is dark except for a few colorful buttons on the instrument panels and the glow coming from the simulator screens. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) students have to figure out how to power up their “ship” before they can use the overhead lighting, in one of the challenges offered by the BCIT […]

Mech 2 Rover Mission: Competition Results March 6, 2020
January 31st saw twenty teams of second year mechanical engineering students face off to see whose rover design could overcome all obstacles to victory. The first of the term’s two design competitions was filled with many ups and downs, as students’ remote-controlled vehicles careened over hills, chasms, angled terrain, sand traps, and more. Simulating a […]

Dr. Elfring and Dr. Frigaard win 2019 Killam Research Awards February 11, 2020
Two Mechanical Engineering faculty members have been awarded prestigious UBC awards for research. Dr. Gwynn Elfring has won a Killam Research Fellowship (Junior Category) and Dr. Ian Frigaard has been awarded a Killam Research Prize (Senior Category). Dr. Elfring was awarded a Killam Research Fellowship in order to enable a study-leave pursuing his ongoing research […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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Building Sustainable Futures – March 11, 2020 – Mikhail Chester
Infrastructure and the Anthropocene Speaker: Dr. Mikhail Chester, Arizona State When: Wed, 11 March 2020 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Where: CIRS Building, BC Hydro Theatre (main floor), 2260 West Mall, Vancouver Tickets: Free, but please register here The Building Sustainable Futures seminar series aims to catalyze solutions-focused conversations around sustainability challenges, with a strong applied sciences flavour. The […]

Fluids Seminar – February 24, 2020 – Professor Tim Colonius
Challenges and opportunities in the simulation of bubbly, cavitating flows Professor Tim Colonius California Institute of Technology When: February 24, 2020 | 4-5 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Models and numerical methods for simulating bubbly, cavitating flows have benefitted from recent advances in sharp and diffuse interface-capturing schemes, but many […]

Fluids Seminar – February 10, 2020 – Dr. Vaibhav Joshi
Modeling and Physics of Bat Flight Dr. Vaibhav Joshi When: February 10, 2019 | 4 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane Abstract: Flexible multibody systems consisting of joints are found in applications ranging from biological, such as the musculoskeletal system of animals (bones connected by ligaments), to industrial applications in marine/offshore, rotor dynamics […]

Building Sustainable Futures – February 5, 2020 – Susan Amrose
High-Performance, Off-Grid, Village-Scale Desalination for Rural India using Electrodialysis that is Cost-Competitive with On-Grid RO Speaker: Susan Amrose, MIT When: Wed, 5 February 2020 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Where: CIRS Building, BC Hydro Theatre (main floor), 2260 West Mall, Vancouver Tickets: Free, but please register here The Building Sustainable Futures seminar series aims to catalyze solutions-focused conversations around […]

Fluids Seminar – November 20, 2019 – Professor Eric Climent
Preferential accumulation and vertical migration of phytoplankton cells in turbulence Professor Eric Climent Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT) When: November 20, 2019 | 4 PM Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane     Abstract:Many phytoplankton species are motile, propelling themselves through water with velocities ranging from 10 to 1000 microns […]

Fluids Seminar – October 21, 2019 – Dr. Thomasina Ball
Modelling viscous flow and elastic deformation in fold-thrust belts and magmatic intrusions Dr. Thomasina Ball When: October 21, 2019 | 4 PM Where: CEME 1203 | 6250 Applied Science Lane   Abstract:Fluid dynamics governs many phenomena on the Earth’s surface and interior, from the emplacement of fluid magma, to the viscous deformation of mountain ranges […]

Distinguished Colloquium- September 17, 2019 – Prof. Norman A. Fleck
Microarchitectured Materials: Current Status and Future Prospects The Department presents our Fall 2019 Distinguished Colloquium speaker: Dr. Norman A. Fleck Professor, Engineering Department University of Cambridge, United Kingdom When: September 17, 2019 | 11 AM Where: CEME 2202| 6250 Applied Science Lane Refreshments served at 10:45 AM.   Abstract: Lattice materials are emerging with a […]

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Call for Applications: International Policy Ideas Challenge 2020 – Deadline: April 17, 2020
International Policy Ideas Challenge 2020 NOTE: Master’s students, Doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply. The objective of the International Policy Ideas Challenge program is to draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career civil society researchers to identify concrete, innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced […]

Call for Applications: Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship – Deadline: 8 April, 2020
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. Application deadline: 4:00 pm […]

Call for Nominations: 2019-20 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Award – Deadline: March 6, 2020
2019-20 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Awards In recognition of the valuable role that teaching assistants play in our undergraduate programs, the university annually awards sixteen Killam Graduate Teaching Awards to UBC Teaching Assistants. The Killam GTA Award includes a certificate and $1,000.00. The sixteen awards, given annually, reinforce the important message to students (both […]

Call for Applications: Engineers & Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Bursary – Deadline: May 8, 2020
The Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector (EGIRS) Division of Engineers and Geoscientists BC is pleased to offer TWO $2,000 bursaries in 2020. These bursaries are intended to provide financial assistance to students in an accredited BC post-secondary or post-graduate program related to engineering or geoscience in the resource sector with the goal of […]

Change to Tri-Agency paid parental leave policy
The Tri-Agencies (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC) have announced a change to the paid parental leave policy. The change applies to holders of a graduate scholarship (such as CGS-M, CGS-D or other Tri-Agency Doctoral award, or a Vanier) or postdoctoral fellowship from the granting agencies, as well as to students and fellows who are paid from a supervisor’s Tri-Agency […]

Call for Nominations: EduCanada Study in Canada Scholarships – Deadline: February 10, 2020
EduCanada Study in Canada Scholarships The Study in Canada Scholarships program aims to increase opportunities for post-secondary institutions across Canada to welcome international students from around the world. The program is open to international students* (see below for eligible counties) from all academic disciplines, for programs of up to two years in duration at the […]

Call for Nominations: Governor General’s Gold Medal – Deadline: February 10, 2020, 8 AM
Governor General’s Gold Medal 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 final copy […]