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

Mechanical Engineering Researchers Receive +$2.7 Million in NSERC Funding June 23, 2020
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded over $2.7 million in funding to Mechanical Engineering faculty members. The funding includes ten Discovery Grants to support ongoing research, two Research Tools and Instrument grants for new equipment, one Discovery Accelerator Supplement, and one Discovery Launch Supplement. These grants are meant to […]

Faculty and staff guests at Virtual Grad Reception

MECH Hosts Virtual Reception for Graduating Class June 15, 2020
Congratulations to the class of 2020! We’re excited for you to celebrate your university achievements, and to embark on your next chapter and the bright future ahead. If you couldn’t make the Virtual Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony on June 11th you can watch the recording here, featuring words from Department Head Dr. Steve Feng, […]

MECH Statement Against Racism

Statement Against Racism June 3, 2020
Reflecting on the violence against Black communities in Canada and the United States, both currently and historically, the Department of Mechanical Engineering stands in solidarity with those facing racism and other forms of discrimination. We join UBC President Santa Ono, UBC’s Black Student Union and many others on campus in denouncing the recent anti-Black and […]

Dr. Agnes d'Entremont wins Killam Teaching Prize

Dr. Agnes d’Entremont Wins Killam Teaching Prize June 1, 2020
Mechanical Engineering faculty member Dr. Agnes d’Entremont has won a 2019/2020 Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of her excellence in teaching. Faculty are nominated for the Killam Teaching Prize by students, colleagues and alumni. She has made ongoing contributions to educational excellence in Mechanical Engineering, through her teaching, leadership, advocacy, and dedication to student learning. […]

UBC News: UBC researchers develop portable ultrasound scanner network for COVID-19 May 27, 2020
UBC’s Dr. Teresa Tsang (Medicine), Purang Abolmaesumi (Medicine), Robert Rohling (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Dr. Oron Frenkel (Electrical and Computer Engineering) are designing portable hand held ultrasound scanners that can aid in COVID-19 diagnosis, connecting the scanners with an AI algorithm and an online library of lung ultrasound images to help health […]

Projects by MECH Faculty Receive Competitive New Frontiers in Research Funding May 22, 2020
Dr. Zimmerman, Dr. Giang, Dr. Ponga, and Dr. Jelovica Two research projects lead by Mechanical Engineering faculty members have received funding from the competitive Government of Canada New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF). The projects are in the Exploration stream, which seeks to support “opportunities for Canada to build strength in high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary […]

UBC Mechanical Engineering Prof Receives Human Frontier Science Program Grant May 21, 2020
Mattia Bacca, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UBC, has been awarded a three-year research grant from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization. The France-based organization, which established its namesake program in 1989, aims to support innovative international research collaborations that clarify “the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms for the benefit of all […]

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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: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships – Deadline: September 3, 2020
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 citizens, permanent residents […]

Call for Applications: Canadian Student Health Research Forum – Deadline: July 10, 2020
Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF) The aim of the CSHRF is to provide a venue for the networking, research exposure and recognition of Canada’s most promising research trainees in the health sciences. Universities have been invited on nominate their top PhD students in health sciences for participation in the forum. Due to COVID-19, the Canadian […]

Call for Applications: Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – Deadline: October 19, 2020
Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship The UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies and 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 […]

Call for Applications: Schmidt Science Fellowships – Deadline: Thursday, July 16
Call for Applications: 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 to pursue a one year postdoctoral placement at a world-leading laboratory anywhere in the world in a disciplinary pivot from […]

Call for Applications: IDRC Research Awards – Deadline: Sept 16, 2020
IDRC Research Awards The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is now accepting applications for the IDRC Research Awards 2021.  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 degree at a […]

Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Bridge Funding – Deadline: June 15, 2020
Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship Bridge Funding The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will match funds provided by graduate programs (to a maximum of $8,000 per student and to a maximum of $50,000 for the program in total) to support Master’s and doctoral Indigenous students registered at the UBC-Vancouver campus for the 2020/21 academic year (i.e., from […]

Rio Tinto Graduate Scholarships – Deadline: June 8, 2020
Rio Tinto Graduate Scholarships As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation and research, Rio Tinto offers an $18,000 graduate scholarship for a UBC graduate student in a field of pure or applied science related to Rio Tinto’s activities in mining.  Eligible research areas are: Aluminum metallurgy, Electrolysis of molten salts, Hydrometallurgy, Science of the […]