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Grad Students Compete in 2021 Three Minute Thesis Heat March 4, 2021
On February 25, five graduate students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering faced off on Zoom to see who could best explain their thesis research in three minutes or less. The Department’s second annual 3 Minute Thesis heat challenged graduate students to hone their communication skills by packing their complex research projects into a quick […]

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Media Mention: Dr. Amanda Giang quoted about lead pollution cleanup efforts in Trail, BC. March 1, 2021
NATIONAL OBSERVER: For more than 30 years, a small city nestled in the mountains of British Columbia’s West Kootenay region has been working to clean up lead pollution that spewed from the local smelter for almost a century. Teck Metals has upgraded the smelter, and that led to major improvements, but blood lead levels among […]

Media Mention: EGBC’s Innovation Magazine features mask research by Dr. Steven Rogak February 23, 2021
INNOVATION: With the advent of multiple COVID-19 vaccines, things are definitely looking up. But experts warn that the wearing of masks will not end any time soon. Many of us prefer wearing reusable cloth masks over disposable medical masks, but which fabrics are the most effective? A Surrey Memorial Hospital anaesthesiologist and a UBC engineer […]

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Media Mention: Delta Optimist shares SmellVan App – “What’s that Stink in Delta?” February 22, 2021
DELTA OPTIMIST: Delta residents now have a new option if they smell something rotten in their neighbourhood. A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) recently launched a public web application called Smell Vancouver — or SmellVan, for short — that’s designed to track reports of odours throughout the greater Vancouver area. The app was developed […]

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Researchers receive NSERC Alliance grants for sustainable energy collaborations February 16, 2021
Two faculty members at the Department of Mechanical Engineering have received NSERC Alliance grants to support their collaborations with local sustainable-energy companies. A relatively new initiative, the NSERC Alliance grants began in 2019, and aim to bring together academic and industry expertise, seeking to more quickly translate research results into wider use. Dr. Walter Mérida […]

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Media Mention: Dr. Steven Rogak comments on the efficacy of wearing two masks February 4, 2021
NATIONAL POST: Should we all be wearing two masks? What experts say about the latest COVID-19 debate. Some experts are considering whether people should wear two masks to increase the likelihood of protecting themselves from more transmissible COVID-19 variants. Amid growing concern over vaccine deliveries and new reported cases of contagious COVID-19 variants, health experts […]

Clean Energy Engineering: a holistic perspective for energy-sector leaders January 19, 2021
As we find ourselves in the midst of the climate crisis – the drivers of which are linked to other global sustainability crises, including biodiversity loss, pollution and the current pandemic – there’s an urgent need for transformative change that acknowledges the interconnections between systems. We see this in policy and planning discussions around the […]

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MECH Virtual First-Year Networking Event – March 17, 2021
Are you a first-year Engineering student interested in learning about Mechanical Engineering? Join us for a special online networking event where you’ll get to meet our students, alumni, and faculty members! Join us for this unique online networking event where small groups of students will be matched with one current student, one alum and one […]

3 Minute Thesis Heat – Feb 25, 2021
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is hosting our annual 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: join us online and cast your ballot for […]

Alumni Event: Engineering Responses to COVID-19 – January 14, 2021
The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites our alumni to a special event on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Join us at 5 PM for an online panel featuring a Mechanical Engineering alum, faculty member, graduate student, and undergraduate who have been tackling the unique challenges presented by COVID-19. Their solutions vary from software applications, to device design, […]

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 […]

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The mechanics behind the miracle of life: Maternal soft tissue growth and remodelling – March 5, 2021 – Dr. Kyoko Yoshida
WEBINAR: The mechanics behind the miracle of life: Maternal soft tissue growth and remodelling Speaker: Dr. Kyoko Yoshida, Senior Scientist, University of Virginia When: Friday, 5 March, 2021  |  10:00 AM Where: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/64295005728?pwd=RUd4aUJCcitadFhjNDNicWtQY1Vidz09 Abstract Pregnancy stands at the interface of mechanics and biology. The growing fetus continuously loads the maternal organs while circulating hormones surge. […]

Translating Cardiac Modelling into the Heart of the Clinic – March 3, 2021 – Dr. Steven Niederer
WEBINAR: Translating Cardiac Modelling into the Heart of the Clinic Speaker: Dr. Steven Niederer, Professor, King’s College London When: Wednesday, 3 March, 2021  |  10:00 AM Where: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/63139138430?pwd=WjJsL3pvSE01VkQ2anZFUkcrM2lEZz09 Abstract The ability to measure the heart’s shape, structure and function across multiple spatial and temporal scales continues to grow. Interpreting this data remains challenging. Computational biophysical […]

Extreme event quantification in engineering and physical systems – March 2, 2021 – Dr. Mustafa Mohamad
WEBINAR: Extreme event quantification in engineering and physical systems Speaker: Dr. Mustafa Mohamad, Postdoctoral Fellow – Courant Institute, New York University When: Tuesday, 2 March, 2021  |  10:00 AM Where: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/63804379745?pwd=UytqT01ERkNWbEZIZFA4Uld5RXJRdz09 Abstract A wide range of dynamical systems encountered in nature and engineering are characterized by the presence of intermittent events with strongly transient characteristics, […]

Complex Fluids in Microchannel Flows: from Bleeding to Drug Delivery – Feb 26, 2021 – Dr. Qin (Maggie) Qi
WEBINAR: Complex Fluids in Microchannel Flows: from Bleeding to Drug Delivery Speaker: Dr. Qin (Maggie) Qi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University When: Friday, 26 February, 2021  |  10:00 AM Where: ubc.zoom.us/j/67036590971?pwd=MkRLUk81QWhQQWlUVGdhNmE4djE4QT09 Abstract Flow and transport through microchannels play a remarkable role in regulating human health, from understanding pathophysiology to fighting COVID-19 and from diagnostics to therapeutics. […]

Universal Well-Being Within Planetary Boundaries – Jan 26, 2021 – Dr. Julia Steinberger
WEBINAR: The Ultimate Engineering Challenge: Universal Well-Being Within Planetary Boundaries Speaker: Dr. Julia Steinberger, University of Leeds When: Tuesday, 26 January 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM Registration: Free, please register here Presented as part of Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Re-Start, an online, bi-weekly seminar series focused on how we can work towards more sustainable, […]

Robotics – Evolution, Myths, Realities, and Current Trends – Jan 15, 2021 – Dr. Clarence de Silva
WEBINAR: Robotics – Evolution, Myths, Realities, and Current Trends Speaker: Dr. Clarence de Silva, University of British Columbia This is a talk organized by the Sri Lanka Section of Cambridge Circle. When: Friday, 15 January 2021 | 8:00 PM PST Where: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/62401417064?pwd=R0RIc1l2NGE0U2RKdG14UWtlT3JoQT09  |  Meeting ID: 624 0141 7064  |  Passcode: 158911  | Participants can join […]

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Call for Applications Rare + Ages Foundation Fellowship and Bursaries – Deadline: April 1
Rare Charitable Reserve and Ages Foundation Fellowship and Bursaries The rare Charitable Research Reserve is an urban land trust and environmental institute in Waterloo Region/Wellington, with its first four locations protecting almost 1,000 acres of highly sensitive lands. Since inception, rare has taken care of the land on behalf of the community through the use of Western tools in conservation, […]

Call for Applications: Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship – Deadline: April 1, 2021
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 Applications: 2021 Bursary from the Division of Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sectors – Deadline: May 10, 2021
2021 Bursary announcement from the Division of Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sectors The Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector (EGIRS) Division of Engineers and Geoscientists BC are pleased to be able to offer TWO bursaries of $2000 each again this year to two deserving students. The bursary is intended to provide financial […]

Call for Nominations: Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF) – Deadline: March 31, 2021
Call for Nominations: 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. Note: Due to COVID-19, the CSHRF will be presented virtually this year from June 14 to 18, 2021.  As such, […]

Call for Applications: Scotiabank Economic Resilience Research Fund – Deadline: February 11, 2021
Scotiabank Economic Resilience Research Fund Scotiabank and Mitacs have partnered to create the Scotiabank Economic Resilience Research Fund (SERRF). This $300,000 partnership over three years will support research to advance economic resilience in communities across Canada. The partnership will solicit research applications that support the three key themes: 1) Accelerate newcomer integration, 2) Increase high […]

Call for Applications: BC Indigenous Student Award – Deadline: April 30, 2021
BC Indigenous Student Award The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has established an award program for Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education in BC. They are available to students who identify as Indigenous, defined as First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Métis or Inuit. All are renewable in order to provide sustained funding over multiple […]

Call for Applications: Governor General’s Gold Medal – Deadline: February 16, 2021
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 […]