Message from the Head
Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. The Mechanical Engineering Department has been a vital component of the Faculty of Applied Science since the University was founded in 1915. This website provides an overview of the academic programs and individuals that comprise the Department. We hope that whether you are a prospective undergraduate or graduate student, or work in industry or another university, you will find this website to be informative.
Our Department has a distinguished record in both teaching and research. Several faculty members within the Department have been recipients of teaching awards from the University and from the community outside UBC. In addition to great teachers, we also provide our students with an innovative and engaging curriculum. Many of our undergraduate offerings, including our innovative MECH 2 year and the Mechatronics Option, have won university-level and professional society awards. Owing to the quality of our pedagogy, Engineering undergraduate students find Mechanical Engineering to be a highly attractive program; the number of students who rank MECH as their preferred program is twice as large as the number of students we can accept.
We are proud to be one of the most active research departments in Canada. The research activities of the 41 full-time faculty members, 13 professors emeriti, 15 adjunct faculty, and 4 associate faculty range across the wide spectrum of Mechanical Engineering. We are fortunate to have modern facilities and a dedicated technical and office staff to support our academic programs and research. Funding for research (in excess of $7 million annually) comes from both government and industry, and most of the approximately 170 graduate students are fully supported as research assistants. Vancouver is a desirable city in which to live and work, and graduate students from many parts of the world find living here to be a rewarding experience. We welcome all enquiries from prospective students with an interest in our activities.
I hope that you like the website and are inspired by the individuals who animate the Department.
Hsi-Yung (Steve) Feng, PhD, PEng, FASME
Professor and Head