Engineering in the News

UBC Engineering faculty, staff, students and alumni are often featured in in the news, researching innovations, making a difference in their community and achieving exceptional status in professional or community organizations.

A summary of the latest news articles are provided below for your interest. For complete stories, contact ErinRose Handy at 604.822.1524 or

Mulcair vows to repeal Bill C-51 at NDP rally in Surrey
Vancouver Observer
Sat, May 16, 2015
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NDP leader Thomas Mulcair talked gave a talk at the Aria Banquet Hall in Surrey on Friday promising the NDP government would repeal Bill C-51. UBC engineering student Shaki Ramkumar who attended the event thought Mulcair did not clarify on NDP policies regarding oil sands in Alberta, but felt “optimistic” about what was said about the environment.   

A thrilling ride
Sat, May 16, 2015

A special guest at this year’s the Knox Mountain hill climb is the UBC Engineering team, who are fielding the first electric-powered car to compete in the event. The students are all members of the E-Car Club, including UBC E-Racing Club president Theo Noyes.

Similar stories in Kelowna Capital News and Kelowna Now.

UBCO getting $1.13 million for transport research
Global News BC
Sat, May 16, 2015
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The School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus is leading a $1.13-million research project that will study sustainable transportation infrastructure in South Asia. Over four years, the projects will see 24 graduate students, 16 undergraduate interns, and 20 international graduate students working together on transport research projects.

Similar story in The Exchange, Kelowna Now.

‘The machine can do better than human anesthesiologists’
Washington Post
Fri, May 15, 2015
Author: Todd C. Frankel
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UBC researchers are testing a new machine that fully automates anesthesia for operations.

The device, iControl-RP, has been used on 250 patients so far. It determines how much anesthesia is needed by tracking the patient’s brain wave activity, along with traditional health markers like blood oxygen levels.

“We are convinced the machine can do better than human anesthesiologists,” said Mark Ansermino, one of the machine’s co-developers and the director of pediatric anesthesia research at UBC. UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Professor Guy Dumont is also a co-researcher of this project. 

The 2015 Killam Prize
CBC Radio
Fri, May 15, 2015
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In the CBC Radio show Ideas, Paul Kennedy talks to UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Vijay K Bhargava who was awarded the Canada Council Killam Prize by Governor General David Johnston in recognition for his contribution to engineering. Bhargava talks about his dedication to his work and teaching students. 


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