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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

Laser-etched metal so water-repellent, liquid bounces off
Design Engineering
Wed, Jan 21, 2015
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Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Savvas Hatzikiriakos and his work on laser-etching is mentioned in article describing University of Rochester researchers’ development of a new laser-patterning technique. Hatzikirakos was able to create super-hydrophobic skates through laser-treating stainless steel blades. 

Educating The Next Generation Of Energy Engineers
Wed, Jan 21, 2015
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A UBC engineering professor and student discuss the growing demand for energy-focused engineering studies and the Master of Engineering in Clean Energy program offered at UBC.

Due to society’s many energy issues, Clean Energy Research Centre instructor Eric Mazzi doesn’t believe that this interest will be going away any time soon, citing as an example the increase in international students registering to study clean energy at UBC in the last few years.

Justin Ritchie, a UBC Materials Engineering graduate, points to the university’s grand mission to bring together all students of all academic backgrounds to ensure a sustainable future. 

Memorial Award Created After Tragic Death of Okanagan College Prof
The Vancouver Sun
Tue, Jan 20, 2015
Author: Stacy Penner
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Tom Santosham, a beloved professor at Okanagan college and UBC Mechanical Engineering PhD alum, is being honoured through a memorial award after passing away in a tragic car accident. Santosham’s family has founded the $1,000 Thomas V. Santosham Award in Business, which will be given to academically outstanding domestic students who demonstrate financial need.

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Hardware store drills converted to surgical tools
Tue, Jan 20, 2015
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UBC biomedical engineers have devised a new way to use power drills as surgical tools by fitting medical-grade sterilized fabric over regular hardware store drills.

This and four other ventures are part of a mentorship and development program at UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

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UBC hopes robotic sailboat can make trans-Atlantic history
The Vancouver Sun
Tue, Jan 20, 2015
Author: Gillian Shaw
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A team of UBC engineering and computer science students plan to launch a robotic sailboat off the coast of Newfoundland this summer.

If successful it will be the first sailboat to cross the Atlantic Ocean completely on its own.

The 5.5-metre-long sailboat is fitted out with the latest marine tech including satellite navigation and thermal imaging.

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