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

TurtleSeg Software
Innovation Magazine
Fri, Aug 1, 2014
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Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Rafeef Abugharbeih and her SFU colleagues have created a software which is faster and more accurate at analyzing medical images than current software is. The medical imaging software, TurtleSeg, automatically directs users towards better segmentations and points out areas that need further investigation.

TurtleSeg spends only 60% of its time analyzing images, which contributes to reducing overall wait times and healthcare expenses.

Hitting the road, safely
UBC Reports
Fri, Jul 18, 2014
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As vacationers embark on summer road trips, a UBC Civil engineering professor Tarek Sayed talks about new ways for making the highways and byways collision free.

Engineering announces new department heads and reappointed leaders
UBC This Week
Fri, Jul 18, 2014
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Effective July 1, 2014, several UBC Faculty of Applied Science engineering departments have new and renewed leadership.

  • Professor Perry Adebar will lead the Department of Civil Engineering.
  • Associate Professor Scott Dunbar will lead the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering.
  •  Professor Peter Englezos has been reappointed for a second term as head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
  • Professor Daan Maijer has been appointed for a third term as the director of Integrated Engineering.

Adebar, Dunbar and Englezos have been appointed for five-year terms culminating on June 30, 2019. Maijer has been appointed for a three-year term culminating on June 30, 2017.

Statistical models improve ultrasound-guided spinal injections
UBC This Week
Thu, Jul 17, 2014
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A recent paper from Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Robotics and Control Lab won this year’s Philips/IPCAI Audience Best Presentation Award. The paper describes the methods behind a multi-centre study on how 3D ultrasound, when linked to a statistical model of the vertebrae, can help a radiologist guide a needle into the spine for pain relief. This research is the result of collaboration between many engineers, clinicians and students as well as the patients who volunteered for the study.

Award-winning device removes surgical smoke
UBC This Week
Thu, Jul 17, 2014
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Biomedical engineering students won the 2014 Joel Bert award for their design of an ergonomic electrosurgery smoke evacuator that clears 95 per cent of surgical smoke in operating rooms. The device was designed by Navid Shirza, Jacqueline Soicher, Quan Guo and Chao Jin, members of the Engineers in Scrubs biomedical engineering graduate program at UBC.


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