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

Engineering a career in show business
Richmond News
Thu, Sep 4, 2014
Author: Philip Rafael
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Manny Jacinto, a former civil engineering student at UBC, wants to show people that a career in the arts is possible. During his UBC studies, Jacinto worked on projects with the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre and the Port Mann Bridge; at night, he would perform and act. 

Tech startup top 10 finalist in BCIC new ventures competition
UBC This Week
Thu, Sep 4, 2014
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Aspect Biosystems Ltd., a UBC Engineering-led startup, has been selected as one of the province’s top 10 new ventures in the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) New Ventures Competition. Aspect is creating 3D tissue constructs that provide improved models for drug testing.

Aspect’s management team includes four co-founders from UBC: Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Konrad Walus, Research Fellow Sam Wadsworth, and Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate students Simon Beyer and Tamer Mohamed, as well as an advisory group of business leaders from Entrepreneurship@UBC.

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Engineers in Scrubs undergrads win VCHRI competition
UBC This Week
Thu, Sep 4, 2014
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Two UBC Engineers in Scrubs (EiS) undergraduates recently won the 1 Minute 1 Slide contest sponsored by the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI). Students present their research projects in one minute with a single PowerPoint slide. Justin Lam’s research compared the quality of holes drilled in artificial bone using a hardware-store power drill, surgical drills, and hand drills. Carly Jones’s research focused on developing the correction methodologies for slipped capital femoral epiphysis, an adolescent hip disorder.

UBC boasts biggest first-year class at Vancouver, Okanagan campuses
The Vancouver Sun
Tue, Sep 2, 2014
Author: Tara Carman
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UBC’s largest-ever first-year cohort began their first day of school on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses on September 2. Around 2,400 of these first-years are international students coming mainly from China, U.S., India, Korea and Hong Kong.

The article explains that although most international students enter the Faculty of Arts, demand is strongest in engineering and business. 

First year guide to UBC
The Ubyssey
Thu, Aug 28, 2014
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Painting the UBC Engineering Cairn is featured as a campus tradition in The Ubyssey’s guide for new first-year UBC students. The Cairn is located outside of the Fred Kaiser Building on Main Mall.


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