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

Researchers focus on smart materials
Vancouver Sun
Thu, Jun 26, 2014
Author: Jim Morris
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B.C. researchers are developing smart concrete, slabs equipped with sensors, for the construction industry.

The sensors allow builders to better monitor the concrete’s durability.

“These are highly innovative things that are slowly getting into our structures,” said UBC civil engineering professor Nemy Banthia.

UBC This Week
Thu, Jun 26, 2014
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Applied Science staff members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the faculty during the annual Applied Science barbecue on June 24:  Erik Wilson (Mechanical Engineering), Ruxandra Vasiljevic (Nursing), Darla La Pierre (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Ron Loewen; faculty members Sathish Gopalakrishnan (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Bernard Laval (Civil Engineering).

Muddy waters
CTV First Story
Tue, Jun 24, 2014
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UBC engineers are working with First Nation communities in British Columbia to improve their water systems.

Chemical engineering professor Madjid Mohseni and his team use ultraviolet technology to treat the water.

UBC Engineering announces Goldcorp Professor for Women in Engineering
UBC This Week
Tue, Jun 24, 2014
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The Faculty of Applied Science announces Sheryl Staub-French, associate professor in civil engineering, as the inaugural holder of the Goldcorp Professorship in Women in Engineering at UBC.

Beijing gets its own Silicon Alley as bustling street becomes start-up haven
South Morning China Post
Mon, Jun 23, 2014
Author: Celine Sun
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The South Morning China Post interviews a number of tech entrepreneurs based in Beijing, including Li Guanzhi, who received a doctorate in computer engineering and mathematics from UBC.

Two years ago Li set up Sulai24, an online hiring platform for migrant workers and employers in labour-intensive industries.

“I got the idea for such a site because there’s serious information asymmetry in the low-end labour market; workers cannot find proper jobs while employers are short of hands,” the 34-year-old entrepreneur said.


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