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

Gold Medal Award Winner Presents Research
Engineers Canada Newsletter
Fri, Nov 28, 2014
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Engineers Canada 2011 Gold Medal Award Winner and UBC Mechanical Engineering Professor Yusuf Altintas presented at The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering’s Bacon & Eggheads Breakfast, a showcase of excellent Canadian research achievements. His presentation was titled Virtual manufacturing: on the computerized cutting edge and focused on his research on made-in-Canada virtual cutting software at UBC.

Older brick buildings at risk in earthquake: claim
Thu, Nov 27, 2014
Author: Bruce Constantineau
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WorkSafeBC should ensure anyone who works in older unreinforced masonry buildings in southwestern B.C. knows they’re at considerable risk in the event of an earthquake.

Carlos Ventura, director of UBC’s earthquake engineering research facility, said a California law requires all unreinforced masonry buildings to display signs warning that an earthquake could cause major damage.

Similar story in The Vancouver Sun.

Increasing safety margins in contact sports
The Globe and Mail
Wed, Nov 26, 2014
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Mechanical Engineering Professor Peter Cripton is mentioned in a Globe and Mail article on his work to reduce concussion rates in contact sports. Cripton and his colleagues are working with Helios Global Technologies at the Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) facility at UBC’s Okanagan campus, currently testing Armourgel, a soft, flexible material that stiffens upon impact. 

Engineering professor named one of Canada’s most powerful women
Money News
Wed, Nov 26, 2014
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UBC Engineering Professor Elizabeth Croft has been named a Women’s Executive Network’s 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award winner. The awards recognize Canada’s female leaders who have become agents of change in reshaping Canadian organizations at the highest levels. A tireless advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Croft mentors and encourages women to pursue and remain in STEM careers. 

Similar story in UBC This Week, Mediacaster.

It's Alive! The 3D Printing of Living Tissues
EE Times
Tue, Nov 25, 2014
Author: Ariella Brown
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Tamer Mohamed, a UBC electrical engineering student, is in the process of creating 3D tissue which he hopes one day will save lives. Mohamed is one of the co-founders of Aspect Biosystems, a UBC-founded 3D-tissue-printing company. 


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