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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

Rise of the RoboNurse
The Walrus
Thu, Feb 19, 2015
Author: Gary Stephen Ross
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The Walrus follows UBC Engineering Professor Elizabeth Croft as she demonstrates the wonders of science and technology to a group of young women via live feed.

Almost 30 percent of UBC’s first-year engineering class is female, Croft tells her listeners. The portion was about 13 per cent from when she entered the program in 1984.

Entrepreneurial students advance into Next 36
UBC This Week
Thu, Feb 19, 2015
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Engineering Physics students Michael Ip and Sagar Malhi are two of 38 finalists in Next 36, a Canadian venture-building competition that nurtures young entrepreneurs through top business and academic mentoring and seed capital. Ip and Malhi began the Next 36 with 628 other applicants from Canadian and American universities, including hopefuls from Harvard and Yale. The finalists will be working on their startups until August when they will pitch their businesses on Venture Day.

Engineering prof awarded the R.F. Legget Medal
UBC This Week
Thu, Feb 19, 2015
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Peter M. Byrne, professor emeritus of Civil Engineering, was awarded the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s R.F. Legget Medal for 2014, the society’s highest honour to an individual for “outstanding, life-long contributions to geotechnique.”

Women in Engineering
The Exchange
Wed, Feb 18, 2015
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The Women in Engineering program was established to create an environment for professional development while encouraging women to participate fully and equitably in engineering. Watch participants in this program talk about their experiences. 

B.C. schools increase mining education despite industry downturn
The Vancouver Sun
Tue, Feb 17, 2015
Author: Derrick Penner
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B.C. school safe taking the long-term view and increasing mining education options despite the industry’s downturn.

UBC’s Sauder School of Business and Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering will offer a new executive MBA program for mining professionals.

Brian Bemmels, the school’s associate dean, says many senior mining leaders are retiring over the next 10 years.


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