In The News

UBC Faculty of Applied Science 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

Vancouver’s ‘white hat’ hackers ride lawless ethics frontier
Business in Vancouver
Mon, 01/11/2016
Author: Tyler Orton
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A new Business in Vancouver article focused on “white hat” or ethical hackers–computer security troubleshooters who work at identifying potential attacks and security loopholes in computer systems.

The article mentioned a UBC class that culminates in a mini-conference on ethical hacking. The class is taught by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Kosta Beznosov.

Have we come a long way, baby?
The Squamish Chief
Tue, 01/05/2016
Author: Jennifer Thuncher
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More and more women are entering engineering and other male-dominated professions, increasing the percentage of female engineers from 4 percent 20 years ago, to 12 percent today.

UBC Mechanical Engineering Professor and Associate Dean Elizabeth Croft says there are many outreach programs, including summer camps, to encourage girls as early as Grade 6, to be involved with engineering and learn more about it

Top Canadian sprinter Michael Aono chooses Thunderbirds The Province
The Province
Tue, 01/05/2016
Author: Howard Tsumura
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Teen sprinter Michael Aono from North Delta has joined the UBC Thunderbirds, The Province reported. Aono is considered a blue-chip recruit, according to Laurier Primeau, head coach of the Thunderbirds’ cross country and track and field programs. Aono will be also be studying engineering at UBC.

The changing landscape of construction management
Mon, 01/04/2016
Author: Prajakta Dhopade
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Construction management education is the focus of a new Maclean’s article.

The article mentions a UBC master’s program in engineering that offers a specialization in construction.

Quake early warning system 'worked like a charm'
The Cowichan Valley Chief
Sun, 01/03/2016
Author: Jeff Nagel
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UBC’s early earthquake warning system detected last week’s mild earthquake 13 seconds before the buildings began shaking, said Earthquake Engineering researcher Kent Johansen. In the event of a major earthquake, this warning system would alert schools and offer ten to 30 seconds of advanced warning.