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

Open house at UBCO School of Engineering
Kelowna Capital News
Tue, 11/08/2016
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Kelowna Capital News featured an open house at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering.

The program is home to award-winning teachers and researchers and offers undergraduate programs in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering along with graduate programs.

The open house on November 19 runs from 10 am to 2 pm at the Engineering Management Education building on the UBC Okanagan campus

Autonomous vehicles promise to be disruptive, but a boost to safety
Vancouver Sun
Thu, 11/03/2016
Author: Derrick Penner
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The Vancouver Sun quoted Annalisa Meyboom, director of UBC’s Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space Lab, about the possibility of self-driving vehicles.

Meyboom wants to run trials with autonomous shuttle vehicles to gauge people’s impressions.

“At this point, until people can engage with the technology, you will get some that are really enthusiastic and some who will answer ‘no, I don’t like the idea a bit,'” Meyboom said.

The story also appeared in The Province and Calgary Herald.

Stored Snow Makes A Great Alternative To Summer Air Conditioning
Fast Company
Thu, 11/03/2016
Author: Charlie Sorrel
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Fast Company featured work by UBC engineering professor Kasun Hewage and colleagues.

They found that buildings could cool their air more efficiently using snow. The researchers ran an apartment building’s air supply through a pile of snow, lowering the temperature with no associated cost.

“Snow is not a waste, but a resource,” Hewage said.

Polluted air means city walkers and cyclists should watch their speed
Huffington Post
Wed, 11/02/2016
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Huffington Post featured an interview with Alex Bigazzi, a UBC civil engineering professor, who found exerting too much energy while walking or biking on city streets can increase the amount of airborne pollutants you inhale.

He explained what he calls minimum dose speed (MDS), or the optimal speed which leads to the least total pollution inhalation dose over a trip.

“Across a wide range of people, the MDS is three to six kilometres per hour walking and 12 to 20 kilometres per hour bicycling on level ground. The MDS is lower when going up hills. For the vast majority of people, the MDS corresponds to a moderate exercise intensity on relatively flat terrain,” he said.

B.C. moves to set up province-wide earthquake monitoring system
Vancouver Sun
Wed, 11/02/2016
Author: Gordon Hoekstra
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Kent Johansen, a UBC civil engineering research associate, spoke to the Vancouver Sun about the benefits of earthquake early detection.

B.C. is moving towards a province-wide earthquake monitoring and early-warning system.

Johansen designed an early warning system for schools, and said creating a wider network is a good idea, as it would provide more information and increase resiliency.