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

Plumbing the secrets of tissue paper
Science Daily
Tue, 08/23/2016
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Science Daily featured UBC mechanical engineering research that has made large strides towards perfecting tissue paper.

A team working with professors Sheldon Green and Srikanth Phani created what may be the first complete mathematical model of creping, the crinkling process that makes tissue paper soft and resilient.

The model allows manufacturers to better manipulate the different elements to produce the exact product grade they want, from standard grade toilet paper to ultra-premium bathroom rolls, Green said.

Sailbot hopes to go where none like it have gone before
CBC News
Tue, 08/23/2016
Author: Jeremy Eaton
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CBC Newfoundland reported on the launch Wednesday of an autonomous sailboat in St. John’s. The boat is a project by UBC engineering students who are part of a robotics team aiming to send their self-driving boat all the way to Ireland.

“We’ve spend the last few months just testing and fixing a few bugs that have come up,” said team member Youssef Basha. “We’ve had a pretty smooth month so far, so we are very excited. Everything is looking good right now.”

The Sailbot team also spoke to CBC Radio’s Early Edition (at 59:30 mark).

Students to send Sailbot for record-breaker crossing
CBC News
Wed, 08/17/2016
Author: Jeremy Eaton
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CBC reported on a group of UBC engineering students who are aiming to send their robotic boat on a journey from Newfoundland to Ireland.

The autonomous vessel, named Ada after the world’s first programmer Ada Lovelace, is covered with solar panels and filled with electrical wires and boards. The boat is scheduled to set sail on Monday following a three-year process to get it to this point.

New condos may be vulnerable to seismic shocks
Roundhouse Radio
Sun, 08/14/2016
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Perry Adebar, head of the civil engineering department at UBC, spoke to Roundhouse Radio about how new condos may be uninhabitable after a major earthquake.

“The most serious threat after a significant earthquake is that a large part of our city won’t be habitable,” said Adebar, noting that the risk is heightened with striking, “irregular” new buildings. Adebar added that in California where earthquakes occur every 10 to 15 years, building designs are more regular.

Former UBC pitcher helps in unusual double play
The Province
Thu, 08/11/2016
Author: Steve Ewen
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The Province reported on former UBC Thunderbirds baseball player and electrical engineering student Alex Webb, who received international attention for starting a strange double play that took over social media on Friday.

Webb plays for the Dayton Dragons, a Cincinnati Reds affiliate in the single-A Midwest League. After one of his pitches he was hit in the back by a liner that went on to hit the umpire, before the shortstop completed the double-play.

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