New manufacturing engineering program set to launch in fall 2019


Beginning this fall, second-year UBC students will be able to enroll in a new undergraduate program in manufacturing engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science.  

APSC’s first dual-campus program — the Okanagan campus will focus on production management, the Vancouver campus on production technology — aims not only to solidify UBC’s role as a centre for digital, automated and advanced manufacturing, but also to create more opportunities for collaboration between the two campuses.

Recently approved by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education Skills and Training, the program will be funded by the provincial government’s tech expansion plan, under which approximately 2,900 tech-related student spaces are being added to public post-secondary institutions in BC. Expanding the local pool of skilled tech workers is expected to accelerate the growth of BC’s tech sector, which employs over 106,000 people and generates $29 billion in revenues. 

Warren Poole, the Rio Tinto Alcan Chair in Materials Process Engineering, will serve as the program’s inaugural director. Homayoun Najjaran, an engineering professor at UBC Okanagan, and Yusuf Altintas, the NSERC-Pratt & Whitney Industrial Research Chair in Virtual High-performance Machining, will be the associate directors of the program at the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, respectively.