UBC celebrates research excellence, recognizes five UBC Engineering profs

UBC Engineering professors Mohammad Arjmand, Amy Kim, Jian Liu, Julia Rubin, Tarek Sayed

Five UBC Engineering professors are among this year's UBC Faculty Research Award recipients, who were announced by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) today. These awards seek to recognize the research excellence and scholarly achievements of faculty from across all disciplines. 


Associate civil engineering professor Dr. Amy Kim and associate school of engineering professor Dr. Jian Liu each received a UBC Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship, which aims to support "early-career researchers ready to launch the next stage of their careers."  

Dr. Kim aims to better inform the planning of transportation systems that are more adaptable and resilient to a changing world, collaborating with researchers across disciplines in contexts such as wildfire emergency management, transportation infrastructure decisions under climate change impacts, and integrated analysis of air and ground transportation systems. 

Dr. Liu, the UBC Okanagan Principal’s Research Chair in Energy Storage Technologies, is developing a solid-state lithium battery that will increase performance and stability specifically for powering EVs. 


Dr. Julia Rubin, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering was recognized with a UBC Killam Research Fellowship, which ‘enables faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave.’ Dr. Rubin serves as a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Trustworthy Software and leads the UBC Research Excellence Cluster on Trustworthy ML


Civil engineering professor Dr. Tarek Sayed and assistant school of engineering professor Dr. Mohammad Arjmand each received a UBC Killam Research Prize which "recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions.” 

Dr. Sayed’s research to improve the methods of traffic safety analysis and evaluation is helping to reshape how road safety problems are identified and evaluated. 

Dr. Arjmand also serves as Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Advanced Materials and Polymer Engineering, and the Lead of the Plastic Recycling Research Cluster at UBC Okanagan.  

For more information about the awards and their recipients, please see the announcement on the VPRI website.  

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