Engineering alum initiates fundraiser for wildfire relief
On July 31, 2017, UBC President Santa Ono issued a broadcast email regarding the wildfires that have been devastating British Columbia this summer. According to the Wildfire Service information office, an estimated 894,941 hectares have burned in BC since April 1. So far $315.7 million has been spent fighting the fires and at their peak more than 45,000 British Columbians had been displaced from their homes. It is the worst wildfire season on record in the province.
UBC Engineering grad works to improve digital literacy in Nepal
In Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, near the Boudhanath Stupa — an immense dome-shaped shrine visited every day by thousands of Buddhists, Nepali people and tourists — sits a modest boarding school called Shree Mangal Dvip.>Read more
Walter Gage Book Project
The Friends of Walter Gage have been working hard to publish a book about the “Dean of Everything.” It will be a book about a man who asked nothing in return of the many who benefitted from knowing him, other than asking that they consider helping others in a similar manner in future if their circumstances permitted. The Applied Science faculty is proud to host the book’s companion website. But it’s not just about engineers.Read more
2016 Turkey 2K Trot: the race to beat the dean!
Each year, the UBC Community United Way Campaign kicks off with the Week of Caring – a week filled with events and fundraisers designed to raise money and awareness for programs that help children, families and seniors in need in the BC Lower Mainland. The Applied Science Turkey 2K Trot has become a much-anticipated staple in this annual campaign and each year, the competition gets more fierce as competitors vie to be the top male and female runners and for the coveted achievement of being able to beat the dean.
Takhti, a stand-alone server, wins $25,000 McEwen Family Quality of Life Prize
Takhti, a long range wireless networking solution for developing communities, was recognized as having the potential to dramatically improve quality of life. Saadan Sulehri, fourth-year electrical engineering student and his non-profit organization - LET’S International Charitable Association, will apply the $25,000 McEwen Family Applied Science Quality of Life Prize to bring the innovation forward.
Candidates shortlisted for the McEwen Family Applied Science Quality of Life Prize
The inventions shortlisted as candidates for the McEwen Family Applied Science Quality of Life Prize were announced today. Engineering teams contending for the $25,000 final prize put forward the following innovations:
Celebrating 100 years with 100 honourees; architects, city planners, engineers and nurses recognized for making a difference
Like Oscar night, the stars came out to shine when 100 people received the Dean’s Medal of Distinction created to honour the University of British Columbia and the Faculty of Applied Science’s 100th anniversary. The medals were awarded during Applied Science’s Centennial Celebration, held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on Thursday April 14, 2016.
Students create Eureka Labs
A team of UBC Okanagan students, including Ephraim Nowak, an Electrical Engineering student, is working to help solve the problem of child illiteracy in developing countries.
Autism monitor developed at UBC
The Vancouver Sun featured Awake Labs, a startup founded by Andrea Palmer, UBC Mechanical Engineering (MECH) recent graduate, formed around a device developed at UBC that helps children with autism spectrum disorder.
The device, called Reveal, is an ankle bracelet that transmits information about the wearer’s sweat, heart rate and skin temperature to a smartphone app to warn caregivers when a major anxiety meltdown is developing. This gives them time to intervene with calming routines.
UBCO working on alternative to the shopping cart
Engineering students at UBC Okanagan are developing a movable, secure cart that can help a homeless person manage their possessions, reports The Province.
“Often, [a homeless person] can’t leave [their possessions] at an overnight shelter, and if they have an appointment, or end up at the hospital, they end up leaving all their belongings by the side of the road,” said research engineer Bryn Crawford. “Often, those items will go missing and then they have to start collecting them all over again.”