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.”
Providing a bit of home for those who live on the streets
UBC and community aim to provide secure storage for Kelowna’s homeless
Shopping carts used by Kelowna’s homeless are going high-tech thanks to engineers at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Our Campus: Veronica Knott takes on the world, and BoG
Veronica Knott is a fifth-year Mining Engineering student and one of the three student representatives on the UBC’s Board of Governors. In addition to being elected to the board, she has been involved with many other extracurricular activities, such as being the president of Engineering Undergraduate Society and the chairperson of the National Conference for Women in Engineering.
Civil alumnus establishes bursary in Dean Walter Gage’s honour
Mr. Richard Ott, P.Eng (BASc’57), recently donated $53,000 to establish the Walter Gage Memorial Bursary in Engineering in appreciation of the mentorship and support provided to him by Professor Gage when he was an engineering student.