Student experience

Why grease can be great: Chemical engineering graduate helps put waste oil to good use

Whether it’s French fries on the menu or an entire deep-fried turkey, disposing of used cooking oil can be a headache. Only a small amount of it can be composted, and dumping the rest down the drain can result in blocked pipes. For university food services departments tasked with preparing food for thousands of students, the challenge of disposing used cooking oil is exponential.

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Five UBC students awarded prestigious Women in Technology Scholarships

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MECH Machine Shop team receives 2018 President’s Staff Award

Roland Genshorek, Bernhard Nimmervoll and Erik Wilson — the UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering (MECH) Student Machine Shop team — have collectively received a President’s Staff Award for “enhancing the UBC experience.”  

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Retsepile Sello, BASc '18, Mining Engineering

My name is Retsepile Sello. I am a MasterCard Foundation Scholar from Lesotho. In my four years of UBC Engineering, I found connections by sharing my unique stories with fellow students, professors and colleagues. As part of discovering my role in mining, I completed two memorable internships with metallurgical and gold mining companies in South Africa. I also designed a program that aims to minimize fatal accidents in underground mines.

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New School of Biomedical Engineering holds launch symposium

Last Thursday, over 300 people gathered at the University of British Columbia’s Life Sciences Centre to celebrate the opening of the university’s new School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME), a partnership between the UBC faculties of applied science and medicine. Packed with engaging talks, lively panel discussions and informative poster presentations featuring BME student research, the event provided a glimpse into the exciting world of biomedical engineering and outlined the SBME’s vision for its role within it.

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Anas Issa, PhD '18, School of Engineering

Anas Issa is a PhD candidate who joined the School of Engineering at UBC Okanagan in January 2016. For the last two years, he has been extensively involved in research related to the development of self-centering bracing systems, smart materials and their structural applications, vulnerability assessment of buildings, and seismic rehabilitation techniques. His research is focused on the development of innovative spring and piston based self-centering bracing systems for enhanced dynamic performance of buildings.

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Amira Badreldin, BASc '18, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Amira is a graduating electrical engineering student who has been actively involved in the UBC Community through Engineers Without Borders, the Biomedical Engineering Student Design team and has been a member of UBC Women in Engineering both as a committee chair and as a committee member. Her desire to create a more diverse and welcoming workplace for all engineers is evident not only in her participation in clubs that do so, but in her interactions with other students.

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Amir Reza Meysami Fard, BASc '18, Chemical and Biological Engineering

My journey in bioengineering began in the summer of 2014: in my first-year bio class, I realized I had a passion for biotechnology. I followed up on an idea I had in that class with Dr. Vikram Yadav, and that led to my first co-op job at Dr. Piret’s lab working on 3D cultures. After my co-op, I was even more enthusiastic and passionate about biotechnology, so I joined UBC BIOMOD (Biomolecular Design). In 2017, I started my second co-op at STEMCELL Technologies with the bioengineering group and I also became the captain of UBC BIOMOD.

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Shayna Slobin, BASc '18, Integrated Engineering

My time at UBC has been characterized by the people I've encountered along the way: the strong and supportive women I played with on the Varsity Rugby team, my passionate and driven classmates in Integrated Engineering, and the determined allies I've worked with as the Chair of Professional Development for Women in Engineering. To me, this degree has not been about my successes (and failures), but about joining the communities around this school that have welcomed me enthusiastically and helped me grow.

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Diana Nino, BASc '18, Mechanical Engineering

I am a proud mechanical engineer graduate who has always been interested in creating change and helping others. Throughout my education, I have been involved with the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Club (Club Mech) as the newsletter editor, vice-president and president (2017-2018), where I found amazing friendships and a passion for promoting unity within our student community.

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