Student experience

Arpan Kandola, BASc '19, School of Engineering

Arpan Kandola was born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia. He is a civil engineering graduate with a passion for tech, philanthropy and entrepreneurship. From a career-ending ACL injury that halted his journey as a competitive athlete to losing his father in 2017, Arpan has worked hard in the face of adversity to complete his degree and excel academically despite the many setbacks faced in the process. He is excited to take on the next chapter in life and encourage prospective students to study engineering.

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Edward Wang, BASc '19, Chemical and Biological Engineering

When I came to UBC Engineering in 2014, I knew little about what engineering is and what engineers do. In the five years since, I’ve had many opportunities to learn about the discipline, and I am very happy with my choice.

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UBC team's fuel-efficient car takes 2nd place at California competition

A similar story appeared in Castanet.

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Meet Alexander Harmsen, B.A.Sc. '16, Engineering Physics

What has made your time at UBC the most memorable?

Being one of the first people on UBC Orbit, a Satellite Design team, joining the UBC Cryogenics and Life Extension Club, going on exchange to the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, traveling across the country with a drone strapped to our van, starting up UBC Unmanned Aircraft Systems and being President of Engineers Without Borders. But, most of all, just getting to meet so many other awesome people and making so many memories!

Why did you choose Engineering?

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APSC hosts first Paper Airplane Workshop and Challenge

Last Friday, APSC hosted its first Paper Airplane Workshop and Challenge — and it was a soaring success!

Attendees were first treated to four brief but fascinating talks: Dean James Olson on the history and properties of paper; Pete Ostafichuk on paper airplane — or, to be more precise, paper glider — aerodynamics; Rajeev Jaiman on bio-inspired flight; and Nicholas Hui, captain of the UBC AeroDesign team, on the key differences between designing full-sized wooden, and paper aircraft.

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All-female team from UBC wins mine rescue competition

The clip starts at the 22:10 mark

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From adversity to innovation

In the summer of 2017, Michael Ko received some heartbreaking news. His older brother, Daniel, who has muscular dystrophy (MD), had gone into cardiac arrest. After he was rushed to the hospital and stabilized in the ER, Daniel spent four months in intensive care, slowly recovering from the ordeal. But it left him bedridden and with impaired speech due to a tracheostomy. 

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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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