Student experience

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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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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