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Kyle Stewart receives 2018 McEwen teacher award

Kyle Stewart of Georgetown District High School is the recipient of the 2018 McEwen Family Teacher Recognition Award presented by the Faculty of Applied Science. Established by Dr. James McEwen (BASc ’71. PhD ’75), P.Eng., and his family, this award highlights teachers that go above and beyond to ensure the success of their students, both academically and personally. Georgetown District High School will receive $5000 for enrichment activities, programs or development and will be allocated a $5000 scholarship for a current high school student to attend UBC.

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James Baylis, PhD ' 18, Biomedical Engineering

In 2012, I completed my BSc in biophysics at UBC and began graduate studies in biomedical engineering. My thesis project is on developing a drug delivery platform which can increase the transport of topically applied therapeutics into wounds, which could increase patient care in trauma and surgery. Because of the versatility of this drug delivery platform, we have created a spinoff company to commercialize the technology.

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Madie Melcer, BASc '18, Mechanical Engineering

I’ve made my way through five years of mechanical engineering at UBC trying to do as much as possible. I joined UBC Sailbot at the beginning of my first year, helped launch our autonomous sailboat, Ada, across the Atlantic Ocean in August 2016, and then spent my last two years on the team as a mechanical lead. I’ve been a member of the Godiva Band for all five years playing flute and piccolo — and I was in the UBC Concert Winds for my first five semesters.

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Koen Duineveld, BASc '18, Mining Engineering

Why did you choose engineering?

I chose engineering because I enjoy problem solving. Engineering would allow me to solve significant real-world significant problems. Making small improvements in large mining projects means making a significant impact on the overall operation performance. What has made your time at UBC the most memorable? The people I met. Mining engineering at UBC, and the mining industry in general, is a close-knit community that I have thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to.

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Megan Nantel, BASc '18, Engineering Physics

I was born and raised in Vancouver and while part of me wanted to move away for university, I couldn’t be happier with my choice to pursue my undergrad at one of the most beautiful and engaging campuses in the world. While at UBC, I had opportunities to travel abroad to do a co-op term in Germany at the Max Planck Institute, as well as an exchange in Denmark. I participated in the UBC and Western Engineering Competitions, volunteered on the Engineering Physics Student Association, and pursued research in optics and photonics.

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Jacob van der Holt, BASc '18, School of Engineering

I was raised in Nelson BC — a small mountain town with a surprising amount of opportunities for work and recreation. I chose to study at UBCO because Kelowna is a small city with a big city feel, and with its smaller campus and class sizes, there is so much opportunity for research and guidance. It has been an amazing experience studying and living in Kelowna; I have learned from so many amazing professors, and been a part of some very exciting research.

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Gordon Johnston, BASc '18, Civil Engineering

While completing my undergraduate degree, I captained UBC’s varsity field hockey team and was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team. I was simultaneously committed to both my athletic and academic aspirations, and constantly challenged myself to excel at both. My experience playing for the UBC varsity field hockey team helped me grow into a more complete player, and in 2013, I competed in the Junior World Cup. As I completed my second year of civil engineering at UBC, I solidified my position on the varsity team and began to find a balance between hockey and engineering.

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Ephraim Nowak, MASc ’18, Electrical Engineering

Born and raised in the Okanagan, I developed deep roots in the community through volunteerism. Attending UBC’s Okanagan campus seemed like a natural choice for me, as it allowed me to continue developing my community involvement alongside my studies. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2015 and a Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering this year. During my studies, I spent most of my time in the Advanced Control and Intelligent Systems Lab, developing computer vision autopilots for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones.

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Andrew Sheroubi, BASc '18, Chemical and Biological Engineering

The world is in trouble. We have to do something about it.

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Kevin Chen, MEL '18, Urban Systems

I have an insatiable curiosity for knowledge and the innate need to understand the world. Throughout my career in science and engineering, I have always been fascinated with solving complex problems and understanding the implications of technological innovation. After three years of working in civil engineering, I wanted to learn more about the future of infrastructure and enrolled in the Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems.

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