Community engagement

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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BCBusiness recognizes female STEM influencers from APSC

BCBusiness has named several members of the UBC APSC community to its list of “B.C.'s Most Influential Women 2018.” This year, the magazine is featuring women who are making a significant impact in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

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Vancouver engineers build fantastic beasts

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First Nations communities lift water advisories with simple treatment system

For the first time in decades, two remote First Nations communities in Lytton, B.C. have access to safe drinking water – thanks to a point-of-entry treatment system designed by University of British Columbia engineers in collaboration with the communities, industry and government.

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Feds fund UBC Geering Up to give more kids coding powers

Geering Up, a UBC non-profit organization that seeks to stimulate interest in science, engineering and technology among BC children and youth, has received $260,000 under the Canadian government’s CanCode program.

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Designing for a brighter day

Meet Tiffany Quon, a third-year engineering physics student with a passion for design. Learn about some of her projects below! 

Rain activated art

In partnership with the UBC SEEDS Sustainability Program, I created installations on UBC walkways that would only be visible when in contact with water.

My hope is that the designs will brighten up rainy days and encourage a reflection on mental health. My two pieces were inspired by what students would like to see during stressful times.

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Turkey 2k: more than just a couple of turkeys on the run

The Turkey 2k Trot is an integral part of UBC’s Community United Way Campaign. Each October, during the campaign kickoff, “A Week of Caring,” the Faculty of Applied Science organizes a two kilometre race up and down Main Mall to help raise awareness and donations for the United Way in the BC Lower Mainland.

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Engineering graduates bring sustainable carsharing alternative to UBC

Veemos are coming to UBC! An enclosed, electric-assisted, human-powered bicycle that aims to replace automobiles on campus, Veemos are an innovative way to travel sustainably. VeloMetro is launching a Veemo pilot fleet on the UBC campus in fall of 2017.

Applied Science is proud to recognize two of VeloMetro’s founders as graduates.

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Engineering alum initiates fundraiser for wildfire relief

On July 31, 2017, UBC President Santa Ono issued a broadcast email regarding the wildfires that have been devastating British Columbia this summer. According to the Wildfire Service information office, an estimated 894,941 hectares have burned in BC since April 1. So far $315.7 million has been spent fighting the fires and at their peak more than 45,000 British Columbians had been displaced from their homes. It is the worst wildfire season on record in the province.

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UBC Engineering grad works to improve digital literacy in Nepal

In Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, near the Boudhanath Stupa — an immense dome-shaped shrine visited every day by thousands of Buddhists, Nepali people and tourists — sits a modest boarding school called Shree Mangal Dvip.>

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