UBC Engineering awarded nearly $10M in NSERC funding

NSERC

UBC Engineering researchers have received a total of almost $10 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

 

Faculty members were collectively awarded about $750,000 in Research Tools and Instruments Grants, which support those in need of research tools and instruments, and approximately $7.6 million from NSERC’s Discovery Grants Program, which intends to foster research excellence and contribute to the training of highly qualified personnel by providing operating funds for long-term research programs.

 

Five researchers also received Discovery Accelerator Supplements, valued at $120,000 over three years, which “[aim] to provide substantial and timely additional resources to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of outstanding research programs.”

 

In addition, 13 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows received close to $1 million in scholarships and fellowships.

 

The following is a full list of UBC Engineering awardees:

 

NSERC RESEARCH GRANTS

RGPIN: Discovery Grants Program – Individual

RTI: Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program

 

Applicant Name

Program

Title

Term

Amount Awarded in First Year of Award

Asselin, Edouard -
Materials Engineering

RGPIN

Advances at the Sulphide Mineral/Solution Interface: Improved Metal Extraction and Energy Storage

5

$37,000.00

Bacca, Mattia - Mechanical Engineering

RGPIN

Advanced bio-inspired adhesive materials

5

$23,000.00

Bi, Xiaotao -
Chemical and Biological Engineering 

RGPIN

Novel fluidized bed reactors for thermo-catalytic conversion of biomass residues to bioenergy, biofuels and biochemicals

5

$37,000.00

Cheng, Julian -
Okanagan - Engineering, School of 

RGPIN

Wireless Fronthauling Technologies for Future Generation Wireless Networks

5

$47,000.00

Chiao, Mu -
Mechanical Engineering 

RGPIN

Development of a lab-on-a-chip platform device for multimodal stimulation of cells

5

$37,000.00

Cockcroft, Steven -
Materials Engineering 

RGPIN

Dissolution Kinetics of Inclusions in Titanium Alloys

5

$24,000.00

Cretu, Edmond -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Advanced Microsystems through alternative microfabrication processes

5

$24,000.00

Cripton, Peter -
Mechanical Engineering

RGPIN

Design and Construction of an Omni-directional Biofidelic Three-dimensional Surrogate Neck for Helmet and Automotive Crash Testing

5

$44,000.00

Croft, Elizabeth -
Mechanical Engineering 

RGPIN

Human Robot Workflow – Modelling and Control of Collaborative Tasks

5

$25,000.00

de Silva, Clarence -
Mechanical Engineering

RGPIN

Dynamic and Self-adaptive Multi-agent Network for Optimal Operation of Engineering Processes

5

$31,000.00

Dreisinger, David -
Materials Engineering 

RGPIN

The Extraction, Separation and Recovery of Metals and Contaminants Using Hydrometallurgical Technologies

5

$47,000.00

Dunford, William -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

DC Systems

5

$24,000.00

Ellis, Naoko -
Chemical and Biological Engineering 

RGPIN

Chemical looping systems towards a low carbon future

5

$24,000.00

Fedorova, Alexandra -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Performance comprehension of production software

5

$50,000.00

Fels, Sidney -
Applied Science, Faculty of

RTI

High fidelity 3D Scanner for Human and Object Modelling and Manipulation

1

$44,576.00

Frostad, John -
Chemical and Biological Engineering 

RGPIN

Interfacial Rheology and Encapsulation Techniques for the Development of Functional Foods

5

$24,000.00

Ghoreishi Madiseh, Seyed Ali -
Mining Engineering 

RGPIN

Development of innovative mine energy systems

5

$22,000.00

Gopalakrishnan, Sathish -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Developing Mixed-Criticality Real-Time Systems: Analysis Methods and Tools

5

$26,000.00

Gopaluni, Bhushan -
Chemical and Biological Engineering

RGPIN

Towards Self Driving Processes: Leveraging the Data Revolution

5

$33,000.00

Grace, John -
Chemical and Biological Engineering 

RGPIN

Wrapping up 50 years of fluidization and multiphase system fundamental and applied research

5

$33,000.00

Holzman, Jonathan -
Okanagan - Engineering, School of 

RGPIN

Photonic Technologies for Terahertz Wireless Communication Systems

5

$37,000.00

Jatskevich, Juri -
Electrical and Computer Engineering

RTI

Hardware-In-the-Loop Simulator for Integrated AC-DC Energy Systems of Buildings and Communities

1

$148,896.00

Jelovica, Jasmin -
Mechanical Engineering 

RGPIN

Failure of steel sandwich structures in compression: Modelling and testing

5

$23,000.00

Kirchen, Patrick -
Mechanical Engineering

RTI

Engine Dynamometer System for Dynamic Engine Investigations

1

$149,986.00

Ko, Frank -
Materials Engineering 

RGPIN

Valorization of lignin through an Understanding of the Structure and Properties of Lignin-based Carbon Nanofibres

1

$24,000.00

Kruchten, Philippe -
Electrical and Computer Engineering

RGPIN

Managing technical debt in software-intensive systems

5

$20,000.00

Liu, Jian -
Okanagan - Engineering, School of

RGPIN

Materials Design and Mechanism Understanding of Electrodes for Next-Generation Batteries

5

$29,000.00

Liu, Zheng -
Okanagan - Engineering, School of 

RGPIN

Towards proactive maintenance of buried infrastructure with cloud-based sensing and predictive analytics

5

$21,000.00

Maijer, Daan -
Materials Engineering 

RGPIN

Shrinkage-related Casting Defects in Light Metal Alloys

5

$24,000.00

Michelson, David -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Wireless Channel Sounding using Distributed and Synthetic Arrays

5

$33,000.00

Mirabbasi, Shahriar -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Architectures and Integrated Circuits for Power-Efficient Communication Systems and Beyond

5

$58,000.00

Nagamune, Ryozo -
Mechanical Engineering 

RGPIN

Advanced Control of Offshore Semi-submersible Wind Turbines

5

$37,000.00

Najjaran, Homayoun -
Okanagan - Engineering, School of 

RGPIN

Safe and Robust Autonomous Vehicle Technology

5

$31,000.00

Nojeh, Alireza -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Strong Heat Localization in Nanomaterials for Vacuum Nanoelectronics

5

$37,000.00

O'Leary, Stephen -
Okanagan - Engineering, School of 

RGPIN

Semiconductor Materials for Future Device Applications: Materials Issues and Device Implications

5

$28,000.00

Olson, James -
Mechanical Engineering

RTI

Advanced Biomaterial Product Development Platform

1

$135,800.00

Pawlik, Marek -
Mining Engineering 

RGPIN

Effect of polymers on compressive rheology of inter-particle structures in mineral processing systems.

5

$24,000.00

Roberts, Deborah -
Okanagan - Engineering, School of

RGPIN

Sustainable biological solutions for treatment of industrial wastewaters

5

$24,000.00

Rteil, Ahmad -
Okanagan - Engineering, School of 

RGPIN

Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Mortar (FRCM) for Structural Strengthening and Seismic Retrofit

5

$21,000.00

Rubin, Julia -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Software of Things: Composition and Integration

5

$23,000.00

Sediako, Dimitry -
Okanagan - Engineering, School of 

RGPIN

Development and characterization of lightweight alloys for next-generation automotive engines

5

$28,000.00

Servati, Peyman -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Nature inspired, environment friendly fibrous flexible electronics and photonics

5

$47,000.00

Shekhar, Sudip -
Electrical and Computer Engineering

RTI

Test Infrastructure for Next-Generation (5G) Wireless Communication and Internet of Things

1

$142,599.00

Sinclair, Chad -
Materials Engineering 

RGPIN

Putting Atoms Where they are Needed: Segregation for Property Control in Structural Alloys

5

$37,000.00

Tafaghodi Khajavi, Leili -
Materials Engineering 

RGPIN

Fundamentals of Metallurgical Refining of Silicon

5

$24,000.00

Tang, Shuo -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Point-of-Care Photonic Devices for Cancer Detection

5

$24,000.00

Walus, Konrad -
Electrical and Computer Engineering

RTI

Lab-on-a-Printer (LOP) Platform Technology for 4D Printing and Bioprinting

1

$132,455.00

Wang, Liwei -
Okanagan - Engineering, School of 

RGPIN

High-power voltage-source converter topologies, modeling, and analysis framework for future AC-DC supergrids

5

$24,000.00

Wang, Rizhi -
Materials Engineering 

RGPIN

Processing of calcium phosphate – functional peptide composites for orthopaedic applications

5

$33,000.00

Wang, Z. Jane -
Electrical and Computer Engineering

RGPIN

Sparse Signal Processing and Modeling of High Dimensional Spatio-Temporal Data

5

$58,000.00

Wijewickreme, K. Dharmapriya -
Civil Engineering 

RGPIN

Characterization of the mechanical response of fine-grained soils for earthquake engineering practice

5

$34,000.00

Wilton, Steven -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Bringing Field-Programmable Gate Arrays to the Masses: Towards a Design Eco-System

5

$58,000.00

Wong, Vincent -
Electrical and Computer Engineering 

RGPIN

Toward Energy-Efficient and Ultra-Low Latency Wireless Networks: 5G and Beyond

5

$47,000.00

Xia, Guangrui -
Applied Science, Faculty of 

RGPIN

Germanium for next generation photonic and microelectronic devices

5

$24,000.00

 

NSERC DISCOVERY ACCELERATOR SUPPLEMENTS ($120,000 over three years)

 

Researcher

Research Title

Asselin, Edouard

Advances at the Sulphide Mineral/Solution Interface: Improved Metal Extraction and Energy Storage

Fedorova, Alexandra

Performance comprehension of production software

Nojeh, Alireza

Strong Heat Localization in Nanomaterials for Vacuum Nanoelectronics

Servati, Peyman

Nature inspired, environment friendly fibrous flexible electronics and photonics

Wang, Z. Jane

Sparse Signal Processing and Modeling of High Dimensional Spatio-Temporal Data

 

NSERC GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS

PGS D2 ($21,000/yr): two-year scholarship tenable during the first five years of doctoral studies

CGS D3 ($35,000/yr)/PGS D3 ($21,000/yr): three-year scholarship tenable during the first five years of doctoral studies

PDF ($45,000/yr): two-year postdoctoral fellowship

 

Program

Name

Current
University

Department

Proposed Location
of Tenure
(?=not yet decided)

Discipline

CGS D3

Feng, Haibo

British Columbia

Okanagan - Engineering, School of

British Columbia

Civil Engineering

CGS D3

Robb, Daniel

British Columbia

Civil Engineering

British Columbia

Environmental Engineering

PDF

Born, Brandon

British Columbia

Okanagan - Engineering, School of

University of Sydney

Photonic devices and networks

PDF

Chhipi Shrestha, Gyan

British Columbia

Civil Engineering

Laval

Civil Engineering

PDF

Cove, Samuel Robert

British Columbia

Electrical and Computer Engineering

?

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

PDF

Wang, Yun

British Columbia

Electrical and Computer Engineering

McGill

Photonic devices and networks

PDF

Yousefzadeh, Behrooz

British Columbia

Mechanical Engineering

?

Mechanical Engineering

PGS D2

Abbott, Timothy

British Columbia

Okanagan - Engineering, School of

British Columbia

Environmental Engineering

PGS D2

Aljalai, Abdelmalik

British Columbia

Electrical and Computer Engineering

British Columbia

Communications networks

PGS D2

Fairhurst, Michael

British Columbia

Civil Engineering

British Columbia

Structural Engineering

PGS D2

Sharkia, Ahmad

British Columbia

Electrical and Computer Engineering

British Columbia

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

PGS D3

Du, Xuan

British Columbia

Okanagan - Engineering, School of

British Columbia

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

PGS D3

Sallinen, Scott

British Columbia

Electrical and Computer Engineering

?

Software and development