2019 Faculty Awards Reception


On April 23, 2019, members of the UBC Faculty of Applied Science community gathered for the inaugural Faculty Awards Reception.

The event aimed to celebrate not only APSC faculty members who received high-profile awards during the previous year, but also the awardees’ colleagues who had taken the time to nominate them for the awards in the first place.  

Speaking to the gathered crowd, Dean James Olson pointed out that each year, numerous faculty members engage in the nomination process solely to call attention to colleagues’ outstanding work — work that might otherwise have gone under-recognized. These selfless, behind-the-scenes efforts, he said, underlie many APSC successes.

Among the honours received by APSC faculty members over the past year are UBC Killam prizes, fellowships of the Royal Society of Canada and IEEE, the Jeanne Mance Award from the Canadian Nurses Association, and the George W. Housner Medal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

We thank the winners and all nominators for their valuable contributions to the Faculty. This year’s reception featured the following individuals:

Charles Laszlo (Emeritus, EECE) - Honorary Alumni Award, UBC Alumni Association

Charles Haynes (Professor, CHBE) - Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering
Nominated by: Peter Englezos (Head, CHBE)

Colleen Varcoe (Professor, NURS) - McNeill Excellence in Health Mentorship Award, UBC Faculty of Pharmacy
Nominated by: Sally Thorne (Professor, NURS)

Nemy Banthia (Professor, CIVL) - Distinguished Alumnus Award: Technology Innovation Excellence, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology

Karthik Pattabiraman (Assoc Professor, EECE) - UBC Killam Research Prize

Yang Cao (Senior Instructor, SoE) - UBCO Teaching Excellence & Innovation Award
Nominated by: Mina Hoorfar (Professor, SoE)

Richard Kerekes (Emeritus, CHBE) - Inductee, Hall of Fame, Paper Industry International

Helen Brown (Assoc Professor, NURS) - Excellence in Nursing Education Award
Nominated by: Kathy O’Flynn-Magee (Senior Instructor, NURS)

Tom Oxland (Professor, MECH) - Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
Nominated by: Yusif Altintas (Professor, MECH)

Rob Rohling (Professor, EECE/MECH) - Fellow, IEEE

Bernard Laval (Professor, CIVL) - UBC Killam Teaching Prize
Nominated by: Perry Adebar (Head, CIVL) and Nemy Banthia (Professor, CIVL)

Leonora Angeles (Assoc Professor, SCARP) - Civic Merit Award, City of Vancouver

Malcolm Scoble (Professor, MINE) - Distinguished Service Medal, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum

Sally Thorne (Professor, NURS) - Jeanne Mance Award, Canadian Nurses Association
Nominated by: Colleen Varcoe (Professor, NURS)

Matei Ripeanu (Professor, EECE) - UBC Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Nominated by: Sathish Gopalakrishnan (Assoc Professor, EECE)

Kees Lokman (Asst Professor, SALA) - Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Practice,
Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
Nominated by: Ron Kellett (Director, SALA), Cynthia Girling (Professor, SALA) and Stephen Sheppard (Adjunct, SALA)

Edouard Asselin (Professor, MTRL) - W. Lash Miller Award, The Electrochemical Society
Nominated by: Rebecca Schaller (Asst Professor, MTRL)

Shahab Sokhansanj (Adjunct, CHBE) - Inaugural Arun S. Mujumdar Medal in Drying Science at the 21st International Drying Symposium
Nominated by: Fahimeh Yazdanpanah (Research Associate, CHBE)

Nemy Banthia (Professor, CIVL) - Global Citizenship Award, UBC Alumni Association

Karthik Pattabiraman (Assoc Professor, EECE) - UBC Killam Teaching Prize
Nominated by: Steve Wilton (Head, EECE), Vijay Bhargava (Professor, EECE) and Andre Ivanov (Professor, EECE)

Victoria Bungay (Assoc Director, NURS) - Excellence in Advancing Nursing Knowledge & Research Award
Nominated by: Colleen Varcoe (Professor, NURS)

Bill Pechet (Lecturer in Practice, SALA) - Creative Achievement Award of Distinction, BC Achievement Foundation

Heather Trajano (Assoc Professor, CHBE) - UBC Killam Research Fellowship
Nominated by: Peter Englezos (Head, CHBE)

Liam Finn (Emeritus, CIVL) - George W. Housner Medal, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

Jane Wang (Professor, EECE) - Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering
Nominated by: Rabab Ward (Emeritus, EECE)

Malcolm Scoble (Professor, MINE) - Inductee, Hall of Fame, International Mining Technology

Leonie Sandercock (Professor, SCARP) - Best BC Film Award & Best Canadian Film Award, Vancouver International Film Festival

Cathy Ebbehoj (Honorary Lecturer, NURS) - Alumni Builder Award, UBC Alumni Association

Dharma Wijiwickreme (Professor, CIVL) - Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada

Matei Ripeanu (Professor, EECE) - UBC Killam Research Fellowship

David Wilkinson (Assoc Head, CHBE) - UBC Killam Research Prize
Nominated by: Peter Englezos (Head, CHBE)

Shahria Alam (Assoc Professor, SoE) - UBCO Research of the Year Award
Nominated by: Rehan Sadiq (Assoc Dean, SoE)

Sheryl Staub-French (Professor, CIVL) - D.C. Lambert Professional Service Award, Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

Colleen Varcoe (Professor, NURS) - UBC Killam Research Prize
Nominated by: Elizabeth Saewyc (Director, NURS) and John Oliffe (Assoc Director, NURS)


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