Four UBC profs inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering


Four UBC professors — Perry Adebar, PEng (Civil Engineering), Choon (Jim) Lim, PEng (Chemical and Biological Engineering), James Olson, PEng (Mechanical Engineering) and Marc Parlange, PEng (Civil Engineering) — have been inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of their "distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession."

Maryam Koochek, BSN '17, Nursing

My name is Maryam. I am a newly graduated nurse from the UBC School of Nursing. I came to the school of nursing in pursuit of finding a place within the discipline where I could see myself contributing to client health and welfare.  It took a while, but I found my place in community nursing.   Finding community nursing was like a gift for me; and from that initial opportunity, I made the decision to engage as much as possible. Through working at the Dr.

Marcus Cheung, MASc '17, Biomedical Engineering

I began my undergraduate studies in electrical engineering at UBC in 2010. While completing my degree, I served as the Chair in Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in the UBC IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) student branch to expose students to both engineering and medicine. I was also the treasurer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Society. Furthermore, I was a member of the Biomedical Engineering Student Team (BEST) and helped develop a mesh network-based electronic medical record system for the Ebola epidemic in Africa.

Tahsina Mahmud, MUD '17, Urban Design

I grew up in the bustling city of Dhaka in Bangladesh. The city and the lives of people has been a major influence for me from the beginning of my design education. I am blessed with a wonderful family that supported me to complete my bachelor’s degree in architecture from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. After graduation I worked in the design industry of Bangladesh for two years, dealing with issues of architecture and sustainability, and finally had the motivation to return to school in 2016 when I was accepted to UBC.

Mark Bancroft, BASc '17, Geological Engineering

Moving around as a child taught me the importance of having strong communities to help you grow and develop. I have spent my time at UBC aiming to develop these communities, to inspire and motivate future generations of UBC Engineers. I served as the EUS VP Academic for two years, where I worked on improving the student academic experience through raising student issues and lobbying for functional changes to Applied Science’s Engineering Student Services and co-op programs.

Blago Hirstovski, BASc '17, School of Engineering

UBC’s Okanagan campus may seem small but there is no short of amazing opportunity. I chose to attend UBCO because of this very reason, especially after growing up in Kelowna. At UBCO, I co-founded the UBCO Aero Club where we began designing and building our own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), hosting aerospace industry events, and running student-learning workshops. This also complemented my Capstone Design Project, where my team and I won first place by modifying a novel UAV to extend its range for search-and-rescue operations.

Jannicke Pearkes, BASc '17, Engineering Physics

My name is Jannicke Pearkes and I am graduating from Engineering Physics this year. While at UBC I have primarily pursued research in particle and nuclear physics. My research has taken me from the very hands on — quite literally assembling nuclear physics experiments, to the slightly more abstract — working on high speed electronics for various experiments, to the even more abstract — developing algorithms to better identify particles.