APSC

Staff and faculty recognized for service to APSC

Three staff members and three faculty members in the UBC Faculty of Applied Science have received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service. The award, which comes with $2,000 and a personalized plaque, aims to recognize the positive impact that individuals in the APSC community have made on the faculty.

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Retsepile Sello, BASc '18, Mining Engineering

My name is Retsepile Sello. I am a MasterCard Foundation Scholar from Lesotho. In my four years of UBC Engineering, I found connections by sharing my unique stories with fellow students, professors and colleagues. As part of discovering my role in mining, I completed two memorable internships with metallurgical and gold mining companies in South Africa. I also designed a program that aims to minimize fatal accidents in underground mines.

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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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Vancouver to ban businesses offering conversion therapy

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Tanveer Singh Bhandal, BASc '18, Civil Engineering

Tanveer graduated from the UBC Civil Engineering program with a minor in commerce. During his time at UBC, Tanveer completed engineering work terms in both the public and private sector. He began his work experience with the City of Vancouver where he developed transportation analysis software to help improve decision making processes and public engagement and has also worked in a project management role at Metro Vancouver, overseeing the scheduling and commissioning of water supply infrastructure.

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Skye Maitland, BSN '18, School of Nursing

Skye graduated from UBC with a degree in First Nations Studies (now called First Nations and Indigenous Studies housed under the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies) in 2014. Her studies emerged out of a determination to build a stronger understanding of the histories and contemporary realities of Indigenous/Non-Indigenous relationships, in order to responsibly participate in movements for socio-political justice across Canada. In 2016, Skye pursued a degree in nursing inspired by a particular interest in end-of-life care.

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Hannah Turner, BSN '18, School of Nursing

I grew up just north of Edmonton, Alberta completing my BSc in biology and Spanish language at the University of Alberta in 2014. After completing my degree I worked as an admitting and bed management clerk before moving to Vancouver in 2016 to pursue my BSN at UBC. When listening to stories from the nurses in my family, as well as my own personal experiences early in the nursing program, I became aware of how important support is in the clinical setting for both new and experienced nurses.

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Athanasios (Thanos) Kritharis, BASc '18, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Thanos originally entered chemical engineering after taking a biology course in his second year of an arts degree. From that point he became heavily involved in extra-curricular activities, running the Chem-E-Car design team for three years and engaging in numerous competitions ranging from medical devices to sustainable energy. In his final years of studies, he co-founded the entrepreneurship program Innovation OnBoard as a result of a failed start-up from the year before.

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Angelica Reyes, MASc '18, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Angelica Reyes is a master’s student in the Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) department under the supervision of Dr. Curtis P. Berlinguette. She is passionate about driving the global transition to sustainable energy. Her research focuses on carbon dioxide conversion into useful fuels using renewable electricity. She is working in a multi-disciplinary laboratory to further understand these reactor systems with the end goal of technology commercialization.

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How energy-efficient new homes can lead to increased carbon emissions

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