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."

Mike Hsiao, BASc '17, Electrical Engineering

My name is Mike and I recently graduated from UBC with a BASc in electrical engineering. Currently, I am the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Race Force, a volunteer-run non-profit that supports many of the major charitable sporting events in Vancouver and beyond. To date, our organization has helped over 150 events and these events have raised over $50 million for over hundreds of charities in the last 12 years since its inception. I am also an ambassador for the BMO Vancouver Marathon and the Vancouver International Marathon Society.

Armin Rezaiean-Asel, BASc '17, Computer Engineering

Armin is a graduating computer engineering student with a passion for technology, business, and public policy. Throughout this degree, he’s been involved on campus with the Engineering Undergraduate Society, Alma Mater Society, UBC Vancouver Senate, Place Vanier Residence Association and various UBC clubs. Outside of UBC, he’s been involved with the organization of TEDxKids@BC and helped develop and grow Project HELLO, an initiative that aims to reconnect homeless individuals with lost loved ones.

Computer engineering student honoured with Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation award

Jessica Hohner, a computer engineering student in the software option entering her fourth year, was honoured with the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) Undergraduate Engineering Ambassador Award in British Columbia last week. The award grants $5,000 to a self-identifying woman studying undergraduate engineering in an accredited Canadian program who has demonstrated leadership in their community and actively reaches out and mentors other young women interested in engineering.

Applied Science members win Engineers Canada awards


Engineers Canada has awarded two of its eight national awards for 2017 to members of the UBC Faculty of Applied Science.

Veronica Knott (BASc ‘18), a mining engineering student, has received the Gold Medal Student Award for her contributions to the engineering student community, the engineering profession and Canadian society. In addition to demonstrating professionalism and a strong social conscience, awardees must exhibit exceptional leadership and communication skills and otherwise serve as a strong role model for their peers.

David Goertsen, BASc '17, Chemical and Biological Engineering

David Goertsen has consistently shown a dedication to engineering advancement through his leadership in student teams and his research in multiple labs on campus. His academic excellence is reflected by being among the top academic students in Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE), where he won the Dean’s Award, along with his capstone design team for the best Biological Engineering design project. He held a leadership role with the UBC International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team in his last year of undergrad after being a team member in previous years.

Zhaoyang Yuan, PhD '17, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Zhaoyang Yuan received his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Applied Science degrees in Pulp and Paper Engineering from Tianjin University of Science and Technology in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He has finished his PhD at UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering, and his PhD work was focused on developing bamboo as an alternative sustainable feedstock for the production of kraft pulp, dissolving grade pulp and ethanol in a green and eco-friendly scheme.

Julia Lenton, BASc '17, School of Engineering

Entering my degree, I wanted to pursue not only academic achievements, but also extracurricular goals. A big part of realizing these goals was volunteering through the peer mentorship program, where I supported over 45 first year engineering students in their transition into university life. Being a peer mentor was a dynamic role because I could apply diverse life skills such as leadership and teamwork, both of which resonated in my other extracurricular activities, such as the UBCO Aero Club.