2016 Turkey 2K Trot: the race to beat the dean!


Each year, the UBC Community United Way Campaign kicks off with the Week of Caring – a week filled with events and fundraisers designed to raise money and awareness for programs that help children, families and seniors in need in the BC Lower Mainland. The Applied Science Turkey 2K Trot has become a much-anticipated staple in this annual campaign and each year, the competition gets more fierce as competitors vie to be the top male and female runners and for the coveted achievement of being able to beat the dean.

Takhti, a stand-alone server, wins $25,000 McEwen Family Quality of Life Prize

Takhti, a long range wireless networking solution for developing communities, was recognized as having the potential to dramatically improve quality of life. Saadan Sulehri, fourth-year electrical engineering student and his non-profit organization - LET’S International Charitable Association, will apply the $25,000 McEwen Family Applied Science Quality of Life Prize to bring the innovation forward.

Celebrating 100 years with 100 honourees; architects, city planners, engineers and nurses recognized for making a difference

Like Oscar night, the stars came out to shine when 100 people received the Dean’s Medal of Distinction created to honour the University of British Columbia and the Faculty of Applied Science’s 100th anniversary. The medals were awarded during Applied Science’s Centennial Celebration, held at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on Thursday April 14, 2016.

MECH graduate develops device to help children with autism

The Vancouver Sun featured Awake Labs, a startup founded by Andrea Palmer, UBC Mechanical Engineering (MECH) recent graduate, formed around a device developed at UBC that helps children with autism spectrum disorder.

The device, called Reveal, is an ankle bracelet that transmits information about the wearer’s sweat, heart rate and skin temperature to a smartphone app to warn caregivers when a major anxiety meltdown is developing. This gives them time to intervene with calming routines.

UBCO Engineering students design storage unit for the homeless

Engineering students at UBC Okanagan are developing a movable, secure cart that can help a homeless person manage their possessions, reports The Province.

“Often, [a homeless person] can’t leave [their possessions] at an overnight shelter, and if they have an appointment, or end up at the hospital, they end up leaving all their belongings by the side of the road,” said research engineer Bryn Crawford. “Often, those items will go missing and then they have to start collecting them all over again.”

Fifth-year Mining Engineering student talks about her involvement with UBC

Veronica Knott is a fifth-year Mining Engineering student and one of the three student representatives on the UBC’s Board of Governors. In addition to being elected to the board, she has been involved with many other extracurricular activities, such as being the president of Engineering Undergraduate Society and the chairperson of the National Conference for Women in Engineering.

UBC Engineering alum helps design a world of hope in Uganda

Using his skills and knowledge acquired from UBC Engineering, recent graduate Willy Wu (BASc ’15 CIVL) joined a team of architects and engineers from around the world to build a new orphanage of Uganda. As part of Engineering Ministries International (eMi) Canada, Wu contributed to the planning and design of a Chayah Ministries children’s home which is currently at capacity.