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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.

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Students create Eureka Labs

A team of UBC Okanagan students, including Ephraim Nowak, an Electrical Engineering student, is working to help solve the problem of child illiteracy in developing countries.

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Autism monitor developed at UBC

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.

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UBCO working on alternative to the shopping cart

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.”

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Providing a bit of home for those who live on the streets

UBC and community aim to provide secure storage for Kelowna’s homeless

Shopping carts used by Kelowna’s homeless are going high-tech thanks to engineers at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

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Our Campus: Veronica Knott takes on the world, and BoG

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.

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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.

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UBC students raise funds to open $5 million engineering student centre

Construction of the centre underway in August 2015.
Construction of the centre underway in August 2015.

The University of British Columbia’s new Engineering Student Centre opened today thanks to $5.2 million in donations from students, alumni and industry.

Half the funding came from student fees, the other half from alumni and donors from industry and the community, including Fluor, Kiewit and UA Local 170 Plumbers and Pipefitters.

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Applied Science students eligible for $25,000 quality of life design prize

In celebration of UBC’s Centennial year, the McEwen Family Charitable Trust has established a $25,000 prize for UBC Applied Science students who develop a product, design or best practice that improves quality of life. The McEwen Family Applied Science Quality of Life Prize is open to all UBC Applied Science undergraduate and masters students in engineering, nursing, architecture and landscape architecture, and community and regional planning.

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S-FRAME makes landmark gift to UBC Engineering

S-FRAME Software Inc. has donated a gift of software to UBC Engineering, comprising 50 network licenses for the Department of Civil Engineering’s computer labs as well as 150 annual student licenses for civil engineering undergraduate and graduate students for a period of five years. This gift is in addition to S-FRAME’s 2013 donation of 60 licenses to UBC Engineering at the Okanagan campus.

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