Ignite funding awarded to innovative BC research


On February 8, 2017, the BC Innovation Council announced the second round of Ignite Awards funding for the commercialization of ground-breaking BC research. A total of $873,475 was awarded amongst three BC research projects in natural resources and applied sciences, bringing the total amount of BCIC Ignite funding awarded to over $1.7M since 2016.

Two of the three projects are co-developed by UBC Engineering professors:

UBC prof wins NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation


Guy Dumont, PEng, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an investigator at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, has received an NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation in the category of small- and medium-sized companies. Valued at $200,000, the award recognizes superior university-industry partnerships in natural sciences and engineering research and development. Dumont previously won the Synergy Award in 1999 and 2002.

Alumni drone start up announces $1.5 million in funding


Alexander Harmsen (BASc '15 Engineering Physics) and co-founder James Howard (BASc ’15 Mechanical Engineering) launched their start up, Iris Automation, in October 2015. The company specializes in autonomous drone software and collision avoidance systems that have the potential to create immeasurable applications for creating safer skies in Canada and around the world.