Applied Science sends a huge congratulations to the Great Hatch for another successful event!
Five UBC engineering professors have been awarded a total of approximately $2.5 million in Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
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:
Mangrove Water Technologies, a new UBC spin-off company, will receive up to $3 million to help commercialize a technology developed at UBC that simultaneously converts carbon dioxide and saline wastewater into value-added chemicals and reusable water. Its economic and environmental impacts could be considerable.
On February 15, 2017, UBC announced eleven new Distinguished University Scholars, an award that recognizes exceptional members of faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars in research and/or teaching and learning. UBC mechanical engineering professor Yusuf Altintas, P.Eng., is among those named.
A UBC graduate has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional honours an engineer can receive.
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.
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.
Robert Rohling, a professor with a joint appointment in electrical and computer and mechanical engineering, has accepted a five-year term as director of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) effective January 1, 2017.