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Brian Mukeswe: From Kisubi to UBC


One June day in 2012, the six members of a high school robotics club in Uganda were deep in thought. A national technology and innovation competition was coming up, and they needed a cool project to submit.

Idea after idea was shot down, until one of the boys finally made a suggestion that excited all of them: How about a robotic car? Could they make one themselves from scratch?

German-Canadian cooperation: DLR @ UBC

Materials and structures for global mobility

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and The University of British Columbia (UBC) have been working together successfully since September 2016 as part of the DLR@UBC initiative. The partnership is to be expanded and intensified in the coming months. DLR Chairman Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund and the President of UBC Prof. Santa Ono agreed at a meeting in Vancouver on 31 March 2017.

UBC invention uses bacteria to purify water

A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water will be tested next week in West Vancouver prior to being installed in remote communities in Canada and beyond.

The system consists of tanks of fibre membranes that catch and hold contaminants—dirt, organic particles, bacteria and viruses—while letting water filter through. A community of beneficial bacteria, or biofilm, functions as the second line of defence, working in concert to break down pollutants.