Research excellence

Four UBC profs inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering


Four UBC professors — Perry Adebar, PEng (Civil Engineering), Choon (Jim) Lim, PEng (Chemical and Biological Engineering), James Olson, PEng (Mechanical Engineering) and Marc Parlange, PEng (Civil Engineering) — have been inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of their "distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession."

Marcus Cheung, MASc '17, Biomedical Engineering

I began my undergraduate studies in electrical engineering at UBC in 2010. While completing my degree, I served as the Chair in Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in the UBC IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) student branch to expose students to both engineering and medicine. I was also the treasurer in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Society. Furthermore, I was a member of the Biomedical Engineering Student Team (BEST) and helped develop a mesh network-based electronic medical record system for the Ebola epidemic in Africa.

Jannicke Pearkes, BASc '17, Engineering Physics

My name is Jannicke Pearkes and I am graduating from Engineering Physics this year. While at UBC I have primarily pursued research in particle and nuclear physics. My research has taken me from the very hands on — quite literally assembling nuclear physics experiments, to the slightly more abstract — working on high speed electronics for various experiments, to the even more abstract — developing algorithms to better identify particles.

Gyan Chhipi Shrestha, PhD '17, School of Engineering

Gyan Chhipi Shrestha completed his PhD from the School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus — he has a cross-disciplinary academic background in engineering, environmental science and sociology. He received a BASc and MASc in environmental science as the gold medalist from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and received an MA in sociology from the same university. His PhD research was on urban water management. He is a recipient of NSERC’s Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (doctoral), as well as the NSERC postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) award.

Ramy Hussein, PhD '17, Electrical and Computer Engineering

I am a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UBC. My research focuses on the early detection and prediction of epileptic seizure. In 2017, I was awarded the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the UBC Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship for the leadership and organizational role I took at UBC’s Let’s Talk Science (LTS) and Research Experience (REX) programs. I completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc.

Zhaoyang Yuan, PhD '17, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Zhaoyang Yuan received his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Applied Science degrees in Pulp and Paper Engineering from Tianjin University of Science and Technology in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He has finished his PhD at UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering, and his PhD work was focused on developing bamboo as an alternative sustainable feedstock for the production of kraft pulp, dissolving grade pulp and ethanol in a green and eco-friendly scheme.

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?