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.

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.

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.