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Samantha Grist has been awarded the esteemed Killam Doctoral Fellowship by the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Fellowships are awarded every year to the most exceptional doctoral degree candidates at UBC. The fellowships are the University’s most prestigious merit-based graduate award. Samantha is pursuing her doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Karen Cheung and Dr. Lukas Chrostowski in the area of Microsystems and Nanotechnoloy.
Professor Lutz Lampe, Ph.D. student Md. Jahidur Rahman, and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Hamidreza E. Saffar received the Best Paper Award at the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications and Its Applications (ISPLC), which was held in Madrid, Spain, April 2-5.
An NSERC-funded UBC Electrical & Computer Engineering research team led by Dr. John Madden has developed a novel sensor that could facilitate the design of advanced devices like foldable tablets. The sensor is comprised of a conductive gel enveloped in layers of silicone that are able to detect swiping, tapping, and many other kinds of touch even when it is folded. This is a huge breakthrough, as most other devices are only able to detect one kind of touch (such as pressure). It is small (5 cm x 5 cm) and inexpensive to construct.
On March 6th, 2017, Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Dr. Sathish Gopalakrishnan was awarded the Margaret Fulton Award. This award recognizes outstanding individuals who make exceptional contributions to the student experience at UBC, Vancouver, in honour of Margaret Fulton's devotion to education access and student development. Fulton was UBC's Dean of Women and University President of Mount Saint Vincent University.
UBC ECE's Professor Victor C.M. Leung has been awarded the Canadian Society of Information Theory's 2017 Canadian Award for Telecommunications Research. This award is bestowed biennially upon an individual in Canada who is recognized as having made distinguished contributions to research in the field of telecommunications. Dr. Leung is the 14th laureate since the award's establishment in 1990.
UBC Electrical & Computer Engineering faculty member Dr. Tor Aamodt has been selected to receive a Google Faculty Research Award worth $31,153 USD to support his research on system-on-chip architecture modeling for mobile graphics.
UBC Senior Instructor and biomedical engineer Dr. Leo Stocco was recently interviewed in the Vancouver Sun about the future of robotic technology in medicine. While acknowledging that medically-oriented robots have tremendous potential to streamline surgeries and other medical procedures and can provide "a very big beneficial effect to the patient," Stocco does not believe that this technology will ever fully replace doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals.