Faculty Achievements

November 2, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Keeping You Alive With Tiny Machines

Imagine going through your day completely unaware of tiny machines keeping you alive from the inside. With Dr. Kenichi Takahata’s new research, this could become a widespread reality. Dr. Takahata and colleagues have developed a device that acts as a “smart” variety of the cardiac stent. Unlike the traditional tubes, which are implanted to expand clogged coronary arteries, this stainless-steel machine also has micro-sensors, which can monitor conditions inside the arteries. Acting wirelessly, this device can send indications if the stent is failing.

October 19, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

The Latest Twist on Artificial Muscles

Dr. John Madden and an international team of collaborators have invented new artificial muscles strong enough to rotate objects more than a thousand times their own weight. Yarns composed of carbon nanotubes rotate in a manner similar to flagella of bacteria, elephant trunks, and octopus limbs. Dr. Madden and colleagues' article in the forthcoming issue of Science, entitled, Torsional Carbon Nanotube Artificial Muscles, details this research and its intriguing implications.

September 7, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Dr. Rabab Ward wins CUFA BC Distinguished Academics Award

Dr. Rabab Ward received one of the Distinguished Academics awards presented at the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC on April 27, 2011.  Dr.

August 26, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

IEEE Vancouver Section Centennial Awards

On its 100th Birthday, IEEE Vancouver Section honoured its most influential contributors. Centennial awards distinguished members who have been influential in the development of Canadian technology, keeping the Vancouver Section or the IEEE vibrant and flourishing. The contributions of four Professors with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering were acknowledged.

August 17, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

First Prize Paper Award: IEEE Industrial Applications Society

Fariborz Musavi, Wilson Eberle and William G. Dunford won the First Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Industrial Applications Society Industrial Power Conversion Committee for their paper: A High-Performance Single-Phase Bridgeless Interleaved PFC Converter for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Battery Chargers.

August 8, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Professor Peter Lawrence shares secrets to success upon retirement

“Collaboration is fundamental to success,” says Professor Peter Lawrence proudly. After 37 years in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Lawrence counts faculty from 10 different UBC departments, numerous industry collaborators and thousands of students — both undergrad and graduate — as essential to his success. Driven by his interest in improving the human condition, Lawrence focused his research on the interface — the collaboration, if you will — between humans and machines.

August 3, 2011 | Faculty Achievements, Student Achievements

ECE Team Receives Best Paper Award at Premier Conference in Usable Security

Congratulations to ECE doctoral candidate Pooya Jaferian, first coauthor of "Heuristics for Evaluating IT Security Management Tools," and his co-authors at LERSSE and CA Technologies. This paper was selected as the Best Paper at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), the premier research venue in usable security. 

July 27, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Professor Vijay Bhargava Winner of the 2011 ACCS-CDAC Foundation Award

Professor Vijay Bhargava was announced the winner of the Advanced Computing and Communications Society – Center for Development of Advanced Computing Foundation (ACCS-CDAC) Award for 2011. The ACCS-CDAC Award, instituted in 2004, is presented to those whose outstanding contributions in computing and communications have had significant and demonstrable effects. Vijay Bhargava was awarded this year for the influence he has had on the growth of communications technologies.

July 11, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Professor Dave Michelson Joins Board of Directors at Wavefront

Congratulations to Professor Dave Michelson on his election as the Chair of the Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre's Academic Advisory Board and to a seat on Wavefront's Board of Directors. During his two-year term, Prof. Michelson and his team will help Wavefront develop and execute a strategy for helping universities connect with the wireless industry and commercialize innovative wireless technology developed by their faculty and students.

July 5, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Professor Tim Salcudean Co-Investigator on CIHR Grant

Congratulation to Professor Tim Salcudean who along with Principal Investigator Dr. Piotr Kozlowski of UBC and fellow co-investigators Dr. Silvia Chang, Dr. Larry Goldenberg, Dr. Edward Jones and Dr. Mehdi Moradi on being a awarded a CIHR Operating Grant. Their project titled “Multi-parametric MRI for prostate cancer diagnosis and prognosis” will receive a $627,332 contribution over the next 5 years. Congratulations to all involved.

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