Faculty Achievements

December 7, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

2.8 Million Dollar Grant to Improve the Health of Bangladeshi Mothers and Children

A $2.8-million grant has been awarded to an interdisciplinary team of researchers from UBC’s, Child & Family Research Institute and BC Children’s Hospital. The Canadian International Development Agency grant will help researchers to improve the survival rate of Bangladeshi mothers, newborns, and young children. The team aims to do this through the prevention of sepsis. Sepsis is a severe illness in which bacteria cause a blood infection, which can be fatal. Those who survive often continue to suffer, and many die from complications after leaving the hospital.

November 22, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Dr. Robert Schober Awarded Prestigious Humboldt Professorship

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Schober, who was awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. This is Germany’s highest-endowed international research award, worth up to five million euros. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation honours world-leading international researchers, working across all disciplines.

November 14, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Rabab Ward – Paradigm Shifter Award

Congratulations to Dr. Rabab Ward, who was presented with the Paradigm Shifter Award by the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST). SCWIST celebrated their 30th anniversary as an organization at a gala held at the Four Seasons. SCWIST is a society that was started in Vancouver that promotes, encourages, and empowers women and girls in science, engineering and technology; it has grown substantially since its inception in 1981.

November 9, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Monitoring Aneurysms Wirelessly – Technology Breakthrough

Aneurysms occur when arterial walls begin to weaken, causing blood to create a bulge. Aneurysm ruptures result in death in 60% of those who suffer from them. They cause permanent disability in 50% of those who survive the rupture. Considering these astounding rates, it is not surprising that researchers are attempting to devise tools to better monitor aneurysms and possible ruptures.

November 2, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Keeping You Alive With Tiny Machines

Subject:  Nanotechnology 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

Subject:  Nanotechnology 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

Subject:  Faculty Achievements 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

Subject:  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.

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