Student Achievements

August 31, 2012 | Student Achievements

Nikola Zlatanov: 2012 Vanier Scholar

Nikola Zlatanov, who was awarded the 2011 Killam Doctoral scholarship, is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Vanier scholarship. Supervised by Professor Robert Schober in the ECE PhD program, Nikola’s winning research proposal, Buffer-Aided Relaying: A New Protocol for Next Generation Wireless Networks, identifies a new protocol for wireless cooperative networks that can significantly improve their performance.

August 2, 2012 | Featured, Student Achievements

Undergraduates Contributing to ECE Research: Omar Omari

Each summer, undergraduate students make significant contributions to research projects at ECE while working as interns. This is the first of four interviews with undergraduate research interns working closely with ECE faculty members and graduate students. Omar Omari is a 3rd year ECE student in the biomedical option. His research internship is supervised by Dr. Rabab Ward and he is working closely with PhD student Ehsan Nezhadaria and Dr. Hossein Sameti.   What project are you working on this summer?

July 5, 2012 | Student Achievements

Caitlin Schneider Receives Inaugural Motion Metrics/ICICS Graduate Scholarship

The ICICS Graduate Affairs Committee has selected ECE doctoral student Caitlin Schneider as the inaugural recipient of the Motion Metrics/ICICS Graduate Scholarship. Motion Metrics International is an ICICS-incubated start-up company founded by President and CEO Shahram Tafazoli 12 years ago after completing his PhD in ECE at UBC. Now internationally successful, the company provides integrated sensing equipment to the open-pit mining community. Shahram decided that he wanted to give something back to ICICS and UBC, and generously founded this award.

June 5, 2012 | Student Achievements

First and Best at AUTO21

At this year’s Toyota Canada AUTO21 HQP Poster National Competition, a team of UBC engineers won Best in Theme A (Health, Safety and Injury Prevention), tied for first place overall, and brought home a $4,000 cash prize for their poster, “Injury Prevention Through Adaptive Seat Design”.

June 1, 2012 | Student Achievements

RoboCup North American Open

Come cheer for your UBC Thunderbots as they compete against the best teams in the world in artificial intelligence and robotics on home turf, June 9 to June 15 at the Engineering Design Center! Learn about our autonomous soccer-playing robots and the technology and people that keep them scoring goals. You may even get a chance to even take control of a robot and drive it using an Xbox controller!

May 29, 2012 | Featured, Student Achievements

Renaissance Man and Governor General's Medal Winner

It’s not easy to achieve the highest academic standing in the Applied Sciences program, but that’s just what Alexey Pazukha has done. Professor Dr. John Madden can testify to the graduating student’s tireless scholastic efforts. “In these times of great specialization, Alexey Pazukha is a rare example of a Renaissance intellect.” Contemporary German literature, evolution of transistors and quantum mechanics are some of his interests, but his expertise spans across them all. He doesn’t just dabble; he excels.

May 14, 2012 | Student Achievements

More Accolades for Zahra Ahmadian

Last year she received the Google Anita Borg Scholarship. This year, PhD student Zahra Ahmadian is the winner of the IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Prize. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Canada annually awards the prize to the nominee who has demonstrated substantial success in her undergraduate program and volunteer service to the IEEE. The prize as a whole recognizes the excellence in young women engineer professionals.

May 10, 2012 | Student Achievements, Undergraduate Student Achievements

From Playing Games to Creating Apps

It began with a simple wish to make video games. Now five years later, William Gallego has refined his ambitions, accumulated a wealth of leadership experience and graduates from UBC with an Applied Sciences degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The former President of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Society plans to apply his skills to create a website that synthesizes e-mails for students, and to develop apps that will eventually be sold in the Apple App Store.

May 10, 2012 | Student Achievements, Undergraduate Student Achievements

Engineer and Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Along with her degree, when Annelies Tjebbes graduates in May, she’ll have in her hands an award-winning product and an impressive volunteer experience. In her undergraduate years, she co-founded Kaizen Biomedical, and together with her team, they invented MobiChill: a blanket that induces therapeutic hypothermia to cardiac arrest patients and reduces the risk of long-term side effects such as neurological damage. They have already won first place for the product at the 2012 Enterprize Canada National Business Plan and are getting ready to put MobiChill on the market.

May 2, 2012 | Student Achievements

Miguel Torres Wins Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Miguel Guillen Torres’ balance of approachability and professionalism as a teaching assistant has garnered him the 2011/2012 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. The Award is given out annually to a small group of TAs who have made an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning at UBC. The successful award winners have demonstrated skills, abilities and contributions that result in a high level of respect from undergraduate students and faculty members.

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