Students will have a new building, labs and classrooms when they return to class this fall class at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus School of Engineering (SOE).
The state-of-the-art Engineering Management and Education (EME) building will house students in mechanical, civil and electrical engineering disciplines. The SOE portion of the building includes a wide array of student and research labs, faculty, staff and graduate student offices, graduate writing rooms, videoconference board rooms and meeting rooms.
More than 650 undergraduates are enrolled in the School of Engineering along with 140 graduate students, 35 faculty, including three who were hired this year. Seven administration staff, one lab manager and six lab technicians round out the school.
The engineering school curriculum is designed to prepare students for the realities of engineering practice. Team-based project learning encourages students to carry on the life-long learning process, to integrate engineering applications within a team environment and to foster interdisciplinary thinking.
Along with civil, electrical and mechanical engineering in the undergraduate program, the SOE offers Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Applied Science (MASc), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees with specialization in those three areas of study. Completion of a MASc degree is normally required for admission to a PhD program. The MEng is a professional program suited to students who wish to pursue their engineering education beyond the undergraduate level but who do not wish to complete thesis research.
“The School of Engineering is dedicated to providing high-calibre opportunities for students to experience all aspects of engineering from research, design and project management, to the higher ideals and responsibilities of engineers as leaders of our community. These opportunities are built into our common first-year, second-year programming and fourth-year Capstone Design courses with substantial involvement from industry. These opportunities enhance student involvement in the program and develop a sense of spirit and community among the cohort of students culminating in design competitions allowing students to experience all aspects of an engineering project from beginning to end.”
— Director Spiro Yannacopoulos
To find out more about the School of Engineering, visit: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/engineering
Jahangir Hossain has a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus. His research focuses on developing bandwidth and energy efficient technologies resulting in longer battery life and higher data rate support for wireless systems in devices such as laptops, cell phones, and tablets.
Sunny Ri Li has a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto. He has worked as a research scientist for GE Global Research. His research focuses on experimental fluid mechanics and heat transfer with applications to inkjet printing; thermal control for electronics such as super computers, electric vehicles, laser systems, and military avionics; and thermal storage of sustainable energy such as solar and nuclear energies.
Sumi Siddiqua holds a PhD in geoenvironmental engineering from Cardiff University, UK. She also worked as a post-doctoral fellow with industrial collaboration. Her research involves experimental investigation and numerical modeling of thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical behaviour of unsaturated clay. Major applications of her research include design of landfill and proposed disposal of nuclear waste for environmental protection from contaminants.
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