Engineering and biology professors win top recognition from university
Soil ecologist Miranda Hart and composite materials engineer Abbas Milani have won UBC Killam Research Fellowships, which enable promising faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave.
The Fellowships will support the endeavors of two prominent scientists at UBC Okanagan; soil ecologist Miranda Hart, and composite materials engineer Abbas Milani.
“We are delighted that these outstanding faculty have been recognized by the Killam Foundation,” says Phil Barker, Vice-Principal Research at UBC Okanagan. “These recognitions show that research at UBC’s Okanagan campus is continuing its strong upward trajectory.”
Hart, associate professor of biology, teaches in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, and studies soil biodiversity. In particular, she is interested in the ecology of soil microbes and the role and applications of microbes in sustainable agriculture, viticulture, and ecological restoration.
Milani, associate professor of engineering, teaches in UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering, working with advanced composite materials and their manufacturing. Lightweight and yet strong, these materials have found applications in aerospace, sports equipment, boats, home appliances, among many others.