Open minds, creative thinking and cutting-edge research have led to top awards for faculty and students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
This week, the campus marked Celebrate Research Week with a series of public events highlighting current research projects. On Friday UBC Okanagan recognized its Researchers of the Year.
“I applaud all our researchers who are working at our university and I am delighted to honour the 2017 researchers of the year,” says Vice-Principal Research Philip Barker. “Our campus continues to reach new heights and these awards illustrate the top work performed by our research community.”
“I am delighted to recognize the dedication, perseverance and creativity of professors Deyholos, Holzman, Frohlick and Jung,” says Barker. “Their inquiring minds and hard work are producing superb world-class research that will have a significant and lasting impact.”
Student researcher awards were also presented on Friday: Logan Cochrane won the Graduate Student Researcher of the Year award and Jeffery Krupa received the Undergraduate Student Researcher of the Year.
About Co-Researcher of the Year Associate Professor Jonathan Holzman, Engineering
Engineering professor Jonathan Holzman is described by his peers as a catalyst for growth in research. He established the Integrated Optics Laboratory which fosters collaborative research that has put the Okanagan campus on the international map. His research team has put forward major advances in the emerging field of optical wireless communications and is the forerunner in this technology through the introduction of bi-directional optimal wireless communication.
Holzman’s research accomplishments are “truly exceptional,” says nominator Rehan Sadiq, associate dean of the School of Engineering. Sadiq commends Holzman’s continued dedication to research promotion in the community through school tours, lab demonstrations and workshops for elementary and high-school students.
“It is clear that Jonathan is a shining example of success in research at our campus and highly deserving of this award,” says co-nominator Mina Hoorfar, director of the School of Engineering.