Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service 2019

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service 2019

David Torok Engineering Tech, UBC Department of Materials Engineering CUPE 116
Dave joined the Materials Engineering Department in 2002 as a Machinist Apprentice. During his apprenticeship, he instantly excelled in the hands-on machine work as well as his BCIT apprentice schooling. He also exhibited a great attitude towards the department, the undergraduate students in Materials and Integrated Engineering, the graduate students as well as the faculty. These are excellent qualities and it left no doubt in my mind that he would be hired full-time as a machinist in our department. Dave continues to show excellence and pride in his work, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to complete any task he is assigned. He also has the dubious distinction of being the Materials Engineering Fork lift! As I have not found anything Dave cannot lift or push. I know that there is no more deserving person than Dave for this prestigious award.

Michelle Tierney Manager, Student Services M&P
Michelle excels in everything she undertakes and does so with such dedication and commitment.
She provides outstanding service in her long list of duties as Manager, Student Services for the
undergraduate and graduate programs in Materials Engineering and Integrated Engineering since
she joined the department in 2005. She works tirelessly on behalf of the 430 undergraduate
students and 100 graduate students by counselling, advising and assisting them in any way she
can. Michelle has greatly enriched the students experience in Materials and Integrated
Engineering. She has an efficient work ethic and a willingness to take on multiple new
challenges. She is truly one of the rocks that our department is built upon and it is our great

UBC Materials Engineer awarded CIM Fellowship 2016

UBC Materials Engineer awarded CIM Fellowship 2016

Professor Matthias Militzer joins other distinguished members as a CIM Fellow. “The celebration and recognition of excellence within the mining and mineral industry is a tradition of which CIM is extremely proud. The CIM Awards honour industry’s finest for their outstanding contributions in various fields. Their achievements and dedication are what make Canada’s global mineral […]

Warren Poole, winner of the 2017 Acta Materialia Hollomon Award for Materials & Society

Warren Poole, winner of the 2017 Acta Materialia Hollomon Award for Materials & Society

“Dr. Poole was selected as the 2017 awardee by an international panel of judges appointed by the Board of Governors of Acta Materialia, Inc. and will receive the prestigious award in March 2017 during the TMS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. The award is given … in memory of Dr. J. Herbert Hollomon and […]

Avcorp Industries and UBC agree to pursue innovative partnership

Avcorp Industries and UBC agree to pursue innovative partnership

July 12, 2016 Avcorp Industries and the University of British Columbia have agreed to explore the establishment of a Learning Factory for Advanced Composites at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The two parties, represented by Avcorp CEO Peter George and UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard, signed an MOU today at the Farnborough International Airshow in […]

SHAD with UBC Program Director Daan Maijer

SHAD with UBC Program Director Daan Maijer

Each summer, the SHAD program brings accomplished teens together to promote innovation By Rafferty Baker, CBC News Posted: Jul 10, 2016 6:00 AM PT| Last Updated: Jul 10, 2016 2:16 PM PT Can high school students help improve Canada’s food security? That’s the challenge for a few hundred teens taking part in this year’s SHAD […]

UBC Materials Engineer inducted as CAE Fellow

UBC Materials Engineer inducted as CAE Fellow

UBC professor Steven Cockcroft has been inducted as Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of his distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. The ceremony took place in Winnipeg, in conjunction with the Academy’s Annual General Meeting on June 27, 2016. Inductee Citation, Steven Cockcroft For significant contributions as […]

New Fellow of ICF-BSE

New Fellow of ICF-BSE

Professor Rizhi Wang was inducted to the International College of Fellows – Biomaterials Science and Engineering (ICF-BSE), by the “International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE)” at the 10th World Biomaterials Congress held in Montreal on May 17-22, 2016. Based on ICF-BSE (http://www.fellowsbse.org), the honorary status of “Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering” […]

Honouring a visionary: Keith Brimacombe earns a place in Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

Honouring a visionary: Keith Brimacombe earns a place in Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

Few have had as resounding of an impact as Keith Brimacombe (1943-1997) in the metallurgical engineering world. A former UBC Engineering professor, Brimacombe was recognized for his lifetime contributions to metallurgical engineering and metals processing with an induction into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame on January 14, 2016. As a researcher, Brimacombe pioneered the […]

Materials Engineering Professor appointed as SAMPE Fellow

Materials Engineering Professor appointed as SAMPE Fellow

Dr. Anoush Poursartip was recognized for his distinguished contributions in the fields of materials and processes. He joins 145 SAMPE members that have been honored over 32 years. The award ceremony will take place during CAMX – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo in Dallas, Texas October 26-29, 2015.

Hydrometallurgy Pioneer’s Family Gives to UBC in His Memory

Hydrometallurgy Pioneer’s Family Gives to UBC in His Memory

In May 2015, Mrs. Gwynneth Peters, wife of the late Dr. Ernest Peters (1926-2009), made a generous donation to the Ernest Peters Prize, an award established in 1992 upon Dr. Peters’ retirement from the Department of Mining and Metallurgy.

New institute at UBC to provide training and research towards pipeline integrity

New institute at UBC to provide training and research towards pipeline integrity

The University of British Columbia launched a new institute today with the goal of providing education and research towards safer pipelines.