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

E-Week 2015 – MTRL comes second overall

E-Week 2015 – MTRL comes second overall

For the first time ever we participated in all 33 events, resulting in a record breaking second place finish.

UBC Materials Engineering welcomes renewed Canada Research Chair

UBC Materials Engineering welcomes renewed Canada Research Chair

Materials Engineering Professor Frank Ko’s Canada Research Chair in Advanced Fibrous Materials was renewed. His research in nanofibre technology focuses mainly on the design, characterization and…

Professor Anoush Poursartip (left) accepts the Wayne W. Stinchcomb award on Sept 8, 2014 at the University of California's Price Center.

Materials Engineering Professor wins Wayne W. Stinchcomb Lecture and Award

Dr. Anoush Poursartip was recognized for his outstanding contributions to research, engineering and teaching of composite material technology.

MTRL Adjunct Professor wins 2015 Acta Materialia Gold Medal

MTRL Adjunct Professor wins 2015 Acta Materialia Gold Medal

Professor J. David Embury was recently announced as the 2015 Acta Materialia Gold Medal Award winner. This prize is one of the most prestigious awards in…

Ajanthia Gunaratnam

MTRL student wins MetSoc Master’s Award for 2014

Congratulations to Ajanthia Gunaramam who has won the 2014 MetSoc Master’s Award from the Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM.

Ms. Gunaramam is currently working on…

UBC Materials Engineers recognized for excellence

UBC Materials Engineers recognized for excellence

Two UBC Materials Engineers were won awards at the UBC Applied Science Engineering Excellence celebration. Dr. Gordon Forward won the lifetime achievement award…

Shannon Hoekstra’s 2013 TEDx Terry talk at UBC

Shannon Hoekstra’s 2013 TEDx Terry talk at UBC

Shannon Hoekstra of the Department of Materials Engineering gave an outstanding 2013 TEDx Terry talk at UBC on Saturday Nov. 2nd. View it now at…

Professor Anoush Poursartip and Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Professor Poursartip invited by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the tabling of Budget 2014

Anoush Poursartip, Director of CRN was invited by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada to the tabling of Budget 2014 in the House of Commons, Parliament Hill on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014. Professor Poursartip is an internationally recognized leader in composite materials. For more information on composite materials, please contact Anoush.Poursartip@ubc.ca.

Professor Peter Barr surrounded by Materials Engineering students

Materials Engineer Professor Peter Barr to retire

Materials Engineering undergraduate students recently celebrated the upcoming retirement of Professor Peter Barr at the end of December. Peter joined the Department of Materials Engineering in 1986 after competing his PhD at UBC. Peter is an expert in design of furnaces for metallurgical processes. He has been a student favorite for courses in pyrometallurgy, heat […]

MTRL prof receives the 2013 René Castro Award

MTRL prof receives the 2013 René Castro Award

UBC Materials Engineering Professor Chad Sinclair was recently awarded the 2013 René Castro Award by the French Society of Metallurgy and Materials (SF2M). Professor Sinclair was recognized for his body of work in the field of stainless steel physical metallurgy. He was the first  non-French winner of the award. For more information, please contact Professor […]