Esteemed Grads

Graduates of our department are making their mark in the field of Materials Engineering. Check out their remarkable accomplishments below!




Mojan graduated with her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Materials Engineering at UBC in 2010 and 2012, respectively. During her undergraduate she completed her co-op terms at EVRAZ and Ballard Power Systems. Her Masters project focused on characterisation of a twin belt-cast Al-Mg-Sc-Zr alloy and was supervised by professors Poole and Sinclair and sponsored by Novelis Inc. Mojan worked as an Industrial Graduate Student at Novelis in Kingston Ontario for the research portion of her degree. She is currently working as a failure analyst and welding engineer at the Applied Materials department at Powertech Labs. Mojan will soon however be departing from Powertech to start her new position as a failure analysis engineer in the reliability team at Tesla Motors.

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Matthew Tunnicliffe left his home in Gananoque, Ontario to both pursue academics at the University of British Columbia and continue feeding his passion for snowboarding.  Between 2003 and 2011 Matthew had earned a B.A.Sc, and a M.A.Sc (Corrosion) from the Materials Engineering department.  At the same time, Matthew was a member of the Canada~Snowboard High Performance Program where he competed in snowboardcross at provincial, national and World Cup events.  Matthew appeared in over 20 World Cup events all over the world.

Post-graduation; Matthew retired from competition and has earned a position in the FPInnovations Corrosion Group.  FPInnovations is member organization in the Forestry Industry that specializes in performing scientific research and transferring new technology to industry.

At work; Matthew plans and executes corrosion experiments while visits mills across Canada to assist with corrosion issues.  Matthew plans to present his research and industry experiences at annual NACE and TAPPI conferences for years to come. Matthew is greatful for the education, comradery, and challenges offered by the Materials Engineering Department (and specifically Akram Alfantazi) to prepare him for his post racing and ‘real life’ career.

Outside of work Matthew continues to enjoy being outdoors and remains active in the snowboard community as a trained coach on the North Shore Snowboard Team.

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Sybel graduated from the Materials Engineering department in 2001.  After completing her final co-op work terms at Ballard Power Systems, she returned to Ballard as a Research Engineer in their Research and Development department, developing bipolar flow field plate materials and gas diffusion layer materials for the fuel cell industry, as well as evaluating operational characteristics of next generation fuel cell designs.  After several years in this role, she joined the Intellectual Property group at Ballard to work on patent and trademark protection, and now manages their Patent and Trademark portfolios.


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During Shannon Hoekstra’s (BASc ’14) 2013 TEDx Terry Talk she spoke of her journey through her seven years of undergraduate education. Her message? Above all, own your degree. She was known as a committed student leader at UBC as she served as President for the UBC Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and for the Materials Engineering Undergraduate Club. She completed four successful engineering co-op terms – earning her title of 2013 Engineering Co-op Student of the Year. In addition, Shannon was a dedicated role model for women in engineering, volunteering for various outreach events and conferences. All of these accomplishments earned her the Outstanding Future Alumnus Award when she graduated in 2014.

After graduation, Shannon moved to Ontario where she now works for the engineering consulting firm, Hatch. As a Process Engineer-In-Training, Shannon works with engineers from all disciplines helping design metallurgical processes for extracting and refining metals. She has also been able to continue her involvement with EWB as a member of the Hatch Corporate Chapter, and with women in engineering endeavors as she is a Professional Ambassador with the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering.



Guy Elliott, graduated from the department in 2001 and during his undergraduate participated in the Coop program with placements including Dofasco, Cominco Engineering Services, and AnorMed.  After graduating Guy held a number of technical, sales, and project management roles in Vancouver, that ultimately led to an MBA program and articling as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young.

Guy specialized in bridging the gap between finance and operations/engineering.  He has served tenures in several mining companies in progressively senior roles. Currently Guy is a management consultant with Deloitte where his role involves focuses on letting CFO’s become “rock stars”.

Between his professional career and being a father of 3, Guy is also a member of several volunteer committees: Hollyburn Country Club’s Finance Committee, BCIT Foundation’s Audit Committee, UBC Materials Engineering Alumni Committee, and the North Shore CPA Chapter’s Board).  Furthermore as an alumni of SFU’s Beedie School of Business he participates in their guest Speakers Series attended by business school students and actively mentors young CPA students from all schools.




Nolan Peterson graduated from the Materials Engineering department in 2006 and has been a member of the Materials Department alumni advisory board since its inception.  He became a Professional Engineer in 2010.  The majority of Nolan’s career has been spent working in the mining and resource industries.  While attending UBC on Co-op terms he worked for Diavik Diamond Mines in the Northwest Territories, Rio Tinto Alcan’s smelter in Kitimat, and British Petroleum in Edmonton.  After graduation Nolan joined SNC – Lavalin in their mining group where he worked on a number of mine development studies.  He also served as a field engineer on the Hope Bay Gold project and  returned to Diavik Diamond mines to serve as a commissioning manager for their underground expansion.  In 2011 Nolan joined New Gold in their Project Development group.  He spent the first year and a half in Kamloops as engineering manager and commissioning engineer for the New Afton project.  He now works in New Gold’s Vancouver office as a project manager and financial analyst for all of New Gold’s development projects, most notably the Rainy River and Blackwater Projects.

In addition to his undergraduate degree Nolan completed an MBA from UBC’s Sauder School of Business in 2012 where he served as President of his class.  He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Victor graduated from UBC Materials Engineering in 2009. During his studies, he completed Co-op terms at Kryton and Toagosei. Following graduation Victor remained in the department to pursue doctoral studies under Professor Frank Ko, completing his Ph.D. research on nanocomposites for skin regeneration in 2014. During Victor’s Ph.D. studies, he was active in the community through various executive positions in the ASM International BC Chapter and Canadian Biomaterial Society BC Student Chapter, as well as part-time positions at the UBC Engineering Co-op Office and the Canada-Japan Co-op Program.
Never quite able to leave the UBC campus, Victor joined Axine Water Technologies, an electrochemical wastewater treatment start-up based on campus, as a Product Development Engineer in 2014. He now leads the company’s various product-testing programs geared to.