Student Achievement

Civil and SALA undergrads team up in Fast + Epp competition

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Two Civil Engineering undergrads joined forces with two SALA students to design a tree house that placed first in the 2015 Fast + Epp Architectural Engineering Design Competition. Run in conjunction with CIVL 517, Prof. Thomas Tannert’s Advanced Topics in Timber Structures, the yearly competition aims to give engineering […]

Civil instructor Greg Johnson mentors SALA students

Monday, July 6, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Greg Johnson, Senior Instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering and in the School of Architecture, mentored a group of architecture students on a Gambier Island design build. Watch a time-lapse video from SALA.

UBC Concrete Canoe: “Spirit of the Competition” at the Canadian Nationals

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC Concrete Canoe recently returned from the Canadian National Competition at the University of Toronto, proudly bearing the Spirit of the Competition Award. Having just put the final exams behind them, the team embarked on their biggest trip of the year: four days in Toronto for the 21st CSCE […]

Civil students in the spotlight

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin BASc students Christina Noël (left), Alyssa Schultz (centre) and Charles Noftall (right) were profiled by APSC this graduation season, alongside other outstanding students. Click each picture for the full story.

Steel Bridge Team at Regional Competition

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin The UBC Steel Bridge Team recently wrapped up activities for the 2014-2015 year, and is making big plans for a successful 2015 – 2016. A completely student-run team, Steel Bridge worked hard this year to prepare for competition at the ASCE Pacific Northwest Regional Conference at Idaho […]

UBC CSCE Wins National CSCE President’s Best Student Chapter Award

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Pictured L-R: Justin Brown, Peggy Shen, Tyler Ezzy, Emily Dressel, Charles Noftall, Meghan Grant, Adam Vaughan, Zhansulu Davletyarova, Fahmid Islam, Tanveer Bhandal, Wendy Chen, Joshua Baylis, Ben White, Amber Xue, Antonio Castro, David Tran, Kevin Parrish, Howard Wong, Salman Arshad.Missing From Picture: Simon Pelta, Fraser Peterson, Mauro […]

EERI Seismic Design Team stands up to the competition in Boston

Monday, April 27, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin The UBC EERI Seismic Design Team recently returned from a solid performance at the 2015 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition in Boston, Massachusetts. The competition was held in conjunction with the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting and featured thirty-eight teams from all over the world; with UBC one of […]

UBC Concrete Canoe update: ASCE Pacific Northwest Regional Competition underway!

Friday, April 17, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin After months of preparation, the UBC Concrete Canoe Team has finally set off to attend the ASCE Pacific Northwest Regional Student Concrete Canoe Competition! The competition runs April 16 – 19 at Idaho State University. Visit Concrete Canoe on Facebook for daily updates and photos from the competition. Best […]

Second year students test their timber trusses to failure in the Structural Teaching Lab

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin On Tuesday, April 7, students in CIVL 228 (Introduction to Structural Engineering) celebrated the culminaton of their course work during truss testing day. Each year, CIVL 228 students work together to apply the structural analysis knowledge learned in class to design, construct, and test a timber truss […]

Second year students design an affordable, sustainable Vancouver condo building on principles of “The Blue Economy”

Monday, April 13, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Students in CIVL 202 (Civil Engineering II) recently held a Poster-Showcase Celebration to present their completed Community-Based Experiential Learning (CBEL) Sustainability Projects. CIVL 202 aims to give students an understanding of the social and biophysical context of infrastructure and the impact of technologies on people, the economy, […]

4th year Civil students share design concepts for Granville Island

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Students in CIVL 446/447 (Civil Engineering Design and Analysis II) recently presented their completed Capstone Design Projects, which challenged them to expand on design concepts they created in CIVL 445 (Civil Engineering Design and Analysis I) for a variety of structures on Granville Island. Under the guidance […]

EERI Seismic Design Competition: the countdown is on!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin EERI Seismic Design Team Leads, pictured front row L – R: Farinaz Moayedi, Brian HyunWoo Sung, Simon Pelta, Paul Yan; back row L – R: Fraser Peterson, Mike Lumb, Sim Toor, Evan Peatt The UBC EERI Seismic Design Team is making final preparations to travel to the 2015 Undergraduate […]

Student teams represent Civil, break popsicle stick bridge record at APEGBC NEGM event

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Civil student team members, L – R: Christina Noël, Anthony McGill, Daniel Vandervelden, Diane Currie, Josh Veillard, Amir Afrasiabi, Yezi Zhang, Matthew Cheung, and Simon Pelta at the APEGBC Richmond/Delta Branch Engineering and Geoscience Fair at Lansdowne Centre At a recent APEGBC Engineering and Geoscience Fair, held […]

Civil professors help detect obstacles in UBC SailBot’s voyage

UBC SailBot, the innovative robotic sailing team made up of computer science and engineering students, is getting ready for a potentially groundbreaking voyage. This summer, their 5.5 metre long sailboat will launch off the coast of Newfoundland in an attempt to become the first fully autonomous, unmanned vessel to cross the Atlantic. If all goes […]

UBC Concrete Toboggan Team celebrates a strong showing at GNCTR 2015

The UBC Concrete Toboggan Team recently returned from a strong showing at “the world’s most epic engineering competition,” Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race 2015, hosted by UBC-Okanagan.  Four days of networking with over 400 of their counterparts from other universities, faculty, and industry representatives; showcasing their innovative design at Tech-Ex (the annual GNCTR technical exhibition); […]

Concrete Canoe Team on Global News!

Pictured L – R: Sophia Piche, Sadaf Farzanehfar, Christina Noël, Tyler Mann, Anthony McGill, Logan Schrum Concrete Canoe was featured on Global News, with comments from Dr. Staub-French on UBC Engineering’s record-breaking enrollment of women in 2014. Watch the segment online! 

Three Minute Thesis: Civil Heat Results

Pictured L – R: Md Nesar Khadem, Behzad Shoolestani, Dong Cui, Amir Shoolestani On February 13th, four graduate students competed in this year’s Civil heat of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Staff, faculty and students made up the audience of nearly 50, and enjoyed a sushi lunch while they took in these engaging and informative three […]

Civil students develop engineering designs for Granville Island

Fourth year Civil Engineering students recently competed in the annual end-of-term design competition. Twenty-two teams of students with expertise in various sub-disciplines of civil engineering presented their design solutions, which were judged by distinguished members of the industrial community and faculty representatives. This year’s term project focused on the retrofitting and re-purposing of the Granville […]

Countdown to Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race 2015

The UBC Concrete Toboggan Team is making the final preparations for the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race, which takes place January 21 – 25, 2015 at UBC-O. This year, a full team of 30 students will be travelling to Kelowna for the competition. The team consists of 11 GNCTR veterans and 19 first-timers, representing mainly […]

Concrete Canoe Team attends 2014 APEGBC AGM

UBC’s Concrete Canoe Team was excited to have the opportunity to attend APEGBC’s Annual Conference and AGM in Vancouver this past fall; an experience which served as a unique opportunity to talk to attendees about the team’s activities, and to become more acquainted with local industry representatives.

APSC 150 students launch into design

First year engineering students brought theory to life this term, thanks to an exciting new hands-on, team-based design challenge created by Civil Instructor Dr. Nobo Yonemitsu and innovative IGEN students. APSC 150, Engineering Case Studies, introduces students to the engineering design process. The course is divided into a series of cases presented by different engineering instructors. For […]

UBC students win top prize at Student Design Competition

L – R: students Stephen Bertulli, Michael Thiessen, Robert D’Amours, David Saabas, and David Houghton, with Ed McCormick, President-Elect at Water Environment Federation. Photo: WEFTEC Daily Four students from the UNBC/UBC environmental engineering program and one student from CHBE made up the team that travelled to New Orleans for the 2014 Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and […]

Imagine Day: New Civil try out construction and seismic testing

Second year students work in teams to design and construct small-scale structures for testing in the EERF. On Tuesday, September 2, the Department welcomed 136 second-year students to the Civil Engineering Program. This year’s Civil Imagine Day offered exciting new activities that served to inform and inspire. The official Department welcome was conveyed by Dr. […]

Meet the new Civil Club President! Q & A with Alyssa Schultz

Meet the new Civil Club President! The Department presents a Q & A with Alyssa Schultz. 1. Please share a brief bio with us – who is our new President? Born and raised in North Vancouver, UBC has always been a dream of mine, although engineering was not always on my radar. My passion for math and […]

Civil researchers report exciting superoxygenation findings

L – R: Civil graduate student Tyler Barber, Professor Don Mavinic, and Ken Christison, principal engineer at Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, pictured with the aeration column and dissolved oxygen monitors used for this research. Supplying oxygen via aeration for water treatment is an energy intensive process, accounting for up to 60% of the energy requirements in […]

Civil student wins CEMF Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship

Christina Noël, a Civil BASc student entering fourth year in September, has recently been selected as the recipient of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship for the British Columbia region. This scholarship recognizes her as one of the top five undergraduate women engineering students across Canada, based on her extensive leadership and […]

Congratulations Civil Class of 2014

On May 27, 2014, a Graduation Reception for the Civil Engineering Class of 2014 took place in the Wayne & William White Engineering Design Centre. A large number of graduating students attended with their friends and family members, to celebrate and hear remarks from Professor Reza Vaziri, Head of the Department; Professor Bernard Laval, Associate […]

Civil Valedictorian Chris Young (BASc ’14) speaks at graduation

Chris Young, newly admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, was selected to give the valedictory address to fellow Applied Science graduating students in the Civil and Mechanical departments on May 27, 2014. His stellar academic record (top overall GPA of graduating UBC Civil Engineering students, second overall GPA of […]

Steel Bridge Team places 1st in 2014 Pacific Northwest Steel Bridge Competition

The UBC Steel Bridge Team achieved the following rankings at the 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers Pacific Northwest Student Conference at Oregon State University: 3rd in construction speed, 2nd in lightness, 2nd in display, 1st in efficiency, and 3rd overall. This notable outcome qualified the team for participation in the 2014 National Student Steel Bridge […]

Civil alumnus chosen for the 2014 Young Alumnus Award

Congratulations to Duncan McNicholl, who was honoured at the 2014 Engineering Excellence Celebration as the recipient of the 2014 UBC Engineering Outstanding Young Alumnus Award*! Duncan received his BASc in Civil Engineering in 2009, with distinction, but he was dedicated to more than just his studies during his time at UBC. In 2003, his life […]

UBC Concrete Canoe Team places 4th at Regional Competition

UBC Concrete Canoe is proud to announce their success at the recent regional Concrete Canoe Competition at the ASCE Pacific Northwest Conference, held at Portland State University April 25 – 26. Out of thirteen competing teams, they finished in fourth place, trailing behind the second runner up by a mere six points. Many of the […]

Civil student selected as Engineering Co-op photo contest winner

Photo courtesy of Joanne Chow and Engineering Co-op. Learn more about Engineering Co-op’s Photo Contest. Civil Engineering student Joanne Chow was awarded Second Prize in the Engineering Co-op Programs’s 2013 photo contest. Pictured is a tunnel boring machine, which Joanne encountered during her recent Co-op term in Hong Kong. Joanne shares a description of the machine: […]

CIVL 228 students test timber trusses in Structural Teaching Lab

On Tuesday, April 1, students enrolled in CIVL 228 (Introduction to Structural Engineering) celebrated the culminaton of their course work during truss testing day. Each year, CIVL 228 students work together to apply the structural analysis knowledge learned in class to design, construct, and test a timber truss structure to failure. Students were divided into […]

Civil student to trek to Everest for Tanzania Heart Babies Project

Civil Engineering undergrad student Kunal Sethi, far left, will be trekking to Everest Base Camp this spring as a member of the Tanzania Heart Babies Project team. This summer, a team of 12 UBC students, including a Civil Engineering undergrad, are travelling to Nepal to trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest in honour […]

UBC Concrete Toboggan Team: Success at the 40th Annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race

This February, the UBC Concrete Toboggan Team competed in London, Ontario at the 40th annual GNCTR against 24 North American Universities and Technical Institutions. The team spent five days networking with over 400 students, Western University Alumni and industry representatives. The team raced with an all new, component-based design and after some last minute adjustments, made multiple successful runs down […]

Civil students win top prize at WEFTEC Design Competition

Four Civil Engineering graduate students were part of the team of five that took home a top prize at the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) Student Design Competition in Chicago in fall 2013. Christopher Lawson, Laith Furation (CHBE), Michal Simhon, Connor Wilson, and Rony Das earned the opportunity to compete in this […]

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) UPDATE: Civil graduate student advances to UBC Semi-Finals

UPDATE: Kelly Graves placed third in the APSC heat, and will be advancing to the UBC Semi-Finals, to be held Tuesday March 11. Click here for details. On February 27th, six graduate students competed in this year’s Civil heat of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Staff, faculty and students made up the audience of nearly 50, and enjoyed a […]

MASc student wins 2013 Canadian Dam Association Scholarship

MASc student Ryan Rasmussen won the 2013 Canadian Dam Association Scholarship for his research on “Optimization of Revelstoke Dam Operation during the Spring Freshet”.

Civil PhD student receives 2013 David Crighton Fellowship

Anirban Guha, UBC Civil Engineering Ph.D. candidate, received the prestigious 2013 David Crighton Fellowship from the Department of Applied Mathematics and   Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge. The award will support Guha to study and conduct research at Cambridge for two to three months,  where he will be working with Prof. Peter Haynes to study […]

Civil MASc student awarded UBC Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship

Kelly Graves was awarded the UBC Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship. Kelly is a Master of Applied Science student in Environmental Fluid Mechanics. She is  researching under-ice mixing due to solar heating in an arctic lake in Finland where she was able to use conventional instrumentation as well as use an  autonomous underwater vehicle to collect data. Kelly […]

NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships awarded to Civil students

NSERC Graduate Scholarships and UBC Four-Year Fellowships The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awarded the  2012 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) to Ph.D. candidate Shona Robinson, M.A.Sc. candidate Lisa Tobber, and M.A.Sc. candidate  Stanley Chan; the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS-D) was awarded to Ph.D. candidate Elnaz Amirzehni. The UBC […]

Concrete Toboggan Team’s success at 2013 Toboggan Race

The UBC Civil Concrete Toboggan Team placed 3rd in the top speed, and 10th overall of 21 teams in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race 2013, the oldest and largest engineering student competition in Canada. Team members were able to be part of the complete life cycle of a project and gained experience in  the […]

Steel Bridge Team places 1st in Pacific Northwest Steel Bridge Competition

The UBC Steel Bridge Team achieved the following rankings in the Steel Bridge Competition at the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers Pacific Northwest  Student Conference at Oregon State University: 1st in Display, 2nd in Stiffness, 2nd in Construction Speed, 4th in Economy and 3rd Overall. This notable outcome qualified the team for participation in […]

EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Team competes for UBC

The UBC EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Team was honored to represent UBC at the Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition, hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Leadership Council. It was a successful experience for the team, and they were proud to represent UBC and Canada at this international competition, where they placed 19th overall. Notable […]