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From energy producing sludge to a lifesaving chill mat, the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Applied Science's professors and students are improving people's lives through excellence, innovation and the advancement of knowledge. Our magazine also includes alumni updates and upcoming events.

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  • Faculty oF applied Science engineering newS / Spring / SuMMer 2012

    CREATING SAFE, EFFECTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE NEW MATERIALS

    HARVESTING ENERGY FROM SLUDGE

    Recent federal funding supports innovations in composite materials and a competitive edge for industry.

    Researchers at the School of Engineering explore new techniques for converting biosolids into energy and fertilizer.

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    Alumni profiles and reunion updates find out what your classmates have been up to!

    Reunions are but one way to reconnect with classmates and your alma mater. Discover upcoming events open to alumni and the public.

    Contents

    A L U M N I U P D AT E S

    U P C O M I N G E V E N T S

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    From successful new ventures to new technology for addressing malaria, learn about the latest innovations from UBC Engineering that will bring positive outcomes for society.

    N E W S W O RT H Y

    Get a kick out of the stories of some of our youngest and oldest alumni.

    O U R P E O P L E

    Harvesting energy, creating fertilizer from sludge

    Creating safe, effective and sustainable new materials

    UBC SailBot team wins 2012 International Robotic Sailing Competition

    A research team led by Professor Cigdem Eskicioglu at the School of Engineering explores new techniques for converting biosolids into energy and fertilizer.

    Businesses in western Canadas manufacturing sector are poised to increase their competitive edge thanks to a federal investment of $9.8 million. The funding supports the Composites Research Network led by UBCs Professor Anoush Poursartip.

    UBC unseats the defending world champions in Vancouver, the ideal backdrop for the Sixth International Robotic Sailing Competition.

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    I N G E N U I T Y / S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 2

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    UBC is proud to contribute to the professional body of engineers across B.C.,

    throughout the nation and around the world.

    Eric Hall, Dean Pro Tem

    Deans Message

    PHOTO CREDIT: DON ERHARDT

    Dear UBC Engineering alumni and friends,

    Congratulations to those of you from the UBC Applied Science Class of 2012, and welcome, as our newest alumni readers. You have joined a prestigious and supportive community of more than 20,000 alumni who have received their engi-neering degree from UBC. I am confident that your UBC education and experience will serve you well. And I look forward to meeting you again in the broader community as you engineer a better world.

    Many of our School of Engineering graduates took part in the Iron Ring ceremony held for the first time ever in the Okanagan this year. As many of you know, the Iron Ring worn on the pinky finger of the dominant hand symbolizes Canadian engineers consciousness of their profession and awareness of the inherent responsibility in their hands. UBC is proud to contribute to the professional body of engineers across B.C., throughout the nation and around the world.

    Engineering Co-op, an integral part of our UBC Engineering education and career preparation, provides businesses with access to bright, motivated students to join them as part of their workforce. Across the world, UBC Engineering Co-op students work developing sustainable-mining practices, implementing clean-water solutions, surveying tunnels, planning transportation infrastructures and designing next- generation software products. If you anticipate employment opportunities within your organization and would like to hire UBC Co-op students, please contact the UBC Engineering Co-op office by email at eng.coop@ubc.ca or call 604-822-3022.

    Friendships, memories and social connections made at UBC contribute significantly to engineers future successes. Knowing this, we are currently fundraising for the new Engineering Student Centre, a student-driven initiative to replace the old, and rather dilapidated, Cheeze building. The new space will provide areas for group work, learn-ing, socializing and extracurricular planning and activities, and will especially support the nearly 70 per cent of students who commute to campus each day. Our students have done a huge amount to make the new Centre a reality even voting to increase their own fees to pay for it and they need support from you, our alumni, to complete the project. Please contact me if you would like to contribute to the new Centre or would like to learn more about the initiative.

    I hope you will enjoy the research innovations and student stories in this edition of Ingenuity. Here you will find the common thread that links our Applied Science people our work effecting positive change in society through professionally based knowledge and education.

    Thank you for your continued support of the UBC Faculty of Applied Science.

    Best regards,

    Eric Hall Dean Pro Tem

    To view past issues of Ingenuity, visit: www.engineering.ubc.ca/publications.

    I N G E N U I T Y is published by the Faculty of Applied Science, The University of British Columbia. www.apsc.ubc.ca

    E D I TO R A N D W R I T E RErinRose HandyCommunications ManagerEmail: editor.ingenuity@apsc.ubc.ca

    CO N T R I B U T I N G W R I T E R SLorraine ChanSherry GreenWendy McHardySarah SaddlerJeannie Scarfe Courtney SmithOliver Zihlmann

    D E S I G N A N D P R O D U C T I O Nseedideas.ca

    T H E FAC U LT Y S E N G I N E E R I N G AC T I V I T I E S I N C LU D E T H E FO L LOW I N G :Departments and ProgramsBiomedical EngineeringChemical and Biological EngineeringCivil EngineeringElectrical and Computer EngineeringEngineering PhysicsEnvironmental EngineeringGeological EngineeringIntegrated EngineeringMaterials EngineeringMechanical EngineeringNorman B. Keevil Institute of Mining EngineeringSchool of Engineering

    Office of the DeanCentre for Instructional SupportCentre for Professional Skills DevelopmentDevelopment and Alumni RelationsEngineering Co-op Office

    THE FACULTY PARTICIPATES IN SEVERAL RESEARCH C E N T R E S A N D L A B O R ATO R I E S , I N C LU D I N G :Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL)Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC)Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS)Michael Smith LaboratoriesPulp and Paper Centre

    M A I L I N G A D D R E S SIngenuityUBC Faculty of Applied Science5000 2332 Main MallVancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

    U P DAT E YO U R A D D R E S SEmail: alumni@apsc.ubc.caPhone: 604-822-8335Online: www.alumni.ubc.ca/contact/address.php

    G O I N G G R E E NTo receive Ingenuity electronically, visit: www.engineering.ubc.ca/goinggreen.

    PUBLICATIONS MAIL AGREEMENTNO. 40602510RETURN UNdELIvERABLE MAIL TOUBC FACULTy OF APPLIEd SCIENCE50 0 02332 MAIN MALLvANCOUvER, BC v6T 1Z4INFO@APSC.UBC.CA

    INGENUITY Spring 2012 / Summer 2012 INGENUITY Spring 2012 / Summer 2012

    ON THE COVERMicroscopic image of sewage sludge after microwave pre-treatment. Microwaving increases the amounts of energy and fertilizer that can be harvested. Red fluorescence indicates dead cells after treatment. Dead cells release organics (protein, humic and nucleic acids) that enhance biogas production.

    Photo by: Neda Mehdizadeh, using the School of Engineerings optical microscope

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  • 32

    Alumni profiles and reunion updates find out what your classmates have been up to!

    Reunions are but one way to reconnect with classmates and your alma mater. Discover upcoming events open to alumni and the public.

    Contents

    A L U M N I U P D AT E S

    U P C O M I N G E V E N T S

    23

    20

    From successful new ventures to new technology for addressing malaria, learn about the latest innovations from UBC Engineering that will bring positive outcomes for society.

    N E W S W O RT H Y

    Get a kick out of the stories of some of our youngest and oldest alumni.

    O U R P E O P L E

    Harvesting energy, creating fertilizer from sludge

    Creating safe, effective and sustainable new materials

    UBC SailBot team wins 2012 International Robotic Sailing Competition

    A research team led by Professor Cigdem Eskicioglu at the School of Engineering explores new techniques for converting biosolids into energy and fertilizer.

    Businesses in western Canadas manufacturing sector are poised to increase their competitive edge thanks to a federal investment of $9.8 million. The funding supports the Composites Research Network led by UBCs Professor Anoush Poursartip.

    UBC unseats the defending world champions in Vancouver, the ideal backdrop for the Sixth International Robotic Sailing Competition.

    F E AT U R E S

    4

    8

    10

    I N G E N U I T Y / S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 2

    W E L C O M E

    12

    18

    UBC is proud to contribute to the professional body of engineers across B.C.,

    throughout the nation and around the world.

    Eric Hall, Dean Pro Tem

    Deans Message

    PHOTO CREDIT: DON ERHARDT

    Dear UBC Engineering alumni and friends,

    Congratulations to those of you from the UBC Applied Science Class of 2012, and welcome, as our newest alumni readers. You have joined a prestigious and supportive community of more than 20,000 alumni who have received their engi-neering degree from UBC. I am confident that your UBC education and experience will serve you well. And I look forward to meeting you again in the broader community as you engineer a better world.

    Many of our School of Engineering graduates took part in the Iron Ring ceremony held for the first time ever in the Okanagan this year. As many of you know, the Iron Ring worn on the pinky finger of the dominant hand symbolizes Canadian engineers consciousness of t