Faculty Achievements

January 5, 2012 | Faculty Achievements

Dr. Ivanov and Dr. Schober Elected EIC Fellows

Dr. André Ivanov, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head, will be inducted a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada for his exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. Ivanov is an expert and innovator in the field of the design and testing of very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits. His achievements have led to numerous new and advanced technologies that have greatly impacted the shape of VLSI test technology processes worldwide affecting the entire semiconductor industry.

December 23, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Dr. Bhargava Receives Award for Exemplary Service to Publications

Congratulations to Professor Vijay Bhargava who was awarded the 2011 Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to the Publications of the IEEE Communications Society. The award citation is, "for contributions to the journals of the Communications Society, fostering new publications and improving effectiveness of the process of existing ones".

December 21, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Turning a New Leaf in Solar Energy Devices

Dr. Peyman Servati gave an invited talk in Nagano, Japan at the International Conference on Advanced Fiber/Textile Materials this month concerning his team’s recent research in flexible electronics. Dr. Servati’s Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab focuses on the development of low cost and mechanically flexible photovoltaic devices, as well as large-area microelectronics and integrated renewable energy systems.

December 7, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

2.8 Million Dollar Grant to Improve the Health of Bangladeshi Mothers and Children

A $2.8-million grant has been awarded to an interdisciplinary team of researchers from UBC’s, Child & Family Research Institute and BC Children’s Hospital. The Canadian International Development Agency grant will help researchers to improve the survival rate of Bangladeshi mothers, newborns, and young children. The team aims to do this through the prevention of sepsis. Sepsis is a severe illness in which bacteria cause a blood infection, which can be fatal. Those who survive often continue to suffer, and many die from complications after leaving the hospital.

November 22, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Dr. Robert Schober Awarded Prestigious Humboldt Professorship

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Schober, who was awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. This is Germany’s highest-endowed international research award, worth up to five million euros. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation honours world-leading international researchers, working across all disciplines.

November 14, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Rabab Ward – Paradigm Shifter Award

Congratulations to Dr. Rabab Ward, who was presented with the Paradigm Shifter Award by the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST). SCWIST celebrated their 30th anniversary as an organization at a gala held at the Four Seasons. SCWIST is a society that was started in Vancouver that promotes, encourages, and empowers women and girls in science, engineering and technology; it has grown substantially since its inception in 1981.

November 9, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Monitoring Aneurysms Wirelessly – Technology Breakthrough

Aneurysms occur when arterial walls begin to weaken, causing blood to create a bulge. Aneurysm ruptures result in death in 60% of those who suffer from them. They cause permanent disability in 50% of those who survive the rupture. Considering these astounding rates, it is not surprising that researchers are attempting to devise tools to better monitor aneurysms and possible ruptures.

November 2, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Keeping You Alive With Tiny Machines

Subject:  Nanotechnology Imagine going through your day completely unaware of tiny machines keeping you alive from the inside. With Dr. Kenichi Takahata’s new research, this could become a widespread reality. Dr. Takahata and colleagues have developed a device that acts as a “smart” variety of the cardiac stent. Unlike the traditional tubes, which are implanted to expand clogged coronary arteries, this stainless-steel machine also has micro-sensors, which can monitor conditions inside the arteries. Acting wirelessly, this device can send indications if the stent is failing.

October 19, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

The Latest Twist on Artificial Muscles

Subject:  Nanotechnology Dr. John Madden and an international team of collaborators have invented new artificial muscles strong enough to rotate objects more than a thousand times their own weight. Yarns composed of carbon nanotubes rotate in a manner similar to flagella of bacteria, elephant trunks, and octopus limbs. Dr. Madden and colleagues' article in the forthcoming issue of Science, entitled, Torsional Carbon Nanotube Artificial Muscles, details this research and its intriguing implications.

September 7, 2011 | Faculty Achievements

Dr. Rabab Ward wins CUFA BC Distinguished Academics Award

Subject:  Faculty Achievements Dr. Rabab Ward received one of the Distinguished Academics awards presented at the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC on April 27, 2011.  Dr.

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