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Harshanvit Chhatwal and Trevor Condon, two ECE graduates from the class of 2013, were asked to share some of their insights and experiences as recent graduates. You can read the stories of outstanding students from all of the Applied Science disciplines in the 2013 edition of APSC Rising Stars.
Congratulations to the winners of the UBC 2013 Student Project Fair! On April 4, 2013, the UBC IEEE held a project fair for students in the ECE. Each year, this event provides a forum for students to connect with industry representatives and ECE professors. It was a great event and we hope that you will come out again next year! The winners from each division are as follows: Senior Projects
Little Bo Peep has taken up engineering. Tired of suffering through a search in the wilderness for her sheep, Bo Beep has designed a robot that will home in on her lost livestock. The robot’s goal? Get little lost Barclay and Beatrice back to the barn as quickly as possible.
During the Three Minute Thesis Competition graduate students explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience. Mai Hassan and Parmida Beigi were successful at the APSC 3MT competition and will go on to the university-wide semi-finals on Tuesday, March 12th. Check the FoGS website for event details. Mai Hassan took second place at the APSC heat. She is completing her research to efficiently expand the frequencies available to cellular networks with Dr. Vijay Bhargava.
Jeff Giffin and Dianna Foldi from UBC Project Services will join us to discuss the Bioenergy Research and Development Facility. Two students who are currently completing their capstone projects at the facility will discuss their research. Naz Houshmand's capstone investigates the benefits of voltage optimization & power factor correction at the building level and Yohan Jeon's capstone considers the dynamic modelling of the Nexterra/GE Generator on UBC Campus.
Adam Noel, a PhD student and TA with ECE, demonstrates the Autonomous Rover, a 2nd year robotics project. The rover is able to detect and follow a magnetic field, similar to technology used in high-speed magnetic trains. The Autonomous Rover integrates essential aspects of electrical and computer engineering into a single project the students can work together on.
Mitacs Globalink student Vicky Liu is working with Professor Victor C.M. Leung of ECE to develop a Smartphone application that will help save lives. The app will display a user’s vital signs onscreen after assessing his or her health via wireless Bluetooth sensors placed on the body. Vicky is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Computing Science at the Beijing Institute of Technology. She chose the Globalink program because it allowed her to network globally during her exchange.
Congratulations to the IEEE UBC branch on being awarded the Region 7 Exemplary Student Branch Award. The purpose of the award is to provide public recognition of exemplary IEEE Student Branch operations. The award was presented at the IEEE Canada Student Congress held in September in Mississauga, Ontario. IEEE UBC chairperson Saba Ardeshiri accepted the award from Dr. Keith Brown, president of IEEE Canada, and Kanishka Jayawardene, IEEE Canada Student Representative. Read More:
Rudy Lam just graduated with a BSc in Engineering Physics, Electrical Option. Rudy worked at the Biomedical Signal and Image computing Lab (BiSICL) with Professor Rafeef Abugharbieh and her PhD student Seyed-Alborz Amir-Khalili over the summer researching software that enables real-time localization of bones in three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound images.
Nikola Zlatanov, who was awarded the 2011 Killam Doctoral scholarship, is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Vanier scholarship. Supervised by Professor Robert Schober in the ECE PhD program, Nikola’s winning research proposal, Buffer-Aided Relaying: A New Protocol for Next Generation Wireless Networks, identifies a new protocol for wireless cooperative networks that can significantly improve their performance.