Roberto Rosales Receives UBC President’s Staff Award

Congratulations to Dr. Roberto Rosales, ECE Engineering Services Team Lead, for receiving the 2020 UBC President’s Staff Award for Leadership. The President’s Staff Awards are presented by the university annually and recognize the personal achievements and contributions that staff make to UBC, and to the vision and goals of the University.

Since obtaining his graduate degrees in the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering (ECE), Roberto Rosales has progressed into a realm of staff leadership that encompasses many roles – researcher, technical consultant, sessional lecturer, manager, mentor, and team leader.

Leading by example, Roberto elevated the ECE Engineering Services Team by cultivating trust, morale and an enthusiasm for enabling research, mentoring undergraduates and serving instructors. The team provides innovative and unprecedented technical and engineering support for both research and teaching, and their model of service delivery demonstrates their commitment to supporting world-class research as well as to provide an outstanding education and experience to our undergraduate students.

An advocate for students’ continued success, Roberto uses his influences to ensure world-class teaching and learning environments. In 2014, Roberto worked with students, faculty and staff to prepare for an external review with the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, which included a thorough assessment of labs and facilities with a distinct focus on health and safety. More recently, when the department learned that their teaching epicenter, the MacLeod Building, was due for a multi-year seismic upgrade renovation, Roberto enthusiastically identified the opportunity to enhance the range of technical services that can be provided for teaching and research.

Roberto demonstrated leadership as an inaugural member of the System on a Chip (SOC) Research Lab, recognized by peers as maintaining a professional, constructive, positive, and solution-oriented attitude. He is an expert in his field and is a valuable mentor for graduate and undergraduate students.

See full list of UBC President’s Staff Awards recipients here.