Societies and Clubs

University is about more than just lectures, labs, and late-night study sessions. During your time at UBC, you will have many opportunities to meet people from all over the world and experience new things. You can build a solar car with friends, visit Silicon Valley on a field trip with other students and influence your learning environment by participating in student societies and clubs.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Society (ECESS)

The ECESS is a student organization for all undergraduate Electrical and Computer Engineering students at UBC. With over 900 undergraduate students in the department, ECESS is the largest of all engineering departmental clubs. Through the hard work of the ECESS council and student volunteers, their goal is to provide ECE students with a better environment to learn and gain life long skills. We encourage all of our ECE undergraduate students to get involved!

Visit the ECESS Website

ECESS Executives

Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association (ECEGSA)

The ECEGSA is the association of all Graduate students in the ECE Department at UBC. Every graduate student in ECE is automatically a member, and the ECEGSA Executive organizes activities and services for the benefit of all graduate students. These include orientations for new students, a weekly Afternoon Social Break, an Industry/Student Networking Night, and many other workshops and events. The ECEGSA welcomes all ECE Graduate students to participate in its events, which are announced via email and on the ECEGSA website.

Visit the ECEGSA Website

Meet the ECEGSA

Elena Dobre – President

I’m a fourth year PhD candidate, and I’m working on alleviating hardware-induced impairments in wireless communication systems with the help of machine learning. My main goal as an ECEGSA president is to improve the grad school experience of our student body by promoting community building events and career preparedness workshops (hard/soft skills). I also plan to increase the visibility of our grad students to potential employers outside of BC. I’m open to talk more on the above (and other) topics, so don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jason (Jihoon) Choi – Treasurer

Jason is a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) student under the ECE department. With experience as an engineering consultant and startups, he’s focusing his studies on intelligent product solutions. Outside of his studies, Jason can be found running around (literally) as a long-distance runner/triathlete or taking care of his kombucha SCOBY. He ultimately hopes to support ECEGSA and reconnect the ECE Graduate Student Body by taking care of the nitty-gritty details behinds the scenes. He will oversee the financials and operations of the organization to make sure you are having the best time of your life. Jason also loves meeting new people and will always welcome a coffee chat.

Shreya Verma – VP Social External

I’m a Masters of Applied Science (MASc) student. Staying and working from home for more than a year has affected all of us immensely and definitely have made us realize how important human interaction is. Being an international student, I know to settle in a new place/new culture the feeling of home is very important- that’s my goal, to make sure we make up for the lost one year – organize hikes, skiing events(in collaboration UBC Varsity Outdoor Club), Halloween-Thanksgiving Dinner-Diwali meet ups. I understand how overwhelming research and academics can get sometimes and from personal experience the best way to deal with it is talking to peers. I plan to organize Alumni talks, Networking events, peer to peer talk wherein people from similar background can help each other to solve problems statements, or even a hack-a-thon with the department. Workshops on How to build your resume, Improving LinkedIn, Tips on writing thesis, Job hunting hacks- these though are mainstream but definitely very useful.

Daniel Holanda Noronha – VP Social

Daniel is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate at the ECE department. His research focuses on debugging machine learning hardware accelerators and understanding the impacts of hardware acceleration on ML models. He is also a big fan of beach volleyball, recently joined UBC’s sailing club, and can’t wait for this pandemic to be over to organize multiple in-person events for ECE grad students. This includes organizing beach volleyball games, hikes, and hopefully a ski trip for beginners at the end of the year.

Ang Nan (Michael) Gu – VP Academic

I’m a second-year Masters of Applied Science student working in the UBC Robotics and Control Laboratory to create software solutions that aid clinicians in hospitals and bring high-quality digital healthcare to people everywhere. I’m serving as the VP Academic in ECEGSA and my main goal is to help students navigate the challenges of graduate education. I’m the creator and an active member of the unofficial ECE graduate slack channel, which has helped bring the student community closer during a year of virtual work. Two goals that I have for this coming year are to create a more welcoming atmosphere for research groups to connect with each other and the student body, and to empower students through workshops that develop skills and confidence.

UBC IEEE Student Branch

The UBC IEEE Student Branch is dedicated to developing the professional skills of electrical and computer engineering students at the University of British Columbia. The Student Branch executive team organizes many events throughout the year including the annual Think Engineering networking event, MATLAB and Linux workshops, industry field trips, as well as local and global competitions. The Student Branch has also organized field trips to popular destinations for technology such as Silicon Valley and Japan. With over 250 members, UBC is one of the largest IEEE student branches in western Canada. The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

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Women in Engineering

Are you a female engineering student at UBC or thinking about engineering as a future career?  If so, you’ve landed in the right place!

The Women in Engineering (WIE) program was established to support you and your peers during your academic term at UBC. We hope that, through our programs and events, you are able to connect and network with other female engineering students and faculty members to build mentoring relationships, social and study groups, professional networks, and perhaps even life-long friendships.

Visit the WIE Website

UBC Formula Electric

UBC Formula Electric, originally the UBC Electric Car Club, is a multi-disciplinary group of students working towards technologically sustainable cars. Students gain technical skills in power electronics, vehicle dynamics, mechanical assembly along with project management and business skills. The product, an electric Formula One race car, competes internationally at the Formula Electric SAE competition.

Visit the UBC Formula Electric Team Website

UBC Thunderbots

The UBC Thunderbots is an Engineering student design team focused on fully autonomous soccer-playing robots. Our robots are competition ready and we annually participate in a leagues at RoboCup. Our interdisciplinary team consists of students from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Integrated Engineering, Engineering Physics, and Computer Science. We aim to create a fun environment that encourages collaborations across departments and mentorship opportunities while fostering research initiatives on robotics at the undergraduate level.

RoboCup is an annual tournament in which over 3000 competitors from around the globe gather to compete in various robotic soccer leagues. We have had the opportunity to participate at competitions in Singapore, Mexico City and Istanbul and have ranked highly. Recently, we have placed 9th at both RoboCup 2013, Eindhoven, Netherlands and RoboCup 2014, João Pessoa, Brazil out of around 30 teams from top universities across the world. Amongst our other achievements, we have been featured in Maclean’s, 24 Hrs Vancouver, and on CNN Mexico.

We would like to extend special thanks to our faculty supervisors, Dr. Yan and Dr. Sassani. In addition, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to our sponsors, including UBC’s Faculty of Engineering, Shell Canada, Digi-Key Corporation, Zaber Technologies, APEGBC, Mathworks, Advanced Circuits, Electromate, US Digital, CBVL Robotics & Automation, Pathway Industries Inc, Maxon Precision Motors.

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UBC Solar

UBC Solar is a student team focused on the design and manufacturing of solar-powered race cars. For us, efficiency is everything.

***UBC Solar has closed recruiting for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Core Values:

  • Sustainability: Our cars compete on an international stage to promote clean energy and sustainable automotive solutions.
  • Student education – UBC Solar is a place for learning, regardless of year, experience,  or educational faculty. Whatever their interests, we seek to help our members hone their skills and find their passion.
  • Professionalism – While operating like a startup business, we teach our members how to perform in a fast-paced work environment. Professionalism is essential for producing the next generation of industry leaders.

Visit the UBC Solar Website

Formula Electric

UBC Formula Electric, originally the UBC Electric Car Club, is a multi-disciplinary group of students working towards technologically sustainable cars. Students gain technical skills in power electronics, vehicle dynamics, mechanical assembly along with project management and business skills. The product, an electric Formula One race car, competes internationally at the Formula Electric SAE competition.

Visit the UBC Formula Electric Team Website