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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.