Engineering Research Day 2016 was hosted by the Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Graduate Students Club with support from the CHBE department and Faculty of Applied Science (APSC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It was held on February 11, 2016. The event was a graduate student-driven initiative with the goal of enhancing relations between academia and industry and to connect the two communities. The theme of the event was “Energy Solutions for Sustainable Future”.
Research Day Organizing Team
The full day event included undergrad and grad students, researchers, alumni and faculty members from all engineering disciplines across the Faculty of Applied Science as well as industry representatives.
The agenda of the Research Day featured two keynotes, a centennial lecture alongside with a poster session, undergraduate student design teams and Three Minute Thesis competitions.
Poster Session, Three minute Thesis and Student Design Teams competitions showcased and exposed research projects across UBC APSC to the industrial partners. These sessions engaged the industry in the interesting projects conducted in UBC APSC with the hope of future collaborations.
CHBE-UBC Research Day- Poster Session
Key talks from the distinguished professors provided a broad picture on “Engineering solutions for sustainable future” and gave students, faculty members and industry professionals a perspective where the technology is heading. One of a particular interest to CSBE was the centennial lecture on “The Future of Fossil Carbons with Implications for Engineering” by a world-renowned specialist Prof. Axel Meisen - President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. He talked about different technology pathways to produce energy including conventional and renewable energy sources. He also talked about the emerging technologies that can use fossil fuels for other applications such as the replacement of structural steel by carbon fibres, conventional glass by polycarbonates, and copper by nano-carbons. Two other presentations concerned “Plasma Processes for Resource Recovery and Energy Applications” and “Engineering porous materials for fun and profit”.
In the afternoon session, a panel discussion on “Life after Grad School” was held. Academia, industry and entrepreneurs discussed job search strategy and entrepreneurship for graduate students.
CSBE is pleased to sponsor this event and to become part of this successful event. Mahmood Ebadian, the BC regional director of CSBE, participated in this event. He was a judge for undergraduate student design competition. He also delivered a short speech on behalf of all the event sponsors at the end of the event. He thanked the event organizers for putting such a great event together. He found the event very informative and essential for students to present their research, talk to their peers and develop their professional network by meeting and talking to the industrial representatives.