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With the Next Big Things in mining global citizenship, sustainable transit and roboethics, the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Applied Science's professors and students are improving people's lives through excellence, innovation and the advancement of knowledge. Our magazine also includes alumni updates and upcoming events.

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  • FACULTY OF APPLIED SCIENCE ENGINEERING NEWS FALL 2012 / WINTER 2013

    THE NEXT BIG THINGS IN:

    MINING GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

    SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT

    ROBOT ETHICS

    SOLAR POWER

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    Alumni profiles and reunion updates find out what your classmates have been up to!

    Reunions are but one way to reconnect with classmates and your alma mater. Discover upcoming events open to alumni and the public.

    Contents

    A L U M N I U P D AT E S

    U P C O M I N G E V E N T S

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    From micromirrors in carbon forests to tapping the potential of mine waste to negotiating your salary, learn from UBC Engineering news.

    N E W S W O RT H Y

    Got ginch? Find out how our alum helps those in need. And learn how one student helps reduce water consumption.

    O U R P E O P L E

    Mining The Next Big Thing in Global Citizenship

    The Next Big Thing in Urban Planning

    The Next Big Thing in Roboethics and Solar Power

    UBCs Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering is poised to advance best practices in Mongolia and around the world.

    The worlds largest cities are resorting to tough love to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, according to UBC urban planning and transportation expert Jinhua Zhao. And students at the School of Engineering develop an active transit plan.

    Wonder how your robot should behave? Seeking the latest clean energy solution? Discover the next big things from UBC Engineering research.

    F E AT U R E S

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    I N G E N U I T Y / FA L L 2 0 1 2 / W I N T E R 2 0 1 3

    W E L C O M E

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    ...thank you for the tremendous support youve

    given me over the past year; it has been a pleasure to

    meet so many of you. Eric Hall, Dean Pro Tem

    Deans Message

    PHOTO CREDIT: DON ERHARDT

    Eric Hall Dean Pro Tem

    To view past issues of Ingenuity, visit: www.engineering.ubc.ca/publications.

    I N G E N U I T Y is published by the Faculty of Applied Science, The University of British Columbia. www.apsc.ubc.caE D I TO R A N D W R I T E RErinRose HandyCommunications ManagerEmail: editor.ingenuity@apsc.ubc.caCO N T R I B U T I N G W R I T E R SSarah Barclay Lorraine ChanJonathan DoanSherry GreenJoday JacobWendy McHardyLauren RivaJeannie Scarfe Courtney SmithOliver Zihlmann

    D E S I G N A N D P R O D U C T I O Nseedideas.ca

    T H E FAC U LT Y S E N G I N E E R I N G AC T I V I T I E S I N C LU D E T H E FO L LOW I N G :Departments and ProgramsBiomedical EngineeringChemical and Biological EngineeringCivil EngineeringElectrical and Computer EngineeringEngineering PhysicsEnvironmental EngineeringGeological EngineeringIntegrated EngineeringMaterials EngineeringMechanical EngineeringNorman B. Keevil Institute of Mining EngineeringSchool of EngineeringOffice of the DeanCentre for Instructional SupportCentre for Professional Skills DevelopmentDevelopment and Alumni RelationsEngineering Co-op Office

    THE FACULTY PARTICIPATES IN SEVERAL RESEARCH C E N T R E S A N D L A B O R ATO R I E S , I N C LU D I N G :Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL)Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC)Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS)Michael Smith LaboratoriesPulp and Paper CentreM A I L I N G A D D R E S SIngenuityUBC Faculty of Applied Science5000 2332 Main MallVancouver, BC V6T 1Z4U P DAT E YO U R A D D R E S SEmail: alumni@apsc.ubc.caPhone: 604-822-8335Online: www.alumni.ubc.ca/contact/address.phpG O I N G G R E E NTo receive Ingenuity electronically, visit: www.engineering.ubc.ca/goinggreen.

    PUBLICATIONS MAIL AGREEMENTNO. 40602510RETURN UNDELIVERABLE MAIL TOUBC FACULTY OF APPLIED SCIENCE50 0 02332 MAIN MALLVANCOUVER, BC V6T 1Z4INFO@APSC.UBC.CA

    INGENUITY Fall 2012 / Winter 2013 INGENUITY Fall 2012 / Winter 2013

    ON THE COVERRaw copper ore. UBCs Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering is poised to advance best practices in Mongolia and around the world.

    Photo by: Martin Dee

    Dear UBC Engineering alumni and friends,

    With the end of the fall term at UBC comes the Engineering Undergraduate Societys annual holiday caroling, bringing cheer and their Red spirit to all. Whether or not you took part in these festivities as a student, they remind us to take time to celebrate our successes. Even as the students celebrate the holidays with their revelry, they are preparing for careers in important fields where they can truly help people and make a difference.

    Speaking of our students, they have voted to increase their fees in order to replace the dilapidated Cheeze clubhouse with the planned Engineering Student Centre. But their fees alone will not cover the entire cost. We continue to need your support the support of our alumni and friends to develop this new space for our students (see p. 14). On the topic of celebrating successes, Im delighted to recognize two major partnerships that will be hosted by UBC. The first, the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS), is a $30 million project supported by the Canadian government and state and industry partners in India (see p. 13).

    The second major government-funded partnership announced is a $25 million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency to establish the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID). The successful proposal led by our Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering in partnership with Simon Fraser University and cole Polytechnique de Montral establishes a coalition to deliver knowledge and technical assistance aimed at helping resource-rich developing countries manage their natural resources responsibly and transparently (see p. 7).

    These projects showcase how UBC Applied Science people work together with other academic, nonprofit and industry partners to lead in global citizenship making an impact and helping people worldwide.

    In closing, thank you for the tremendous support youve given me over the past year; it has been a pleasure to meet so many of you. Im delighted to inform you that the next Dean of Applied Science was recently approved by the UBC Board of Governors. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Marc Parlange as our next dean. An expert in water resources engineering, he is currently professor and dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at cole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. As dean there he led the development and expansion of the school by recruiting outstanding faculty, establishing interdisci-plinary academic programs, successful fundraising and building institutional connections throughout Europe. His appointment will begin July 1, 2013 (see p. 14).

    Thank you for your continued support of the UBC Faculty of Applied Science.

    Best regards,

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  • 32

    Alumni profiles and reunion updates find out what your classmates have been up to!

    Reunions are but one way to reconnect with classmates and your alma mater. Discover upcoming events open to alumni and the public.

    Contents

    A L U M N I U P D AT E S

    U P C O M I N G E V E N T S

    22

    21

    From micromirrors in carbon forests to tapping the potential of mine waste to negotiating your salary, learn from UBC Engineering news.

    N E W S W O RT H Y

    Got ginch? Find out how our alum helps those in need. And learn how one student helps reduce water consumption.

    O U R P E O P L E

    Mining The Next Big Thing in Global Citizenship

    The Next Big Thing in Urban Planning

    The Next Big Thing in Roboethics and Solar Power

    UBCs Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering is poised to advance best practices in Mongolia and around the world.

    The worlds largest cities are resorting to tough love to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, according to UBC urban planning and transportation expert Jinhua Zhao. And students at the School of Engineering develop an active transit plan.

    Wonder how your robot should behave? Seeking the latest clean energy solution? Discover the next big things from UBC Engineering research.

    F E AT U R E S

    4

    8

    10

    I N G E N U I T Y / FA L L 2 0 1 2 / W I N T E R 2 0 1 3

    W E L C O M E

    12

    18

    ...thank you for the tremendous support youve

    given me over the past year; it has been a pleasure to

    meet so many of you. Eric Hall, Dean Pro Tem

    Deans Message

    PHOTO CREDIT: DON ERHARDT

    Eric Hall Dean Pro Tem

    To view past issues of Ingenuity, visit: www.engineering.ubc.ca/publications.

    I N G E N U I T Y is published by the Faculty of Applied Science, The University of British Columbia. www.apsc.ubc.caE D I TO R A N D W R I T E RErinRose HandyCommunications ManagerEmail: editor.ingenuity@apsc.ubc.caCO N T R I B U T I N G W R I T E R SSarah Barclay Lorraine ChanJonathan DoanSherry GreenJoday JacobWendy McHardyLauren RivaJeannie Scarfe Courtney SmithOliver Zihlmann

    D E S I G N A N D P R O D U C T I O Nseedideas.ca

    T H E FAC U LT Y S E N G I N E E R I N G AC T I V I T I E S I N C LU D E T H E FO L LOW I N G :Departments and ProgramsBiomedical EngineeringChemical and Biological EngineeringCivil EngineeringElectrical and Computer EngineeringEngineering PhysicsEnvironmental EngineeringGeological EngineeringIntegrated EngineeringMaterials EngineeringMechanical EngineeringNorman B. Keevil Institute of Mining EngineeringSchool of EngineeringOffice of the DeanCentre for Instructional SupportCentre for Professional Skills DevelopmentDe