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How UVic’s aeronautical engineering team won a nation-wide competition

UVic AERO Team Members When we sat down at the awards banquet on the last night of the competition after a tireless weekend, we thought we placed third at best. So as the announcer called that another team took bronze, we assumed our shot at a podium finish was over. It wasn’t until a few moments later when we found out that we took home the gold and the $2,500 prize.

UVic Submarine Racing Club featured on CTV National News

UVic Submarine Racing Sub The UVic Submarine racing club is featured on CTV National News, Island News and the Times Colonist. The submarine club is scheduled to attend its first competition in Gosport, England, from July 3 to 12. The race will be at a depth of four or five metres and includes a slalom course at a maritime testing facility. For more information about the club and their upcoming competition please see the links below. https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.3956415 https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.3951113 http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/uvic-camosun-students-off-to-the-races-with-one-person-sub-they-built-1.23316852

MECH faculty receive reach awards

Excellence in Undergraduate Research-Inspired Teaching Stephanie Willerth, Mechanical Engineering As a world-class researcher in the field of tissue engineering, Stephanie Willerth’s classroom is rich with undergraduate student opportunities for creative production and inquiry-based learning. Linking classroom learning to real-life applications, she seamlessly incorporates wet lab experiences, in-depth projects with in-progress feedback and innovative technologies such as 3D printing to promote student learning. Undergraduates describe her scholarship and guidance as inspirational, including them with graduate students on vibrant research teams and giving them access to a state-of-the-art lab. Students thrive—completing independent research, presenting at conferences and publishing in scholarly journals—with more than 30 undergraduates published as co-authors and countless others engaged in knowledge translation and dissemination activities. Excellence in research awards David H. Turpin Gold Medal for Career Achievement in Research Ned (Nedjib) Djilali, Mechanical Engineering Imagine a time when we can heat and light our homes, drive our cars and power our many devices and appliances without such heavy reliance on fossil fuels. Ned Djilali can. That’s what’s driven his remarkable 25-year career in sustainable energy research—in particular the flow of fluids, gases, heat and charges in a variety of systems and devices. Along the way, he’s charted new paths in international fuel cell science and renewable energy systems, partnered with clean energy technology companies and organizations around the world, become one of the world’s most highly cited research engineers, and inspired the next generation of sustainable energy researchers in Canada and beyond. Excellence in Research Partnerships (L-R) Lardière, Bradley, Venn, Andersen Colin Bradley, Mechanical Engineering; David Andersen, NRC Herzberg; Olivier Lardière, NRC Herzberg; Kim Venn, Physics and Astronomy Taking the twinkle out of the stars may seem like a very unpoetic thing to do, but that’s the technology at the heart of an astronomy and engineering collaboration known as RAVEN. The project, led by UVic in partnership with NRC Herzberg, has developed advanced adaptive optics instrumentation—in effect, eyeglasses for large telescopes—that allows astronomers to peer further and more clearly into space, at multiple objects simultaneously, through the Earth’s blurry atmosphere. The RAVEN partnership successfully ended in 2017. But it will transform international astronomy research for decades to come as its technology is incorporated into the next generation of ground-based optical telescopes around the world.

Simon Park wins $15k in the South Island Open Innovation Challenge

Simon Park with The Caboost UVic engineering student Simon Park wins $15k in the South Island Open Innovation Challenge for his innovation The Caboost, a battery-powered bicycle technology. The Caboost (caboose + boost) is a small electric bicycle trailer that can adapt any bicycle to provide electric drive assistance. Read more ...

UVic Mech Alumni Successfully Get Electron Rocket to Low Earth Orbit

Michael Pearson, Leo McKee-Reid (Camosun), Shane Sagar, Cass Hussmann, Graeme Ramsey, and Simon Moffatt in front of Rocket Lab headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand On the morning of January 21st, 2018, only ten countries in history had the capabilities to launch objects into orbit. By mid-afternoon of that same day there were eleven. At 2:43 PM NZDT the Electron rocket successfully launched from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand, delivering four payloads into two different orbits. At liftoff, five of the cheering employees were either current or former UVic students with a Camosun alumni in the mix.

Rick Mercer Visits UVic's Victoria Hand Project

Rick Mercer visits Victoria Hand Project On Jan. 16, the Rick Mercer Report visited Nikolai Dechev’s lab in the Engineering/Computer Science building where the Victoria Hand Project(VHP) is based. VHP makes 3D-printed hands for the developing world. They’re currently working with on-the-ground clinicians in Nepal, Cambodia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti and Egypt to custom-fit and print prostheses at a cost of $110 for materials. To read the full article click here

"I am not a professor by accident"

Stephanie Willerth Stephanie Willerth is the Canada Research Chair in biomedical engineering and an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria. She is also the president-elect of the Canadian Biomaterials Society and the acting director of the Centre for Biomedical Research. Her cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research has had a direct and significant impact in the fields of biomaterials, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering. Stephanie is a member of the Brain Research Centre and the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries. She has served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Stem Cells since 2012 and published her first book, Engineering Neural Tissue Using Stem Cells, in 2017. To read the full article click here

Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery receives $1.4 funding from WD

Canada’s off-grid remote communities, the majority of which are Indigenous, are reliant on expensive and dirty diesel-fueled electricity generation. BC is home to a disproportionately large number of these communities. For them, marine energy—wind, wave and tidal—is the predominant local renewable energy option. What’s holding back many of these communities from investing in marine renewable technologies is the lack of available data to assess the raw resource, how they can harness the resource, and how they can synchronize a marine energy supply with local demand.

Green transportation research for heavy-duty marine, mining and transportation sectors receives $1M funding from Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan

Electrified vehicles with advanced hybrid electric propulsion systems have been proven effective for improving energy efficiency and reducing harmful emissions. However, the technology has not been widely applied to heavy-duty transportation applications due to the large variation of their operational uses and high development costs.

Harnessing the Waves

Nov 3, Since its inception in 2009, the West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI) has grown to become the centre of Canadian wave energy research and development. The WCWI—hosted by the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) at the University of Victoria—is a multi-disciplinary group of academics and industry members investigating the feasibility of wave energy conversion in British Columbia. Brad Buckham is the Director of WCWI. Terry Tarle is the President and CEO of AXYS Technologies of Sidney, BC, one of WCWI’s key partners. AXYS built all five buoys currently deployed by WCWI off the coast of Vancouver Island.

The Victoria Hand Project received attention at the 2016 BC Tech Summit in Vancouver

Jan 27, The Victoria Hand Project, a non-profit of UVic's Biomedical Design and Systems Laboratory led by Dr. Nikolai Dechev, received attention at the 2016 BC Tech Summit in Vancouver, for their work in designing and distributing of a low-cost, high-functioning, upper limb 3D-printed prostheses to people in need. Pictured are some of the project members; Joshua Coutts, Michael Pairone, Alastair Kuzmick, Alex Burden, and Dr. Nikolai Dechev, director of the Biomedical Engineering Program, and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The laboratory is focused on design and development of electro-mechanical systems with application to biomedical equipment, bio-sensors, and microsystems. The combination of mechanical systems, electronics and control (i.e. mechatronics) form the core of the research conducted in the lab. The Canadian Press coverage highlighting the project was picked up by various publications including the Globe and Mail, The Province, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, and CTV News. G&M (Source: CP) VSun VSun video UVic YouTube CTV News: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/virtual-reality-3d-printing-among-innovations-changing-medical-treatment-1.2744189 Ottawa Citizen: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/virtual+reality+printing+among+innovations+changing+medical/11662458/story.html The Province: http://www.theprovince.com/tech+toys+video+victoria+hand+project/11662975/story.html

2015 Andy Farquharson Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Students recipients!

The Faculty of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the 2015 Andy Farquharson Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Students recipients! Andreas Bergen (Department of Computer Science), Elizabeth Hagestedt (Department of Anthropology) and Usman Khan (Department of Mechanical Engineering). The award recipients will be honored at a Teaching Awards Ceremony in late Spring.