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.

Dr. Yang Shi named ASME fellow

Dr. Yang Shi has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)—the highest elected grade of the society’s membership, awarded to members who have attained excellence in mechanical engineering and who have contributed actively to the progress of their profession and to society. ASME referred to Yang as “an internationally leading scholar in networked and distributed control systems, and cyber-physical systems.” His research also contributes to practical applications including mobile robotics, quadrotors and energy systems. He was also recently inducted as the Fellow of Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in March 2016.

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: Ottawa Citizen: The Province:

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.

UVic aerospace centre flies high with funding boost

July 23, forest fire management will be one of the applications of new technology being developed by University of Victoria’s Centre for Aerospace Research (CfAR) which received new funding today from Western Economic Diversification. In the three years since its inception, the centre has become a Canadian leader in Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) research, design, and flight testing. CfAR-developed aircraft, called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs, and customized payloads are currently undergoing design and testing for a wide variety of applications such as wildlife monitoring, agriculture, mining exploration using remote sensing technology, and search and rescue.

Dr. Yang Shi wins Craigdarroch silver medal for excellence in research

Imagine a world where robotic surgery is performed on a patient in Whitehorse—by a doctor located in Victoria? That world is not far off, thanks in part to the groundbreaking work of mechanical engineer Yang Shi, an expert in the long-distance control of machines and electrical systems, also known as networked control systems. Since joining UVic in 2009, Shi has quickly established himself as an international force in his field. In 2014 he was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the top one per cent most cited researchers in his field in the world—a remarkable accomplishment for such a young researcher.

Congratulations! Arthur Makosinski for the 2015 UVic President's Distinguished Service Award.

Congratulations! Arthur Makosinski for the 2015 UVic President's Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Arthur Makosinski has received the 2015 President's Distinguished Service Award. As the “longest serving” technical staff members, Mr. Arthur Makosinski is the Laboratory Manager of Mechanical Engineering. He runs the daily operation of all teaching labs, supports all research labs, and designs and develops new lab equipment for Mechanical Engineering as well as the new engineering programs, whenever assistance is needed. In addition, he also generates and maintains the course schedule and graduate student office space for Mechanical Engineering, filling the gap of the Program Assistant role in the department since the founding day. Read more ...

Dr. Stephanie Willerth Receives Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering

Imagine if doctors had easy access to personalized, engineered tissues, to treat the diseased or damaged neural tissue of patients? Such tissues would be produced by combining stem cells derived from patients, with scaffolding that reproduces the environment of healthy tissue. This would eliminate the need to find matching donor organs. Read more ...

In Memoriam of Dr. Joanne Laura Wegner

Our beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Joanne Laura Wegner passed away on September 13th, 2014. Dr. Wegner was one of the founding members of our Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria (UVic) and started her teaching career in 1988. She received her BSc of Mechanical Engineering in 1982 from University of Calgary, MSc and PhD of Mechanical Engineering from University of Alberta in 1984 and 1988, respectively. Read more ...

UVic Team wins Electric Mobility Canada competition for second time

November 10, 2014. Our UVic team has won the Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) annual competition that challenges combined teams of engineering and business students to come up with a plan to improve electric vehicle infrastructure and promote the adoption of electric vehicles in Canada. Read more ...

Ancient technology, meet the future of underwater archaeology

Using some of the newest technologies in underwater archaeology, Quentin Mackie (anthropology) and Alison Proctor (engineering) may have discovered one of the oldest archaeological finds in Canada. Right now all they know for sure is that they’ve discovered a line of basketball-sized rocks on the seafloor. Those rocks may well add to the mounting evidence about the ingenuity of an ice age people who lived and thrived on the west coast of Canada while much of Europe was still under ice. It’s a tantalizing possibility. Read more ...

Aerospace systems engineer Afzal Suleman is one of three new Canada Research Chairs at UVic.

Afzal Suleman is one of University of Victoria’s three newest Canada Research Chairs. Dr. Suleman is a tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Computational and Experimental Mechanics. Dr. Suleman is using advanced computational tools to develop state-of-the-art sustainable designs for the next generation of aerospace transportation systems. Read more ...