Student Projects 2013-14

Engineers Without Borders Junior Fellow Program

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is committed to ending extreme poverty in Africa by working with local partners to implement systemic changes. The UBC chapter has sent two students overseas as Junior Fellows (JFs) in 2014 to work as volunteers building capacity in a Malawi Water Development Office and an organization in Ghana called All Voices Matter.

|Solar Natural Gas

Through this project we worked on developing a new, relatively untested technology for producing renewable energy, synthetic natural gas. We did this by creating a small scale reactor which transforms carbon dioxide and water vapor into “carbon neutral” methane (natural gas), by utilizing the following reactions.
2 H2O + energy → O2 + 2 H2 → CO2 + 4 H2 + energy → 2 H2O + CH4

Electric Mini Project

Electric conversion of a 1979 Mini Cooper 1000. Custom motor controller, battery management system and mechanical couplings designed and built by UBC Engineering students.


UBC Mine Rescue is a team of students interested in competing against other universities in the various aspects of underground search and rescue, firefighting, and first aid. The goal of the team is to produce new graduates entering industry with a strong culture of safety and familiarity with the equipment and practices used in mine rescue.