Student Projects

Student Projects is a funding category that supports co-curricular professional development activities and projects that lie outside, but yet are complementary to, the engineering curriculum.  No curriculum-based activities are eligible for funding.

Examples of Student Projects might be sponsoring conferences, competitions or events such as industry nights, and other related professional development activities. Engineering projects by non-registered APSC Engineering Design Teams are funded to a maximum of $10,000/group or team, including travel.

Final Reports


2017 CSCE Professional Development Events

The Student Chapter of the CSCE holds a variety of events throughout the school year catering towards the many different types of civil engineering. These include seminars, project presentations, workshops, and industry tours, which aim to show students first hand experiences of life as a professional engineer.


Artbot is a 4 bar linkage robotic arm that is to enter the RobotArt competition in 2017. The joints are moved by two AX-12A dynamixel, and the pen/brush is lowered and raised by a mini servo or dynamixel. The robot should process pictures with the Python OpenCV library and reinterpret it on a paper/canvas.

Engineering Physics Alumni Night

The engineering physics alumni night is an event where current students gather with professors and alumni to celebrate the success of the engineering physics program. It gives students the opportunity to network with alumni who share their experiences with the program, as well as their careers post-graduation. Since engineers physics graduates are often a very entrepreneurial group, the event often serves as a platform for students in their final year to pursue careers working for alumni. Overall the event is both fun and exciting for graduates of the program and students, while also being an excellent opportunity for networking.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Junior Fellowship (JF) Training

Junior Fellowship Training is an intensive week where the Junior Fellow (JF) cohort - 19 university students - prepare for their upcoming placements. Training involves 20 workshops that range from educational sessions on history and geo-politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, goal-setting sessions, health and safety sessions, and team-building sessions.

ESW Biodiesel Project

The biodiesel project is ESW’s main and oldest project. In the past, the club has produced and sold over 250 litres of biodiesel. We collect waste vegetable oil from UBC Food Services, clean it, and react the cleaned oil with methanol and a catalyst, in a process known as Transesterification. Glycerol is the by-product of this reaction, and this is used to make soap. The goal of the biodiesel project is to contribute to UBC’s Climate Action Plan, by producing a fuel that can be carbon-neural over its life-cycle and is inherently low-sulphur.

Geological Engineering Competition (GEC)

The GEC was a one-day geological engineering competition held on March 11, 2017. The 26 students who participated were split into teams to tackle an engineering design problem provided by industry partner Mott MacDonald. The problem involved a rock fall risk analysis, assessment, and mitigation plan for a highway along the coast of California. The rock slopes adjacent to the highway were subject to several rock fall hazards and the risk assessment involved using a variety of empirical and numerical analysis tools.

IEEE Think Engineering

Think Engineering is an annual networking dinner that connects UBC Engineering students with some of the best professional engineers in Greater Vancouver. This event is dedicated to developing the networking skills of students in electrical and computer engineering, allied branches of engineering, and the related arts and sciences. Students who attend Think Engineering are given opportunities to gain new insights and potential career opportunities through communicating with industry representatives.

IEEE Think Engineering

Think Engineering is an annual networking event organized by the IEEE club at UBC to connect UBC engineering students with industry representatives. Through this event, students of ECE will benefit in many ways. Firstly, this event will allow students to improve on their communication and interpersonal skills through networking with working professionals. As a result, students will become more well rounded and learn skills that are not taught in the classroom. Furthermore, by connecting with these working professionals, students will be able to gain a sense of what industries they are interested in and what companies operate within that industry. By allowing students to interact with professionals, they develop the skills necessary to increase the likelihood of employment and create lasting connections with representatives from various companies which will prove to be an advantage in the future. In past years, some students were offered interviews from participating companies during the event. Think Engineering is a great way for UBC to showcase their ECE students which will promote the school and the department. It is also a great experience for students to learn and grow as a future young professional.

NP129 Aircraft Test

The purpose of this project was to develop a circuit board,camera module, and software for a forest fire image recognition system, and to have it tested on board an aircraft. Developing the software required machine learning, creation of algorithms, and programing.

Persuasive Writing and Speaking Workshop Night

Alpha Omega Epsilon, with the support of Sigma Phi Delta and Gears and Queers, hosted a persuasive writing workshop night. We started with snacks, LinkedIn headshots, an introduction, and then a 25/10 crowdsourcing activity. Each attendee was able to pick two of the three thirty minute workshops.

Pro Bono Professionis

In today's economic climate, it is not always the engineering skills that you have, but the professionalism you display, that can be the difference between getting hired and not. With this in mind, Sigma Phi Delta is hosting Pro Bono Professionis, For the Good of the Profession, on October 19th at 5pm in the Engineering Student Centre. This year the theme of this development event is "Building as a Professional", to assist undergraduate students in understanding the transition from student life to professional life.

UBC BIOMOD 2017: Rolling Circle Amplification Based Sensor for miRNA Detection in Lung Cancer

The UBC BIOMOD team is currently completing a research project in the field of biomolecular nanotechnology. The 2017 project aims to deliver a cheap microRNA detection system based on rolling circle amplification as an alternative to microRNA detection with quantitative polymerase chain reaction.

Vacuum Chamber Upgrades

The goal was to repair the vacuum chamber made available to the team. Doing so would be invaluable as every single component could be tested and validated should a strong enough vacuum be created. There is also an increase in space-related teams and succeeding would be beneficial for all teams.

Weather Balloon Tests

The weather balloon tests will demonstrate the feasibility of our satellite’s payload - the ability to capture images of the earth and detect forest fires. The results and action taken as a result of this test can also be transferred to other modules of the satellite, especially in the areas of PCB and mechanical design which will in return allow the team to apply the space design specifications used on the payload modules onto other modules in the satellite.