Senior appointments for AMM researchers

Congratulations to Professors Steve Feng and Daan Maijer. Daan succeeds Warren Poole as head of UBC’s Department of Materials Engineering, after Warren’s ten years at the helm. Steve takes over as head of Mechanical Engineering.

New Assistant Professor joins AMM

The Advanced Materials and Manufacturing cluster is delighted to welcome Rebecca Schaller into UBC’s Department of Materials Engineering. Dr Schaller joins UBC from the University of Virginia’s Centre for Electrochemical Science. She has a strong research background in corrosion engineering, with an emphasis on understanding corrosion properties of a material from the local scale to better predict corrosion rates at the macro scale. Her two main areas of focus concern hydrogen embrittlement; specifically development and application of local and spatial detection techniques, and the corrosion of 3D printed materials; how their novel microstructures govern local scale interactions.

AMM Researchers elected to the Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Professor Laurel Schafer and Professor Guy Dumont who have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. These are richly deserved achievements that mark the pinnacle of research excellence within Canadian academia.

CFI win for advanced manufacturing at UBC

Professor Steve Cockcroft and colleagues are delighted to announce a $19m, multi institutional award to support additive manufacturing research in Canada.  The award is supported by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the BC Knowledge Development Fund, other Provinces and industry partners.  The funding is shared with Waterloo, Dalhousie and McGill and represents a significant new national platform for AM research in Canada.

New e-beam manufacturing facility opens at UBC

Professor Steve Cockcroft and his colleagues launch new $2m centre for excellence for e-beam manufacturing within UBC’s advanced materials and process engineering laboratory, with generous funding support from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund and Canadian company CANMORA Tech.

DLR@UBC signs MOU with MTU Maintenance Canada Ltd.

The University of British Columbia, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and MTU Maintenance Canada Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, marking the next step in the growth of the DLR@UBC initiative.

Big NSERC gains for UBC advanced manufacturing research

UBC mechanical engineering professor Yusuf Altintas, P.Eng., has been awarded one of four 2016 Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), valued at $5.5 million over five years. Learn More

Collaboration with Germany and UBC

The University of British Columbia was honoured to meet Stafan Muller, Parliamentary Secretary of State, Ministry of Education and Research Germany. The delegation from Germany were here to discuss collaboration between Germany and UBC. In particular, the DLR@UBC partnership was highlighted with a visit to the Composites Research Network in the Brimacombe building. Professor Fernlund, Drs. Nobeiry and Mobuchon hosted the visitors. Learn More

Launch of DLR@UBC: Materials and Structures for Global Mobility
DLR@UBC: Materials and Structures for Global Mobility

DLR@UBC: Materials and Structures for Global Mobility

L/R: Marc Parlange (Dean, Applied Science), Josef Beck (German Consulate General in Vancouver), Helen Burt (VP Research & International, pro tem), Elizabeth Croft (Associate Dean, Applied Science), Heinz Voggenreiter (Director, DLR), Warren Poole (Scientific Director, AMM)
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New International Partnership Launch

The University of British Columbia will be launching a new international partnership on Monday September 19th, 2016. The launch event will be hosted at UBC’s Vancouver campus.

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2017 Acta Materialia Hollomon Award for Materials & Society

AMM’s Scientific Director,Dr. Warren Poole, is the recipient of the 2017 Acta Materialia Hollomon Award for Materials & Society. Dr. Poole’s research into the properties of lightweight metals has led him to create safe, mass-producible alloy automobile parts that could reduce fuel use and greenhouse gases emitted by vehicles in Canada by 40 percent by 2025. He holds a leading position in the field of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), is a member of multiple international conference committees and advisory boards, has facilitated industry-academy partnerships in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, and continues to teach, advise, and develop curricula for both undergraduates and graduate students. Read More.

Avcorp Industries and UBC agree to pursue innovative partnership

Avcorp Industries and the University of British Columbia have agreed to explore the establishment of a Learning Factory for Advanced Composites at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The two parties, represented by Avcorp CEO Peter George and UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard, signed an MOU today at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom. Through the development of a composites research and production facility at the UBC Okanagan Innovation Precinct, as well as an integrated digital simulation facility at UBC’s Vancouver campus, the Learning Factory will provide Avcorp Industries enhanced ability to evaluate and improve manufacturing efficiency.

UBC engineers inducted as CAE Fellows

AMM theme leads Steven Cockcroft (Materials Engineering) and Elizabeth Croft (Mechanical Engineering), have been inducted as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. They join AMM theme leads Anoush Poursartip and Yusuf Altintas as Fellows of the Academy. The ceremony took place in Winnipeg, in conjunction with the Academy’s Annual General Meeting on June 27, 2016.

Steven Cockcroft For significant contributions as a globally recognized expert in manufacturing process engineering through industrial experiments and modelling of casting processes and defects with over 15 top Canadian and International producers; a recognized world expert on aluminum alloy wheel casting and aerospace-grade titanium remelting; and for over 25 years of outstanding contributions to the UBC Engineering Community through excellence in teaching of undergraduates, educating of over 50 graduate students, pivotal contributions as Department Head and Dean Pro Tem in hiring the next generation of faculty members, and championing the use of UBC facilities as a “Living Laboratory” for alternative energy research.

Elizabeth Croft Dr. Croft is an internationally respected figure in robotics, particularly robot trajectory planning and human-robot interaction. She has written over 150 scholarly articles in these broad areas. Dr. Croft is an international leader in recruiting women into engineering. As the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, and as Associate Dean of Engineering at UBC, Dr. Croft was a prime driving force behind the almost doubling of the number of women in engineering at UBC. Dr. Croft’s service and research excellence have been recognized through the awarding of major provincial, national and international awards.

Election to the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) is one of the highest professional honours accorded an engineer. Fellows have distinguished themselves in different sectors including business, academia and government and in different roles such as business management, executive management, technical and university faculty. Fellows of the CAE are nominated and elected by their peers (current CAE Fellows) to honorary fellowship in the Academy, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

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Dr. Anoush Poursartip elected a SAMPE Fellow

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Anoush Poursartip, Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering and Director of the Composites Research Network has been elected a SAMPE Fellow by the Society for Advanced Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE, for distinguished contributions in the fields of materials and processes. The citation reads: “Dr. Anoush Poursartip has been the driving force and innovator for the continuous development of simulation tools to meet the needs of DoD, NASA and OEM’s/Tier 1 companies. These tools were specifically for the complex design, development, manufacturing and interaction of composites materials, tooling and finished hardware for primary and secondary structure. His work is best illustrated by the use of simulation tools with The Boeing Company over the entire lifetime of the 787’s development.