Engineering Graduate Student Society hosts second annual Graduate Symposium


The second annual Graduate Symposium was hosted by the Engineering Graduate Student Society on Monday, June 8th.

Attendees had the opportunity to network with fellow graduate students from UBC and 20 students and 5 faculty from Heilbronn University that traveled to UBC’s Okanagan campus for the symposium.

Dr. Spiro Yannacopoulos, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering on UBC’s Okanagan campus, opened the Symposium by welcoming students.

During the morning session, 16 posters were on display and presenters were judged on a three minute presentation followed by three minutes of questions. In addition, a small trade show was set up to highlight attending companies, and industry representatives were invited to the evening banquet.

Dr. Miriam Grant, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost Research, welcomed attendees and referenced the excellent research being conducted on UBC’s Okanagan campus by graduate students.

27 oral presentations were scheduled during four afternoon sessions.  Each presentation was 12 minutes in length, followed by three minutes of questions.

The evening banquet included a keynote speech by Malcolm Metcalf, Founder and CTO of Enbala Power Networks and current School of Engineering PhD student.  Seven awards were also presented: three for poster presentations, and four for oral presentations.  The winners were:

Best Poster Presentation

  • Nivedita Mahesh, MASc student, Mechanical Engineering
  • Armin Rashidi Mehrabadi, MASc student, Mechanical Engineering
  • Behzad Mohajer, PhD student, Mechanical Engineering

Oral Presentation – Civil Engineering

  • Ehssan Hosseini Koupaie, PhD student

Oral Presentation – Electrical Engineering

  • Xuan Du, PhD student

Oral Presentation – Mechanical Engineering

  • Majid Targhagh, MASc student
  • Sepehr Zarifmansour, MASc student





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