Anas Issa is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus School of Engineering and an assistant professor at the Lakehead University .
What brought you to UBC Okanagan?
To be honest, When I finished my Masters’ studies, I applied to many universities in Canada. I always wanted to attend a top university in Canada. Aside from that, the main reason was my supervisor and his research team. They encouraged me to join UBC Okanagan, and provided all kinds of support. At the end of the day, what was there not to like about UBC Okanagan!
Who was your supervisor? How did you initially connect?
Professor Shahria Alam was an exceptional supervisor and mentor. He visited my home university, UAEU, where we first met. He was very welcoming, and didn’t save any effort to make UBC Okanagan my new home!
Describe your research while at UBC Okanagan?
I achieved many great things at the School of Engineering. I conducted cutting-edge research in the area of seismic design and protection of buildings. I developed smart bracing devices and conducted several experimental programs. UBC Okanagan also provided me the opportunity to work with many industrial partners on several projects. Among my research group, we completed several projects and won many awards.
What are some of your fondest memories from being at UBC Okanagan?
There are countless memories for me at UBC Okanagan and Kelowna. The Applied Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Structures research group is my second family. The lovely City of Kelowna and its beautiful nature! Such memories will always be there!
How have your studies at UBC Okanagan prepared you for your new faculty position?
UBC Okanagan opened many doors for me in terms of connecting with people from different backgrounds and experiences. I gained huge experience from studying and working at the School of Engineer in that regard. The different facilities, resources, and support that I discovered formulated the person I am now.
What type of research will you be doing in your faculty role?
I will continue my work and expand in more depth. UBC Okanagan helped me visualize my research and relate it to our daily lives. Ultimately, we are investigating ways to create safer and more sustainable communities for Canada and worldwide.
What does the future hold?
I believe the future holds challenges as much as opportunities. As long as we each do our part the world will be a better place! I plan to excel in my career, and create more opportunities for younger generations to achieve even greater things.