Collaborative Research Opportunities

Research is the cornerstone of success in business as it is for a successful university. At the School of Engineering, we are motivated by innovation. Our research brings impactful change for our community, our partners and our world.

For information about research opportunities and collaboration contact Colin Wilson
at 250-807-9903 or visit

$ 5,460,000

Research Funding (2017)


Research Projects

100 %

NSERC Discovery Grant success rate

45 %

Papers published in Top 10 Journals (CiteScore)

For over a decade, researchers at the School of Engineering on UBC’s Okanagan campus have been building partnerships to innovate in areas as varied as fuel-cell technology, composite materials, wearable devices, wastewater recovery, microfluidics, industry 4.0, intelligent systems, smart materials, transportation and nano-technologies.  World-class faculty and facilities enable us to support many stakeholders in the community including students, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and the general public. Our research has been concentrated into five key research clusters:

Research Beyond Disciplines

Researchers on the Okanagan campus of UBC are developing the building blocks for light-speed computing that could revolutionize the notion of what computers can do.  Through the latest innovations, our labs are developing biomedical engineering solutions that are changing health care.  Our civil engineering research teams are helping communities make better decisions about how and when to replace infrastructure and developing new and innovative materials for their replacement.


UBC has made an investment of millions of dollars in state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, and our faculty have been awarded tens of millions for research infrastructure and operation through highly competitive national grants.  Our research collaborations with industry have received Collaborative Research and Development grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) that have enabled research, training and technology transfer.

Part of the Faculty of Applied Science, the School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus is based on over 100 years of engineering teaching and research excellence on the Vancouver campus. The School has full accreditation in all three programs: Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering.

    Innovating into the Future

    Since its start in 2005, the School of Engineering has seen momentous growth in research and teaching infrastructure, as well as in its student body that now is over 1500 undergraduate and graduate students.

    The School’s growth — and growing success in research endeavours — would not have been possible without the support of industry.  We welcome new collaborations and inquiries about research partnerships.