Speakers 2014

Below are the speakers from the 2014 event:

Scott Dunbar

Mining

‘Does a Mine have to be a Big Hole in the Ground? Maybe Not’

Scott Dunbar

Scott Dunbar, P.Eng.
Associate Professor and Head of the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Scott’s current research is concerned with what mining is going to look like 20, 50 even 100 years from now.

Naoko Ellis

Bio Energy

‘Bioenergy Boost!’

Naoko Ellis

Naoko Ellis, P.Eng.
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Passion for sustainability drives Naoko’s research in biomass gasification, bio-oil upgrading, biodiesel production and bio-char utilization.

Sathish Gopalakrishnan

IT

‘Real-Time in the Prime Time’

Sathish Gopalakrishnan

Sathish Gopalakrishnan, P.Eng.
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sathish’s research spans the design, modeling and analysis of computer systems. His principal interests relate to the real-time and dependability aspects of computing systems.

John Madden

Biomedical Engineering

‘Stronger, Faster, Higher? Muscle and Artificial Muscle’

John Madden

John Madden, P.Eng.
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
John researches new and unusual material applications for use in solar cells, energy storage and printable electronics. His work with artificial muscle and its small medical device applications provides a small step toward a bionic world.

James Olson

Forestry

‘Our Forests; Our Future’

James Olson

James Olson, P.Eng.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean, Research & Industrial Partnerships
James’ research focuses on transforming the BC forest sector into a vibrant bio-products industry. His work developing new materials and products provides a glimpse into the future role of forests in a sustainable world.

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New Materials

‘It’s a Materials World’

Anoush Poursartip

Anoush Poursartip, P.Eng., FCAE
Director, Composites Research Network, Professor, Department of Materials Engineering
Anoush works closely with industry to make better, lighter and more affordable and sustainable materials and structures, especially for airplanes. He is passionate about the role which materials play in improving the world we live in.

Rehan Sadiq

Clean Water

‘Waterworld’

Rehan Sadiq

Rehan Sadiq, P.Eng.
Professor, Civil Engineering, Acting Director of the UBCO School of Engineering
Rehan’s research interests include water supply systems, infrastructure management, environmental risk analysis and lifecycle thinking.

Matthew Soules

Architecture

‘All That is Solid’

Matthew Soules

Matthew Soules, MRAIC
Assistant Professor, UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Director of Matthew Soules Architecture
Matthew will share insight on how recent changes in financial investment dynamics are reshaping the cities and regions we live within and in the process challenging many prevailing ideas of the built environment’s role in the world.

Carlos Ventura

Earthquake Engineering

‘Demystifying the Big One’

Carlos Ventura

Carlos Ventura, P.Eng., FEC
Professor, Civil Engineering, Director of Earthquake Engineering Research Facility
Carlos contributes to the safety of people across Canada by studying the effects of earthquakes and ways to make buildings safer, especially school buildings; and by developing earthquake early warning systems in BC and unique techniques for earthquake damage estimation and structural health monitoring of buildings, bridges and dams.

David Wilkinson

Energy and Water

‘Passport for a Clean and Sustainable Future’

David P. Wilkinson

David P. Wilkinson, P.Eng.
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
David’s main research interests are in electrochemical and photochemical devices, materials, and processes to create clean and sustainable energy and water while reducing environmental impact.