Engineers Without Borders (EWB), UBC Chapter

The Engineers Without Borders UBC Chapter is a launching pad for ideas to create a new generation of critical thinkers focused on alleviating poverty and to abolish apathy. We are growing a culture of feedback and demonstrate our values by actually changing the world through the ventures we operate and the outcome areas we support. EWB UBC is facilitating connection amongst UBC community members and introducing them to new perspectives in order to foster better global, holistic thinkers and actors.


Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Vancouver Professional Chapter

EWB Vancouver City Network is a dynamic group of leaders who are interested in creating systemic change. We learn about systems thinking to create systemic innovations to accelerate development in Africa and transform the engineering profession in Canada. We engage in dialogue with other EWBers and experts in various aspects of development to gain knowledge of the system we’re trying to change. We partner with other leaders to create events to raise awareness of aid and development in Africa, global engineering in university classrooms and at the workplace, and fair trade among the public.

Vancouver Island University

ENGR 121 is the second half of a project-based design curriculum offered within the Fundamentals of Engineering certificate program at VIU. Collectively, this curriculum provides an introduction to engineering design, the profession, engineering ethics, project management, sustainability, and team-based learning. One of the major deliverables from ENGR 121 is a cornerstone design project which brings many of these learning topics together.

Students completing the Fundamentals of Engineering certificate at VIU are qualified for entry into 2nd year Engineering at UBC, UVic, and SFU.



eng•cite is the working name of the Goldcorp Professorship for Women in Engineering at UBC. The Professorship – established in 2014 – is a vital aspect of the UBC Faculty of Applied Science’s efforts to promote the engineering field to young women, to meet its goal to increase female enrollment in Engineering to 50% and to address a national shortage of engineers expected by 2020.

The Goldcorp Professorship is a catalyst of change for the engineering field, with a commitment to help UBC become the national leader for gender diversity in engineering. Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, who holds the Professorship, works with teachers, counsellors, parents and high school students to promote engineering education, and provide mentorship and role models for young women who might not otherwise consider or pursue engineering education and careers.


UBC Engineering First Year (APSC 100/101)

APSC 100 and 101 are the first year, Introduction to Engineering courses at UBC. These courses have a strong design framework where students complete multiple design projects.

UBC MECH 223 Mechanical Design

MECH 223 is the design course in Mech 2, the award-winning second-year Mechanical Engineering program at UBC.

Students in MECH 223 will be completing two team design projects involving resource-sensitive design. Twenty teams will compete in a challenging series of tasks with their vehicle designs. Highly ranked teams will be invited to participate in the Design Expo.


Geering Up

Geering Up UBC Engineering & Science for Kids is a non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to promoting science, engineering and technology to the children and youth of British Columbia through fun, innovative and hands-on experiments and projects. Geering Up strives to reach all children and youth, regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture or socio-economic status, with special outreach for those groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Geering Up provides valuable work experience to its employees, and enriches the University and community.

Geering Up holds in-class STEM workshops for high school students in the winter and then for all grades in the spring. Feel free to contact us if you would like to book a workshop for your school! We also hold summer camps at the UBC campus in July and August, and we are hoping to bring in the theme of resource-sensitive design to complement the ICED 2017 Design Fair and Expo. Through our partnership with ICED, projects made during the 2017 Geering Up Summer Camps can even be entered in the Design Fair and Expo! Sign up for our mailing list on our website for more info about summer camps!