Engineering co-op announces contributions and awards

Canada’s National Co-operative Education Week begins March 22, and as UBC Co-op celebrates its 30th year, the UBC Engineering Co-op Program is showcasing the contributions of students to technical research projects across campus. 

Examples include: an electrical engineering student working on ways to enhance a treatment technique currently available for prostate cancer; a civil engineering student working with formulas and additives to increase the strength of concrete; and a mechanical engineering student working to implement safe, comfortable and useful interactions between humans and robots.

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The UBC Vancouver Engineering Co-op award winners were announced at the engineering co-op graduation reception held March 4 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel.

Civil engineering student Amie Dawe, who successfully completed five co-op work terms both locally and internationally, is the 2009-2010 Engineering Co-op Student of the Year. She worked for Douglas Partners Pty Ltd in Australia, as well as TYAM and Urban Systems.

Prof.  Rabab Ward is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Engineering Co-op Faculty of the Year award for her support of the Engineering Co-op program. This year, Ward was instrumental in attaining $67,500 for 15 NSERC salary subsidized co-op positions in 2010.

SAP, the world’s leading provider of business software which delivers products and services to more than 25 industries, is the 2009-2010 Engineering Co-op Employer of the Year. For the past 11 years, SAP has shown a strong commitment to providing engineering co-op students with meaningful work experiences and high quality supervision. To date, SAP has hired 78 engineering students (37 in computer, 22 in electrical and 19 in Master of Software Systems).

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