School of Engineering graduates first Okanagan cohort

Undergraduate student numbers have exploded since the School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus opened in 2005, going from 76 students in the first year to 482 students currently studying toward their Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering.

This June, an important milestone will be reached with the graduation of the School’s first cohort of students, who began their studies in 2005.

“The ultimate goal of the School of Engineering is to graduate people who will make a difference in the world,” says Spiro Yannacopoulos, Associate Dean and Director of the School of Engineering. “As a school, we will measure our success by the success of our graduates.”

Today, the School has 36 master’s students and 34 PhD students, and the graduate program has received hundreds of applications from all over the world this year alone.

To accommodate the ever-expanding group of students, faculty and staff, a new $68-million dollar building will soon become home to the School of Engineering, the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Education.

“We have evolved into a program that is garnering a reputation for excellence across the globe,” says Yannacopoulos. “We have worked very hard to create a first-rate program with an international scope that focuses on things like team work, research opportunities, design, technology, and industry experience.”