UBC engineers inducted as Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellows

UBC professors Thomas Oxland (Mechanical Engineering) and Robert Schober (Electrical & Computer Engineering) have been inducted as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. The induction ceremony took place June 2 in Vancouver in conjunction with the Academy’s 2011 Annual General Meeting and Symposium.

Thomas Oxland’s principal areas of research and development contribution include the biomechanics of the normal and pathological spine, spinal column and spinal cord injury, orthopaedic implants and surgical techniques. He and his colleagues have documented novel surgical and medicinal approaches to treating these potentially devastating conditions. The scope of the work includes bioengineering research studies, optimizations of treatments for spinal cord injury and medical product development. Overall, his 141 journal publications have been cited over 3,100 times (Web of Science). Furthermore, he was the main research and development engineer for novel spinal implants (BAK) that remain in clinical use today, more than ten years after the initial surgeries.

Robert Schober has made outstanding contributions to the field of wireless communication. His single-antenna interference cancellation (SAlC) algorithm for the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) has been licensed to several companies and implemented in hundreds of millions of mobile phones. Over the last decade he has made several pioneering contributions to the theory, design and application of signal detection in fast fading channels, space-time coding, widely-linear processing, and ultra-wideband signaling.

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