Tour of Powertech Labs

IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) has organized a field trip to Powertech Labs located on 12388 88 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 7R7.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Please sign up in the IEEE room before this Friday.

There are only a limited number of seats. Please note, this event is free – but everyone must arrange their own transportation!

Here is a brief outline of how the afternoon will look like. There will be a 1.5 hour presentation:

· Welcome & Introduction- Raymond Ling

· Electrical – 10 minutes

· Mechanical-10 minutes

· Applied Material-10 minutes

· Chemistry-10 minutes

· Software- 10 minutes

· System studies-10 minutes

· Smart Utilities and EV- 10 minutes

· Co-op Opportunities & hiring procedures - 15 minutes- Susie Franzke

After the presentation we will have a tour of the following laboratory: Electrical Labs (High Power Lab, High Voltage Lab, High Current Lab), Smart Utility & Electric Vehicle Lab, Applied Chemistry, Mechanical and Applied Materials Laboratories.

After the tour we can have snacks & drinks and a chance to mingle with the students.

IEEE Vancouver Gala and AGM!

Please join us for this year’s Annual General Meeting and Gala! We have an exciting evening planned for our members and friends – a great venue, delicious food, an outstanding keynote speaker and the opportunity to network with your friends and colleagues!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. George Tyc – CTO, Urthecast

Topic: “Urthecast's Ultra HD Video Platform on the International Space Station"

Dr. George Tyc will speak about the technology and business behind Vancouver-based Urthecast's space-based ultra-high definition video system. This system is now on board the International Space Station and will shortly be available to 3rd party developers to create new applications in real-time Earth monitoring.

  • Location: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown (Crystal Ballroom), 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • Date: Saturday, March 7th, 2015
  • Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tickets: $20 for student members
  • Registration:
  • Deadline: March 3rd 2015 @ 12pm.

Questions? Contact: Lee Vishloff (

IEEE COMSOC: Fortinet Open House!

Fortinet is looking to hire full time students so priority will be given to graduating students but all students are welcome. And make sure you bring your resumes!!

The program is as follows:
- Company Overview
- Overview of Fortinet products
- New Grad Panel
- Activity for Students
- Break-out Session

Time: February 27th from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: 400-4190 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby

Cost: Free

Register By: Saturday, February 21st 2015

We will be meeting at the UBC IEEE Office in MCLD 319 and heading out to the Fortinet office as a group. We will leave the office at exactly 11 AM so make sure you arrive before that. If you plan on making it to the Fortinet office on your own, make sure you aren't late!

If you would like to attend please fill in the following form:



UBC IEEE Boardgames Night!

UBC IEEE is planning a boardgames night before Reading Break! There might be some people from Food Science coming over to join us and bringing some microwave sweets! Drop in any time and pizza will be here at around 6:30pm. We have the following games:

Monopoly Deal
The Settlers of Catan

Location: Kaiser 2020/2030
Date: Friday, February 13
Time: 16:00 to 21:00(?)

RSVP on Facebook:


Technical Tour: Ultrasonix Medical Corporation

The Vancouver chapter of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society is organizing a technical site tour to Ultrasonix Medical Corporation.

The company develops and manufactures diagnostic ultrasound systems designed to make ultrasound easy to use in many areas of patient care. More than 7000 Ultrasonix systems have been sold worldwide.

Date:  Monday 23rd  February

Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Cost: Free but registration is required by February 13th

How to Register!

- Email: to register and indicate if you have IEEE EMB membership. Space is limited to 25 people and priority will be given to IEEE EMB members.

- If your registration is successful, you will receive confirmation on February 16th.

OPTICS Summer Institute - FUNDED Opportunity

Are you a Masters, Doctoral or Post-Doctoral student engaged in research related to optical sensing technologies? Are you interested in meeting other graduate students from Canada and India, connecting with top Canadian and international researchers in this field? 

IC-IMPACTS has launched a Summer Institute, an annual event that brings graduate students  from all over Canada and India to come together for a robust, one week program where they will learn advanced research techniques, collaborate together on challenges, and hear from industry representatives in the optical sensing space.  We’re helping these graduate students build their skills in research, commercialization, leadership, and helping them build relationships with researchers and industry leaders from around the world.  

Our first Summer Institute will be held in Toronto, Canada in June 2015 and space is limited….visit the website to find out how you can participate in this exciting week-long program. Only 50 graduate students from Canada and India will be selected to participate. Students accepted to attend will have their flights and accommodation covered. For more information and to apply, click on the link above or view the poster attachment. 

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact me directly. We look forward to receiving your completed application.

Kind regards,

Helena Fehr

Manager of Training Programs

IC-IMPACTS Centres of Excellence

Telephone: 604.827.1588 Email: Website:

Sign-up for THINK ENGINEERING 2015

Would you like to build your professional network, explore opportunities in industry, or perhaps find connections for your next co-op job? Think Engineering is an annual networking event that aims to connect and engage students in the Greater Vancouver area with leading members of industry.

Think Engineering is an annual networking event organized and hosted by the IEEE Student Branches at UBC, SFU and BCIT. The event includes cocktail reception, a three course dinner with representatives from a company of your choice, Q&A sessions and so on. Students will have opportunities to network with over 50 industry representatives such as Human Resources and Professional Engineers. Attending companies confirmed to date include Teradici, Intel, Solaris, BC Hydro, MDA, Ericsson, Google, Microsoft and more.

Location: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
Time: 5 PM to 10 PM, January 30, 2015
Price: $30 for IEEE members, $35 for Non-IEEE members.

Visit our website at for updates in companies attending. Registration begins January 12 and is open to all UBC Engineering students, regardless of discipline.

Medical Technology Seminar at Surrey Innovation Boulevard

Date: Friday, January 16, 2015

Time: 8:30am to 3:30pm

Venue: UBC Lecture Theatre, Surrey Memorial Hospital, (Critical Care Tower)

Cost: Free

Seminar Goals:

  • To provide an interactive forum for researchers and medical technology companies to connect with potential partners, collaborators, investors, and government organizations
  • To highlight technologies that are on the verge of tech transfer out of the research realm and have discussions around the logistical, regulatory and business challenges that come with moving technology from a research to commercial product
  • To connect SME and investigators with Multinational companies (Philips, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson and Roche)

Keynote Speaker:

  • Dr Cynthia Nolte
    Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
    ICON plc, Boston
    Talk: Navigating the Regulatory Environment

Please note that registration is required. 

To RSVP and reserve a seat, please register by email: or here

Registration deadline: Jan 14, 2015


IEEEmadC - Mobile Applications Development Contest

IEEEmadC (Mobile Applications Development Contest) is a new contest organized by IEEE for all IEEE Student Members across the globe. In IEEEmadC, teams of up to three students are invited to devise and develop mobile applications that could contribute to the IEEE community or apply technology for humanity.

IEEEmadC was created to provide IEEE Students with additional competitive activities in the scope of computer science. 

Check out the official web page:, or Facebook page:

IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2015

Challenge: Heart Rate Monitoring During Physical Exercise Using Wrist-Type Photoplethysmographic (PPG) Signals.

For details of the competition project, please visit:


The IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) invites your participation in the Second Annual SP Cup, a competition for undergraduate students to be held at the 2015 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in Brisbane, Australia. This competition aims to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to form teams and work together to solve a challenging, interesting real-world problem using signal processing techniques. Three top teams will be selected to present their work at ICASSP 2015, where prizes will also be awarded.

Participation in the Competition:
Each team participating in the competition is to be composed of one faculty member (to supervise the team members), one graduate student (to assist the supervisor), and at least three but no more than 10 undergraduate students. At least three of the undergraduate team members must be IEEE SPS members or student members.

Participating teams must submit their projects by Friday, 6 February 2015. Each submission should include a report, in the form of an IEEE conference paper, on the technical details of the methods used and the results, as well as the programs developed (MATLAB is preferred). Participating teams must register to join the competition no later than Friday, 16 January 2015. On 27 February 2015, the top three teams will be identified to participate in the final competition at ICASSP 2015.

Official Page:
Online registration:

Important Dates:
January 16, 2015 (Friday): SP Cup online registration closes
February 6, 2015 (Friday): Submission deadline for participating teams
February 27, 2015 (Friday): Announcement of the final three teams
April 20, 2015: Final competition at ICASSP 2015

Team Prizes:
The champion: $5,000
The first runner-up: $2,500
The second runner-up: $1,500

Each team invited to ICASSP 2015 will have their travel expenses supported by the SPS. Each team member is offered up to $1,200 for continental travel, or $1,700 for intercontinental travel. A maximum of three members per team will be eligible for travel support.

To join the competition, your team has to register by January 16, 2015. All undergraduate students are encouraged to participate. Please feel free to distribute this email to students, friends, and colleagues who may be interested in this competition.

Technical problems:
General enquiry:

Bio Imaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee (BISP TC)
IEEE SPS Student Services Committee

Past, Present, and Future - Insights and Advice from the IEEE Life Members

The Vancouver chapters of three Affinity Group - IEEE Life members, Women in Engineering and Young Professionals - are hosting a joint event that will feature IEEE life members sharing their experiences, the challenges they faced, the lessons they learned, and provide some practical advice.

Register Here:

Wednesday,November 12, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kwantlen Polytechnic University,
Richmond Campus, Conference Centre A,
8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, B.C

Dominic Vogel, Information security analyst, First West Credit Union
Dr. Hermann W. Dommel, Professor Emeritus, , Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia
Dr. K.D. Srivastava, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia

IEEE Vancouver Life members Affinity Group
IEEE Vancouver Women in Engineering Affinity Group
IEEE Vancouver Young Professionals Affinity Group

IEEE Members - Hot Pot & Drinks!

The IEEE UBC Student Branch would like to invite you to join us for delicious hot pot! But not only Hot Pot, we're also going to go to the Pit!

So here's what's happening!
Friday November 7th from 5-7pm we're going to be at the Pit socializing after a stressful week of midterms and other school related stresses.

At around 7:30, after the Pit, we're going to be having all you can eat Hot Pot at Broadway and Burrard! It's going to be delicious!

We hope to see you at either, or both!

Details here:


East Side Games Studio Visit! - UBC Game Developers Association

Join GDA on our first site tour of the year. This time, we'll be visiting East Side Games in downtown Vancouver. Meet developers from a range of specialties, including some former club members who have gone on to the industry.

Bring enthusiasm, bring questions, and a thumbdrive portfolio couldn't hurt, either.

Space is limited to 10 guests, so RSVP early by contacting us at There will be a $5 fee for members (sorry about that) and a $10 fee for non-members, with a friendly reminder that membership for the year costs only $5 for UBC students and $10 for non-UBC students.

Date: Friday, November 14 @ 3:00pm

Host: UBC Game Developers Association

Contact for Seats:

Facebook Event:



UBC Engineering Compeition 2014

The UBC Engineering Competition brings together 200 of the best students UBC has to offer.

Contestants will have a choice of 7 events to showcase their knowledge and skills. With competitions ranging from VEX Kits to Debate, there is a competition for everyone. Winners of each event move on to the Western Engineering Competition (hosted by UBC this year!).

Events include:
Impromptu Debate
Engineering Communications
Innovative Design
Junior Design
Senior Design
Consulting Engineering


Date: Saturday, November 8th 2014

Registration Deadline: Saturday, November 1st 2014 @ 11:45pm

Register Here:

Facebook Event:

Questions? Email

Linux Workshop

The ECEGSA will be hosting a Linux workshop on Wednesday, October 29 in MCLD 348. The workshop will run from from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PMwith an opportunity to ask the presenter additional questions from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

If you would like to attend this workshop, please RSVP here.

We are hoping to have the computers in MCLD 348 set up so that workshop attendees can practice using Linux with them, but we encourage you to bring a laptop if you want to be sure you can try things and follow along during the workshop. 

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Humayun at

We hope to see you there!

Leadership Lessons from Real Women

Workshop on Risk, Reward and Resilience in Career and Life will be held 6 November with a panel of Vancouver’s top women scientists at the YWCA on Hornby Street Vancouver.


Experience this extraordinary panel made of top women scientists and experts in their fields.   Learn from their personal stories, life lessons and recommendations for moving your career aspirations forward in spite of the many challenges and obstacles faced by women leaders of today. Seasoned workshop leader Michelle Sangster will lead participants through exercises on how to attain what you want.


The Panel: Our panel of experts from UBC, SFU, and BC Children’s Hospital will share with you how they made it to the top of their fields and survived the sometimes difficult road to success using a plan of resilience to meet the challenges, risk-taking, and ultimate rewards, without neglecting their families and friends. See website for their bios.


Workshop: An expert in Leadership Development, Personal Excellence, and Resilience will lead a fast-paced workshop to help you understand where you are holding yourself back and how to change that.


Save the Date: The event will take place on Thursday the 6th of November 2014 6-9 pm with time for questions, networking, and a light meal.


Location: The Welch Room at the Vancouver downtown YWCA ( 4th Floor, 535 Hornby Street near Pender) is the perfect setting for an intimate workshop and panel discussion. Hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches, dessert, juice, tea, coffee will be served.


No excuses! No matter where you are on the Career Ladder, ascending it slowly or at the top, stress can take its toll and prevent you from attaining the career you want. Top Vancouver scientists and the workshop leader will show you how to navigate your career while keeping resilient and maintaining energy to do what you want.



IEEE Xplore Digital Library Workshop!

Want to learn more about how you can use the IEEE Xplore Digital Library to research effectively, including the use of unique customization features and evaluation of research impact?

UBC's Woodward Library, the ECE Graduate Student Association, and the UBC IEEE Student Chapter are happy to host a visit by Michael Shapiro (IEEE Client Services Manager), who will be on-hand to provide student resources and discuss strategies for conducting research and evaluating impact using IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Thursday, November 6


On Thursday November 6, join us in Kaiser 2020 from 12:00-12:45pm for FREE pizza, refreshments, and informal conversation.

We will then move to MacLeod (MCLD) 348, where Michael will present & demonstrate the IEEE Xplore Digital Library ( from 1:00-2:30pm. Michael will also have some IEEE freebies to share!

Please RSVP at to ensure appropriate refreshment preparation. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! - Kinect and Structure Sensor Hackathon

Location: BCIT

Date: November 8th 2014 - November 9th 2014

IEEE Vancouver Joint Computing Chapter and the BCIT School of Computing and Academic Studies are excited to announce that Microsoft and Occipital are co-sponsoring a hackathon in Vancouver on November 8th!

This workshop gives students, faculty, and other attendees full access to experts from both Occipital and the Microsoft Kinect team and enables them to focus on creating something using the Kinect for Windows v2Structure Sensor, or both! Come hack a project together over a 28-hour period and work solo or in teams (max five people per team).

You are encouraged to bring your own computer or mobile device*, but there will be plenty of Surface Pros, Kinect for Windows v2 sensors, and Structure Sensors for teams to borrow and use at the event.

This event will be held at BCIT.  We are still working out the details on start time and agenda but plan for the event to be all day on Saturday, November 8th and wrap up in the afternoon on Sunday, November 9th.

All information will be made available on the registration website before registration opens.

Registration opens October 15th at 8:00am sharp.Space is limited to the first 100 people who register. There will be a $20 registration fee to cover the cost of food. Students may register for $10 (must present current student ID).

Register at