The Master of Engineering Leadership in Green Bio-Products program provides students with a pathway to working in the greenest industry on earth. There are a vast number of potential products that can be made from cellulose and lignin that are not currently being made today — including pharmaceuticals and biofuels — and these will eventually replace fossil-fuel-derived materials. The science just needs to catch up to the possibilities.
This is a unique program. We are located in BC, home to one of the largest and most successful forest industries in the world. Here at UBC, we have a long-standing history of innovation and industry partnerships in this area, as evidenced by a very successful research cluster at the university. The collaboration between three different faculties — Applied Science, Forestry and the Sauder School of Business — also makes this a unique program in its blending of technical training with leadership skill development.
For students, this is the perfect time to be working in this field. There is a certain retooling of industry going on as companies seek to develop new products. Consumers also want new products that are sourced from green materials. Graduates of our program will be leaders, able to help companies migrate to novel bio-products, which could be anything from a new car part to a pharmaceutical chemical.
Students who join our program will be learning from a team of world experts. My research is in fluid mechanics, and I use my skills in this area to design processes to make novel green bio-products.
Students will also benefit from UBC’s strong connections with industry, which opens opportunities for them to explore research questions with real-world application and to test ideas at an industrial scale.
Dr. Mark Martinez is a full professor in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He won the BCIC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Innovation as well as an NSERC Synergy Award. His research activities focus on the behaviour of fi bre suspensions that exhibit complex behaviour not seen in ordinary fluids. Dr. Martinez uses both novel visualization techniques and computational methods to elucidate the mechanism by which these suspensions flow. Dr. Martinez is the director of the Pulp and Paper Centre and a member of the Institute of Applied Mathematics. He has active collaborations with researchers in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering and at TRIUMF, Canada’s National Laboratory in Particle Physics.