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Clean Energy Engineering Sustainable Showcase

December 17, 2018
UBC MEL in CEEN Showcase Event Student Presentation

With the conclusion of the 2018 Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering (CEEN) beckoning, you could be excused for thinking that this is a time for students to relax and look forward to the festive season.

This has not been the case for student of the CEEN program. Their final showcase was held on Thursday, 13th of December and was the culmination of months of work.

As part of the showcase students were tasked with presenting their capstone projects to UBC professors, alumni, classmates and most importantly, industry.

Student Capstone projects are based upon industry relevant problems that need further examination. Organizations such as BC Hydro and the Clean Energy Research Centre identified projects they would like students to research, diagnose and report on whilst providing support in the form of advice and materials.

Projects in 2018 included investigation into Renewable Energy in transportation, Deployment of battery energy storage and Tax alternatives for developing natural gas projects.

As part of the showcase students are able to take on feedback from leaders in industry and answer questions from experts in the field of clean energy. In 2018 we were pleased to welcome Jermin Hsieh from Fortis and Christian Baechler from GHD who provided key insights into the projects.

In addition to the capstone presentations UBC were pleased to invite Paula McGarrigle, the Managing Director of Solus Energy Consulting to present the keynote speech. Paula has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, was previously the head of Shell Wind Energy for Canada and started the Suncor Alternative and Renewable Energy group. She spoke about the evolution of clean energy. She started by discussing the changes that had occurred within her lifetime, but then expanded into future thinking on the impact MEL students can have in the world over the next 10, 20, 100 years.

As the showcase moved toward the evening, attendees were able to participate in a panel discussion with Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, Vice President of Corporate Relations, Western Region Innergex, Elyse Henderson, LEED Green Associate with RDH Building Science Inc and Julian-Alberto Fernandez-Orjuela Post-doctoral Fellow at the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre. This provided much lively discussion about the current state of the market, how the panelists are making in impact in their current roles and their vision for the future.

Industry and students were also able to utilize the evening potion of the showcase to network with other passionate professionals. This creates further opportunity for discussion, mentorship and employment. In fact, through student’s capstone projects, a number of employment opportunities have arisen, with students already cementing roles for 2019.

If you would like to be involved in the next Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering program, either as an employer, a consultant or a student please contact us a

For more information on the UBC Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering learn more from our program pages

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