UBC MEL MHLP Professional Leadership Master Degrees
Technical classes offer exciting opportunities for industry-driven projects where you will work with your peers to apply your knowledge to a real-world issue. Read about some recent projects where students used their technical and business knowledge to develop practical, innovative and sustainable solutions.
A group of students in the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in High Performance Buildings entered their capstone project into an international design challenge – and they were invited to compete in the finals in April 2023.
Dean Gesuri’s capstone project for the Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering modelled optimal scenarios for two First Nations communities in BC who want to transition away from diesel power to renewable energy sources.
Peter Shaw-Wood, a student in the Master of Engineering Leadership in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, set out to see if green hydrogen could be produced using ocean currents as the energy source.
Urban Systems students traveled to Edmonton to meet with city representatives and tour the 536-acre site. They returned to Vancouver with an assignment to propose practical and cost-effective innovations that would support Blatchford’s environmental, social and economic goals.
For their capstone project, four students in the MEL in Dependable Software Systems program developed a working prototype of a note-taking tool for a virtual reality application that will be used by UBC medical students to learn about neuroanatomy.
After meeting in the Advanced Materials Manufacturing program, Felipe Blanco and Sangeeth Karuppiah developed an idea for a commercial venture. Their vision? To redefine tailings management by upcycling tailings storage facilities to produce critical value-added products for a low-carbon world.
Dependable Software Systems students tested how different machine learning models perform against mislabeled datasets. Their results were a surprise – showing that a current assumption among researchers about the best model for training machine learning was incorrect.
For her capstone project in the High Performance Buildings program, Ezgi Yuruk H. offered more than a dozen suggestions for upgrading and retrofitting a 170-year-old building in Istanbul that is home for Istanbul Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture.
For the capstone project, Clean Energy Engineering student Umer Farooq evaluated the technical and economic viability of powering mine sites with renewable hydrogen – a solution that could significantly reduce a mine’s carbon footprint and allow for greater energy self-sufficiency.
As part of their Venture Design Lab course, Sustainable Process Engineering students evaluate the technical and economic viability of a new sustainable process or product. Barry Kanchan looked at the feasibility of producing green hydrogen as a feedstock for a currently idled ammonia plant in Trinidad & Tobago.
Working with a leading classification society, two Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering students developed a straightforward methodology to help design plan appraisal surveyors assess the likelihood of a loss of ship propulsion when high waves cause ships to incline at high angles.
Lighter vehicles have lower emissions. But as students in the Advanced Materials Manufacturing program discovered, reducing tailpipe emissions by choosing lighter-weight components can actually increase the overall carbon footprint of vehicles.
Three students in the MEL in Urban Systems developed a streetlight asset management plan for the City of Surrey. With its assessment of the current state of the infrastructure and seven key recommendations, the plan can now be considered by the City to help meet the goals in its Sustainability Charter.
Four MEL students used Tableau to develop an interactive tool on real estate trends in Metro Vancouver – and they’re excited about the opportunities to put their new data analysis and visualization skills to work.
Under the guidance of visiting professor Fredrik Ahlgren, two students from the Master of Engineering Leadership in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering worked on a project for BC Ferries to develop a machine learning model that can predict vessel fuel consumption.
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering student Gaby Marino completed a student project where she investigated the potential for data visualization software to streamline operations on naval vessels. She talked to us in August 2020 about her work.
As part of his capstone project in the MEL in High Performance Buildings program, Chris Moore took on the challenge of improving the energy efficiency of a recently built LEED Gold building on the UBC campus.
A research project conducted by three Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems students explored whether designated smoke- and vape-free areas were successfully deterring people from lighting up.
For his capstone project in Clean Energy Engineering, Derek Oppedisano developed a business case for supplementing diesel-powered electricity generation with lithium ion battery storage in a remote community.
For her capstone project, Anna Swanson analyzed the potential greenhouse gas emission reductions and financial implications of both supply-side and demand-side strategies for remote communities, and then developed a tool that they can use to determine where to begin investing.
For their capstone project, students in the High Performance Buildings program developed energy models for a research lab in Prince George, BC, to explore the potential of three certification standards.