UBC Materials Engineering: Celebrate 100 Years by Helping to Revitalize Undergraduate Labs

The Department of Materials Engineering has been providing cutting edge education and research to serve our industries and communities for 100 years. To celebrate our centennial, we need your help to raise $100,000 in support of the renewal of our teaching labs. Whether you are an alumnus, an industry partner or a member of our community, please join us in marking this special occasion by making a donation today.

At our centennial celebration on October 2, the Dean of Applied Science offered to match all donations up to $100,000. That means the impact of your gift will be doubled, if you donate by December 31, 2015.

Over the past century, the department and our thousands of alumni have been part of an amazing transformation of technology. Together, we’ve grown from focusing on metallurgy to encompass biomaterials, ceramics, composites, and microstructures. We are extremely proud that, through our research and our education, our department and our alumni have made an indelible impact on the success of a large number of industries and companies around the world.

Materials engineers have always been integral to the development of our industrial sectors, from automotive parts to biomedical innovation. Today’s materials engineering graduates are entering industries that are increasingly complex and competitive. They need both an advanced technological education as well as opportunities to apply their learning in the field through advanced labs and extra-curricular activities.

The renewal of the undergraduate teaching labs within the Frank Forward Building will make a tremendous impact on students. These labs are where students gain their hands-on engineering skills, applying knowledge they have learned in theory in the classroom to real-world scenarios. Updating these labs will mean our students learn on the most up to date equipment, with the newest processes. This allows them to hit the ground running when they leave UBC, able to quickly apply their knowledge and skills to their chosen industries.

Our goal for the next 100 years is to continue providing leading edge education, and to help ensure a healthy, sustainable future for our wider community. As our sector grows more competitive, and the demand for innovation increases, we know our students can lead the way—and with your help, we can ensure they have the education to do so.

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