Student achievements

Award winning research presentations by EOAS students

Spotlight Projects

The Canadian Geotechnical Society’s 2020 Student Competition

Congratulations to Maddy Hughes, Ethan Alban, Lucas Fabbri and Erica Forkheim, who were awarded second place in the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s 2020 Student Competition for their report titled “Pre-feasibility Gucci Open Pit Design.” The Undergraduate Group Report category of the Student Competition recognizes engineering students at Canadian universities for excellence in solving open-ended geotechnical design challenges and preparing formal technical reports, while fostering teamwork skills. UBC geological engineering teams have placed first or second in this nation-wide annual competition eight times in the last eight years. We celebrate all of them for their hard work and tremendous achievements!

"Pre-feasibility Gucci Open Pit Design" by Maddy Hughes, Ethan Alban, Lucas Fabbri and Erica Forkheim

"Pre-feasibility Gucci Open Pit Design" by Maddy Hughes, Ethan Alban, Lucas Fabbri and Erica Forkheim

The Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) is the leading organization for geotechnical engineering and related geoscience in Canada. Each year, the CGS sponsors a Student Competition, with entries solicited from across Canada in three categories: Graduate Student Presentation; Undergraduate Report (Individual); and Undergraduate Report (Group). In the last eight years, UBC geological engineering student teams have placed first five times and second three times in the Undergraduate Report (Group) category. Click the accordion below for a summary of the UBC entries.

Competition Year CGS Competition Results Project Sponsor Student Names Report Titles
2013 Second UBC Jenna Bowling  Foundation and West Approach Embankment Design of the New Fraser River Crossing
Ryun Humenjuk
Crystal Lei
Adam Woods
Xiao Qin Yang
2014 First Piteau Associates Matthew Gray Unobtainium & Eludium Mining Ltd Inperfecto Project Pre‐Feasibility Level Slope Design
Carlin Horkoff
Jaimie Loughlin 
Robert Kaplen
2015 Second  Tetra Tech Gavin Black Long Lake Project: Tunnel Versus Rock Cut Design Option Analysis
Savanna Herman
Shammai Ugalino
Aron Zahradka
2016 First  Tetra Tech Roxanne Hasior Long Lake Tunnel & Surface Cut: Pre‐Feasibility Design & Comparison
Michael Kraitman
Jacob Nicklen
Jacob Nikl
2017 First Piteau Associates Erik Cernik  Feasibility Geotechnical Evaluation: Slope Design Criteria for the Phase II Bafour Open Pit Project
Lea Johnston 
Takako Miyochi
Eric (Suqi) Zhou
2018 First Piteau Associates Margie Banda  Abundante Open Pit Design
Dazy Gosal 
Adam Mickey
Casey Watamaniuk
2019 First BGC Engineering Mat Stephenson Tailings Storage Facility Prefeasibility Study
Stephen Marks
Shawn Matthies 
Jesse Zonneveld
2020 Second Golder Associates Ethan Alban Gucci Gold Project: Pre‐Feasibility Gucci Open Pit Design
Lucas Fabbri
Erica Forkheim
Maddy Hughes


Honors Theses

Undergraduates make significant contributions to the Department’s research output. These are often formative experiences for young scientists and professionals. Click here to discover the quality and diversity of their work by browsing this list of titles with links to the corresponding thesis title page and abstract.


Community and industry engagement

ENVR 400

ENVR 400, “Research Project in Environmental Science” is a capstone course for Environmental Science Students. It involves instructor-guided collaboration between student teams and community partners on community-based environmental science projects. Teams articulate project questions and goals, devise methods, conduct research and communicate results. Click the accordion below to view a representative sample of a few projects from recent years. To see abstracts and reports, copy the Project Title into the search engine at UBC’s cIRcle repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners.



Project Title
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L. Kummer, H. Wang, N. Harland


Determining viable small-scale renewable technologies for the Spruce Harbour Marina clubhouse in False Creek, Vancouver.

False Creek South Neighbourhood Association

N. Cheng, F. Tsui, E. Suchy


Creating a Natural Asset and Ecosystem Services Management Framework that Centers Climate and Social Justice for the City of Vancouver.

City of Vancouver / City Studio

K. Macdonald, S. Marohn, X. Zhang


Developing a Biodiversity and Climate Change Based Educational Plan for use in the Riley Park Community Spring Break Program to Instill long lasting Ecological Literacy.

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

K. Clarke, B. O'Callahan


Mapping climate mitigation, adaptation, and justice initiatives and climate policy in MetroVancouver.


C. Weinhagen, V. Knoblauch, I. Francis


Mapping the distribution of endangered mosses in BC to inform sampling and assess regional effects of climate change.

UBC Herbarium

J. Haw, M. Loveland, L. Wang


Electrifying Change: An Analysis of Electric Vehicle Charging of Multi-Residential Units in Vancouver.

2 Degrees Institute

S. Thornton, O. von Wahl


Assessing Avian Biodiversity in the City of Surrey.

Birds Canada

E. Le, M. Stewart, A. Wohlers


Holistic Sustainability Indicators for Small Scale Agricultural Practices.

LiteFarm / UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

M. Bozik, C. Pan, M. Thormeyer


Reed Canary Grass in Stanley Park: Mapping and Mitigating the Spread of the Invasive Plant.

Stanley Park Ecology Society

J. Brown, M. Pope, J. Shepard


Assessment of Factors Contributing to Poor Chum Salmon Returns in Spanish Bank Creek.

Spanish Bank Streamkeepers

M. Yu, R. Hao


Analysis of the Progress of Ecological Restoration Efforts in Pacific Spirit Regional Park


J. Lin, M. Marcus, T. Cui


Electrification of the Sunshine Coast Transit System: A Feasibility Study.

2 Degrees Institute

Z. Zhang, P. Zhang, Q. Lyu., Y. Tang


Evaluating municipal waste management strategies between Vancouver and world cities.

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

L. Faulkner, M. Liu, E. Newman


Increasing Riparian Habitat and Ecosystem Function in Lost Lagoon through Shoreline Restoration.

Stanley Park Ecology Society

J. Cheng, J. Mancer, R. Hernandez


Modelling the Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Suitable Dunlin Habitat in the Fraser River Delta.

Abstract Accepted: Salish Sea Ecology Conference, April 2020; Cancelled due to Covid-19)

Birds Canada

R. Huang, X. Huang, Y. Xia


Assessing the Policies and Processes of Waste Management in Four Canadian Cities.

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

T. Kapoor, G. Singh, R. Park


Place-Based Learning (PBL) at Riley Park: An Outdoor Educational Tool for BC Schools.

External Funding: CCEL Community Partnership Grant

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

M. Poblacion, G. Sharma


Energizing the Public: Designing and Installing a Renewable Energy Demonstration in Riley Park.

External Funding: CCEL Community Partnership Grant

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

O. Hester, E. Milne, K. Wang


A spatial analysis of terrestrial salamander distributions and disturbance levels in Pacific Spirit Regional Park.


F. Ramsay, X. Tang, Y. Yuan


Beyond Styrofoam: A Life Cycle Analysis and Eco-Efficiency Portfolio of Single-Use Containers (Polystyrene, Plastic, Biodegradable Plastic, Paper, and Aluminum).

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

L. Munwar, M. Niyaz, K. Sano


Do Ponds on UBC Campus play a role in the well-being of Individuals?


M. Gray, R. Lewko


The Impact of Experiential, Research- and Community-based Learning in Herbaria on First-year University Students.

UBC BIOL121 / UBC Herbarium

C. Deduque, J. Huynh


Physical Literacy and Nature Exploration (PLANE): Enhancing Connections Between Families and Nature.

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

EOSC 445

EOSC 445 “Engineering Design Project” is a capstone course for upper-year geological engineering students who work in small teams to solve complex, open-ended design challenges supplied by volunteer Project Sponsors from industry. Click the accordion below for a summary of recent projects.


Student Names

Project Sponsor


Presentation Link


Andrew Funk

BGC Engineering

Jura Creek Risk Assessment and Conceptual Mitigation Design


Arnaud Dione

Gemma Ferland

Karina Stapleton

Nandini Bulusu


Abbas Haider

BGC Engineering

Pre-feasibility Design of Tailings Storage Facility


Alexandra Nagy

Mark-Antoine Berthiaume

Zai Chern Cheng


Justin Kelly

Klohn Crippen Berger

Mine Water Management Upgrade Project


Kendra Mercer

Logan Haubrich

Rian Watanabe

Stephanie Tarnai


Andrew Cleghorn

Thurber Engineering

Deep Excavation for Residential Tower - Shoring and Water Management Solutions


Charles Xia

Ciaran Robinson

Jeremy Young

Raphael Bayaban


Heya Gupta

Thurber Engineering

Capstone Creek Highway Widening Design Project


Kshitijendra Thakur

Omar Farahat

Piradeepan Uthayakumar

Rachel Choboter


Jacob Ong

Piteau Associates

Burebista Open Pit Slope Design


Jordan Fu

Matthew Ng

Nodir Musaev

Vincent Wong


Arlena Kamuzima Musinga

Golder Associates

Gucci Gold Project Pre-feasibility Open Pit Slope Design


Danielle Bridle

Morgan Weller

Teri Herbert


Gavin Anderson

Piteau Associates

Buchanan Lake Groundwater Supply Feasibility Study


Matt Doricic

Nouran ElAmir

Youhan Ding