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From hardware to software: proof that skills are transferable

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 10, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , Computer Science , Engineering , UNB Fredericton



When Lan Liu (MScEE’03) and her husband Richard Liu (MCS’02) came to Fredericton from Beijing, it was a bit of a culture shock. “We flew in on a tiny plane from Montreal and all I saw was trees,” Lan laughs. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into! It was a hot summer week when we arrived, and in China we often use an umbrella to shade ourselves from the sun on hot days. When I walked on the sidewalks of Fredericton with my umbrella, people looked at me...

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Volunteer spotlight: Travis Bergin

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Engineering , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



One of the most challenging tasks Travis Bergin (BScCE’02, D-TME’02, MScCE’04) is faced with as a UNB Associated Alumni councillor, also happens to be the one he values and cherishes most of all. He says serving as chair of the scholarships and awards’ committee, and learning about the remarkable accomplishments of UNB students and alumni, has been one of greatest highlights of his time on council.  A three-time UNB alumnus and Fredericton native, Bergin has...

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From UNB to Dragon’s Den and beyond

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Engineering , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni



Curtis Kennedy (BScME, DTME) has been busy in the last few years. He recently pitched his product, Vertiball, on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and accepted a deal from dragon Arlene Dickinson. But there’s been a lot more going on behind the scenes. Curtis has been working since 2017 to develop and pitch his simple idea to ease chronic pain. “It’s been a lot of work and long hours but I hope that it’s helping people. It’s been a really exciting...

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Materials engineer goes digital

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Engineering , Inspiring Stories



Fredericton native Donna Dykeman (BScME’99, MScME’01) always enjoyed the sciences, so when she started her undergraduate degree at UNB she chose Mechanical Engineering because she discovered she enjoyed learning about and working with structural materials for mechanical design. “I remember enjoying the project work we did in undergrad where we were designing for the real world. Our visits to plants and production operations and having alumni speak to us in class opened my...

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An unexpected career path for a mechanical engineering alumnus

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 11, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Engineering , Young Alumni



Who knew that a mechanical engineer could end up in an innovation role at one of Canada’s big banks? Malcolm Nwokotubo (BScME’16, DTME’16) sure didn’t when he first came to study at UNB. Growing up in Nigeria, Malcolm was always interested in problem solving, math and engineering. He decided he wanted to study in Canada because of the country’s reputation for being welcoming and friendly. Although he’d never heard of New Brunswick, he won a scholarship that...

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The future of surgical robotics is here - and this alumnus is creating it

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 23, 2020 2:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , Engineering , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



Jason Currie (MSE’15) may be working from his San Francisco Bay Area home these days because of the pandemic, but he’s still hugely excited to log in each day and tackle his current project – a general-purpose surgical robot. Jason is a senior robotics and controls engineer with Auris Health, Inc., now owned by Ethicon, part of Johnson & Johnson’s medical devices companies. Since 2018, he’s tackled this technical lead role within a huge team working on...

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How a UNB alumnus became the official rink engineering consultant of the NHL

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Engineering



When Ian Storey (BScME’96) left UNB with a mechanical engineering degree in hand, he never imagined he’d become an entrepreneur. Ian had developed an interest in energy efficiency and energy systems early on in his bachelors’ program and geared his courses toward a career at an energy utility. But after graduation, with few prospects for that kind of work available, he took a job in the aerospace industry managing international engineering contracts. After a few years of...

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The fast-paced world of transportation cybersecurity

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Computer Science , UNB Fredericton , Engineering , Inspiring Stories



When we think about cybersecurity, we typically think of our phones, computers and personal data being hacked. But Mike Vanderveer (BScCMPE’02) says heavy vehicles carrying dangerous goods are also a big cybersecurity concern. Mike, who graduated from UNB with a degree in computer engineering, is a transportation cybersecurity consultant with his own firm, Deep Micro, in Ottawa. He says that it is not easy to hack into our cars and car company security systems are continually improving....

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LuminUltra to supply COVID-19 test chemicals across Canada

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Engineering , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



New Brunswick’s LuminUltra Technologies, headed by Patrick Whalen (BScChE’03, left), is increasing its production to supply chemicals for essential COVID-19 testing across the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on April 15 that LuminUltra is one of the companies that has signed a contract with the Canadian government to provide supplies needed in all provinces. Many regions have faced testing backlogs as they lacked certain chemicals needed to complete the tests. "We...

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Coming 'back home' was a step forward for this engineering alumna

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 1, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories , Engineering



Anna Robak (BScCE’01) is a proponent of always moving forward and conquering new things. So the decision to move ‘back home’ to Fredericton from New Zealand, where she had spent the last thirteen years working in global asset management, was not made lightly. A Fredericton native, Anna had gone through UNB’s civil engineering program concentrating in transportation and economics. “I wanted a career that was versatile and offered many opportunities,” she...

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Amazing stories of humanitarianism around the globe

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 6, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Engineering , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



You would certainly be correct in calling Eugene Lewis (BScEE’64) an engineer, a professor and an entrepreneur. But beyond all of those things, the title that seems to truly fit him is humanitarian. Dr. Lewis, who taught at UNB for 37 years and Chaired the Electrical Engineering Department for 22 of them between 1980 and 2006, spent many years guiding students to think critically and problem-solve. All the while, he was applying those skills himself to solve pressing problems around the...

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Problem-solving in an exciting high-profile career

UNB Alumni

Posted: August 24, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Engineering



Ian Naish (MEng’71) has a face that might seem familiar. That’s because as a transportation consultant and former director at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, he’s a media go-to spokesperson for train derailment and other major transportation news stories. Ian’s been in the transportation field since 1969 when he came to UNB fresh off a civil engineering degree from the University of London. One of his professors in London told him that transportation...

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The stars are aligned for UNB alumnus vying to become Canada s next astronaut: Alex Delorey

Young Alumni

Posted: February 9, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , Engineering , UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni


Childhood dreams of space travel may very well become a reality for UNB young alumnus, Alex Delorey (BScE’07), who has earned his spot as one of 72 candidates still in the running to become the next Canadian astronaut. Last summer, 3,372 applications were submitted to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for two astronaut positions that will be filled this year. The latest shortlist was announced last week, leaving Delorey, a Riverview New Brunswick native, excited and eager for what’s...

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Fredericton to Rio: Alumna blogs her volunteer experience at the 2016 Olympics

Young Alumni

Posted: August 22, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Engineering , Young Alumni


While most of the country spent the past few weeks with eyes glued to the television, this was not the case for UNB young alumna, Olivia Babcock (BScEng '16), who experienced the thrill of the games up close and personal as a volunteer at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. From beach volleyball and men's soccer, to Sugarloaf Mountain and Dois Irmaos, Babcock documented her 20 day Brazilian experience in a blog, Without & About,  that will surely make you want to...

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