Chemical and Biomedical Teams

UBC Biomedical Engineering Student Team (BEST) is an undergraduate, multidisciplinary student team that aims to use a context-appropriate approach to address medical challenges worldwide. BEST consists of 80 members spanning across 7 faculties, working on 4 different health-related projects. BEST aims to develop and implement innovative technology, develop its members both technically and professionally, and to promote entrepreneurship within the biomedical field.

UBC BIOMOD is a multidisciplinary undergraduate student team that participates annually in the BIOMOD competition, a biomolecular nanotechnology design competition founded in 2011 by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. The UBC team was founded in 2015 and was able to successfully place Silver and first place in the audience choice category in their simultaneous and triggered release drug delivery system to treat cancers. The competition allows undergraduate students to come together as a team, think outside of the box, and reengineer biomolecules like DNA, RNA, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates to design systems to solve environmental, electrical, biomedical, and computational problems. Deliverables for the competition include a website, video and a presentation at the Jamboree hosted at Harvard University. Overall, the UBC BIOMOD team is a fun way to get involved in the design process, gain lab experience and learn about how we can reinvent the purpose of biomolecules using nanotechnology!

Envision is the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) at UBC. AIChE is the leading professional organization for chemical engineers around the world, focusing on creating a community of professional chemical engineers. Envision is led by students to foster professional development and making connections to industry, as well as hosting numerous events throughout the year to enhance understanding aspects of chemical engineering that transcend the traditional classroom. Envision also supports several student design teams in the chemical engineering department, including UBC Green Joule, BioT, Agrobot, and their oldest project, ChemE Car. We welcome any and all enthusiastic members to join us this year!

Chem-E-Car is a multi-disciplinary engineering design team that competes in the annual AIChE Regional and National Chem-E-Car Competitions. The goal of the competition is to build a shoebox sized car that travels a specified distance. Chem-E-Car provides the opportunity for UBC Engineering students to work on Mechanical, Propulsion, Circuitry, and Laboratory teams – learning valuable technical, interpersonal, and project management skills.

UBC Bionics focuses on designing solutions to replace human physiology via the innovation of bionics. UBC Bionics’ current project is to design and build a smart bionic hand, GRASP, that can be used by individuals who have suffered amputation or congenital birth defects. We are also currently working on expanding into more research in bionics.