Best Practices in Business Education

This project will focus on experiential education and how it can be used to enhance the learning processes at Blyth Education. As an introduction to the subject, the report will explore current literature surrounding the topics of ‘Experiential Education’ and ‘Business Education’. The project will then turn its focus to Blyth Education, and identify the various experiential teaching tools it uses in its programs. Particular attention will be paid to the ‘International Business’ trip and the novel approaches it will be using for the first time.

Recycling of Electronic Waste

Electronic waste such as computers is an increasing problem as they quickly become obsolete. Currently, most electronic waste is either landfilled or (often illegally) sent to developing countries to be recycled, since it contains valuable metals such as copper and gold. Electronic waste should be viewed as a resource rather than a waste material since it contains levels of valuable metals often ten times higher than can be found in naturally occuring ore deposits. Based on current metal prices, each kilogram of the metallic electronic waste sample at Kemetco is worth US $25.

Project Blue Sky

Project Blue Sky is a website and data entry widget that was created through a partnership with the Province of BC, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Masters of Digital Media students at the Great Northern Way Campus. Its goal is to encourage individuals to avoid driving and pledge that carbon reduction against the 2010 Winter Games indirect carbon footprint.

Modelling the Effects of Biodegradation and Seasonal Factors on Soil Vapour Transport: application and adaptation of the MIN3P code.

Soil vapour transport and intrusion into buildings has emerged as a highly relevant issue at contaminated sites with volatile contamination. Advanced modeling tools for vapour transport are relatively limited. Further, there has only been limited in-depth evalution of important factors such as hydrocarbon vapour biodegradation and seasonal influences on site conditions and their impact on vapour intrusion. The interaction between building and subsurface conditions is also not well understood.

Automatic Enhancement of Handheld Photographs

This internship proposes to create a support vector machine based classifier which classifies image aesthetics, ranking images from 1-7. An existing classifier has been developed which classifies professional quality photographs. To be of use to Vidigami, the classification method needs to be developed which can provide an aesthetics score for average quality photographs.

An Improved Optical System for a Monocular Virtual Reality Display.

Incorporating a head-mounted display (HMD) into a high-performance sport goggle involves many technical challenges. Optically, the microdisplay must be magnified to a comfortable size for viewing, and the image must be shown in an area of the goggles that does not detract from the main field of view. This means that the magnifying assembly must be as small, lightweight, and unobtrusive as possible, but still maintain excellent visual fidelity. The focus of this research will be to produce the smallest, most cost-effective optical device that fulfills these requirements.

Spinal Cord Injury

The Centre for Operations Excellence (COE) at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (UBC) was asked by the Spinal Cord Injury Solutions Network (SCISN) and The Rick Hansen Foundation to participate in the early stages of planning a Canada wide, long term, multi-year project (LT Project) that will evaluate alternative methods for managing spinal cord injury care through simulation experiments. The COE will carry out a pilot study with the goal of producing recommendations for the planning and execution of the LT Project.

Exploring Methodologies for Probabilistic Scenario Analysis at Boeing

The Centre for Operations Excellence (COE) at the Sauder School of Business at UBC will collaborate with Boeing Commercial Airplanes through its BC based subsidiary AeroInfo Systems to assess methodologies to allow for analysis of plausible scenarios of the future global business environment. The methodologies would provide a means for what‐if testing to describe the effects of scenarios on the demand for commercial aircraft, and Boeings order book in particular.

Development of SCODA DNA Extraction for Forensics Applications.

Nucleic acid analysis in forensic science is a major focus for DNA‐based identification in case‐work samples. Approximately 5% ‐ 10% of samples are known to fail as a result of contaminants carrying through the purification process, or as a result of insufficient yield in the DNA extraction step. Whereas, most crime scene exhibits produce meaningful results, inhibitors, minute traces of DNA, degraded DNA, and environmental insults, reduce the investigative potential of some of the most crucial exhibits.

Investigating methods of long-term follow-up for patients with Metabolic Syndrome

This project was in partnership with the Canadian Obesity Network. Providence Healthcare has estrablished a reputation as one of the leading centres for cardiovascular research and treatment in Canada. Providence Healthcare and AstraZeneca, a research-based pharmaceutical company, are interested in furthering science and improve patient outcomes. The purpose of this study is to determine the best method of long term follow up for patients with Metabolic Syndrome once they have completed an intensive lifestyle modification program.