Meet the team.
Upon rapidly growing interest in sustainability around every corner of the globe, it is crucial to us, now more than ever, to come together, discuss and debate a better way of habituating the planet. As an electrical engineering student and as a member of the UBC Smart City, I’m excited to employ my theoretical knowledge of smaller components to a bigger picture under the name of energy and economy. And in that, to come up with a creative yet effective solutions that would further improve one’s city to a level that is unimaginable today!
The purpose of a city, ultimately, is to give people access to a safer, happier life. That immutable definition has and will remain timeless and universal, no matter how cities evolve. Having lived in multiple megacities in North America and Asia, it’s fascinating to see the intuitive ways that countries and cultures differ in their approaches when it comes to city design. However, it also pains me to see that each city is struggling to uphold the timeless purpose a city, some more than others, when faced by the unprecedented urban migration we are seeing today. As an aspiring civil engineer, I am thrilled to be a part of UBC Smart City, where I can contribute towards innovations that will make our future cities better and smarter.
I decided to join UBC Smart City because I wanted to work on projects that combine sustainability principles and engineering knowledge to help shape our cities. As new challenges emerge alongside technological advancements, the rapid growth of urban areas calls for immediate action on minimizing consumption while maximizing efficiency in terms of energy use. I believe that we must collectively take part in this initiative to preserve the abundance of resources that we utilize today. I’m excited to share my ideas, skills, and passion to develop solutions to these challenges and to pave the way for the Smart Cities of tomorrow.
As a tech lead, I will be guiding my team for a 5G initiative project that we will be working on this year. I am originally from Nepal, a developing country which faces many challenges in implementing transportation rules, regulations, and facilities. I am therefore interested in the application of technology including AI to reducing traffic congestion, traffic injuries and managing operating schedules and monitoring systems across different cities. I am positive that together with this team we can brainstorm ideas, learn, and work together to eventually contribute back to our society for better future.
I am a third-year Computer Engineering student, and I would like to design for sustainable environment and safer place for people. I would be happy to input my technological and sustainable engineering understanding as part of Smart City and looking forward to build inclusive and equity-centered city we will be designing through future projects.
As someone who was born and raised in a metropolitan area my entire life, understanding the issues that cities face isn’t something new to me. As such, solving these issues in a sustainable manner has high potential to ameliorate the quality of life in the city. One prominent tool used to do this is software. Although still a novice to the world of software, I believe Smart City allows me to present my current technical and soft skills whilst developing them over time. I cannot wait to get started with my new teammates.
Dr. Omar Swei
UBC Smart City
Vancouver Campus | Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building, 2002 – 6250 Applied Science Lane, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z4