On June 6, 2017, Dr. Peter Ostafichuk was named the 32nd Wighton Fellow. Awarded by the the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS) and the Sandford Fleming Foundation, the Wighton Fellowship is a national award to recognize excellence in the development and teaching of laboratory-based courses in Canadian undergraduate engineering programs. Ostafichuk was nominated for this award due to his significant contributions in the development of the MECH 2 program, his continual involvement in the First Year Engineering program, and his innovative teaching style.
As well as his work in the Department of Mechanical Engineer, Ostafichuk teaches NAME 566, Ship Dynamics and Control.
Since the award’s inception in 1987, Ostafichuk is the second UBC faculty member to receive this prestigious fellowship, with the first being the NAME’s very own Professor Jon Mikkelsen, who received the award in 2005 in recognition of his work in redeveloping Mechanical Engineering’s laboratory program.
In addition to the honour of receiving this award, Ostafichuk will also receive a $3000 stipend which is funded by a generous endowment from the late Dr. J. L. Wighton, formerly a professor of Engineering, whose commitment to the laboratory component of engineering curricula led to the formation of the Fellowship in 1986 in cooperation with the NCDEAS and the Sandford Fleming Foundation.