NSERC Chair in Design Engineering
As of now I am the holder of a chair sponsored by the the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)–our federal government. The chair is for five years and come with a sizable budget. The main objective of the chair is to further develop the teaching of design at UBC, and our specific focus will be interdisciplinary design in the areas of assistive technologies for people with disabilities or debilitating diseases and medical instrumentation. What does this has to do with software? A lot, actually. Software is pervasive in this field, but also this reconnects me with my roots: I am a mechanical engineer by education.
Press release at: http://www.engineering.ubc.ca/news-events/2009/07/
Design engineering strives to formulate the general principles on which the design of an engineered product is based, regardless of the discipline (mechanical, civil, computer, etc.).