Civil Engineering Alumni Celebrated with Dean’s Medal of Distinction

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | By Amelia Pitt-Brooke Pitt-Brooke
Peter Taylor and Michael Jacobs to be honoured at 2018 Applied Science Celebration

Peter Taylor and Michael Jacobs to be honoured at 2018 Applied Science Celebration

Peter Taylor and Michael Jacobs will be recognized on Thursday, April 12th for their contributions to civil engineering in BC and to the Department at UBC. Starting in 2015, the Dean’s Medal of Distinction was created to celebrate the 100 year history of the University of British Columbia, and the Faculty of Applied Science.

Peter Taylor received a Master of Applied Science from UBC’s Department of Civil Engineering in 1962, and went on to complete a PhD at the University of Bristol. Since then, he has been active in bridge safety, design and efficiency, contributing to the construction of bridges in Montreal, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Greece, Charleston, and San Francisco, as well as Vancouver’s Alex Fraser Bridge. He and business partner Peter Buckland received the Order of Canada, and Taylor has also earned numerous medals from the UK, Canada and the US as well an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from the University of Bristol. Co-founding Buckland & Taylor Ltd. over forty years ago, he and Peter Buckland have hired Civil Engineering graduates and worked with the Department as industry instructors, as well as contributing to the building of the Civil Design Studio.

Graduating from UBC’s Civil Engineering Department with a BASc in 1985, Michael Jacobs has since gone on to be a longstanding contributor to residential construction and road building in Kelowna and the BC Interior. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Construction Management in 1988 from Stanford University, he went on to work for Emil Anderson Construction (EAC). First a Project Manager for their Kelowna residential development, Dilworth Mountain Estates, he then founded EAC subsidiary, Dilworth Quality Homes. Now, he is the EAC CEO and Chairman of The Board, after holding the positions of General Manager of Land Development, Vice President, and President. EAC has worked on countless other BC construction projects including the bobsleigh, luge and ski jump venues for the 2010 Winter Olympics, as well as bridge, overpass, road and rail work in Kelowna, Prince Rupert, the Fraser Canyon and the Fraser Valley. He has contributed to the community as a UBC supporter, founding Member and former President of the Kelowna Chapter of the Urban Development Institute, and former Chair of the BC Roadbuilders. He received the 2014 Business Leader of the Year award from the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

To celebrate these and other Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction winners on April 12th, RSVP here for the ceremony and cocktail reception at Jack Pool Hall, in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.

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