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Martha Salcudean

$23,260.00 (raised so far)

About Martha Salcudean

Professor Martha Salcudean was a professor emerita and former head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. She passed away on 17 July 2019.

Professor Salcudean was born in Romania. She survived internment in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and decades living under totalitarian regimes in Romania, before emigrating to Canada in 1976. She held the position of Professor at the University of Ottawa for nine years before moving to UBC, where she served as the first female head of a Canadian university’s engineering department.


Greatly respected in the field of heat transfer and fluid flow, Professor Salcudean published extensively and held many awards. She received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Ottawa, University of Waterloo and UBC, and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Professor Salcudean was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 1998 and became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004.

Professor Salcudean was a beloved friend and mentor to many. She will be missed by her family, colleagues and many friends at UBC and around the world.

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The Impact of Your Support

To honour Professor Salcudean’s life and accomplishments, her colleagues at UBC will be establishing the Martha Salcudean Memorial Award. Your gift will pay tribute to Professor Salcudean’s life by supporting students studying engineering at UBC. Final decisions on the award description and student eligibility will be made in consultation with the family.

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  • Prof. Emerita Martha Salcudean was a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. Here is Prof. Salcudean talking to high school students at the 42nd Annual Symposium on the Holocaust at UBC, (May 3rd 2017) organized by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Center (VHEC).

    Uma Kumar, Friend/Colleague
  • Such a sad news. Spoke with her just recently, at her book launch. A kind-hearted, vastly intelligent, dedicated, proactive, hard-working, and beautiful person, who contributed significantly (and innumerably) to our department and university. After hiring me, she asked me to chair (usually, the head chairs these) a search to hire a junior colleague, and at the end supported hiring two (Elizabeth from UofT and Tony from MIT), just to mention one of those qualities in her. May she rest in peace!

    Clarence de Silva, Colleague at UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering
List of Donors
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  • Tom Perry

  • Dan and Daphne Gelbart

  • Anonymous Donation

  • John Grace

  • Maureen and Ian Yellowley

  • Martha Piper

  • Clarence de Silva

  • Peter Cripton

  • Dana Grecov

  • Sally Thorne & Mary Adlersberg

  • Anonymous Donation

  • Sandra Keen

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