Tyler Lewis was a PhD student at UBC in Chemical and Biological Engineering pursing his lifelong passions for the environment and sustainability. He grew up in rural British Columbia and was taught the importance of environmental awareness from a young age. Recognizing the world’s impending energy crisis, Tyler believed that, as engineers, “it is our duty to address global issues, such as climate change, in a manner that is environmentally and socially sound.” Tragically, Tyler lost his life in December 2012 in a skiing accident.
In honour of the place where Tyler was realizing his career goals, his parents Lynn Prindle and Graham Lewis generously donated the funds and furniture needed to create a welcoming graduate student lounge on the sixth floor of the CHBE Building. This room will provide students with a place for solo and collaborative studying, for relaxing, playing foosball, warming a meal and meeting friends.
The lounge officially opened on April 16, 2015, when a short dedication event was held with staff, faculty, students, friends, and Tyler’s parents. The event was full of warm memories of Tyler, and his passion for learning, living and community. Many friends commented that the now lively space was simply an extension of Tyler’s strong sense of community. Indeed, Tyler’s presence is throughout the room through his photography which his parents have generously provided and shared.
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering would like to once again express their sincere condolences to Tyler’s family, as well as our own regret at losing, much too early, a talented student, colleague and friend. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of his legacy, and to provide a collegial place for current and future graduate students to call home.
The Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation provides an annual grant for a post graduate research project in the area of clean energy research. Please visit www.tylerlewis.ca for details.