Technical Services Team

Sabrina Fried - Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (BCIT), Diploma in Environmental Technology (Camosun)


Sabrina has worked at UBC for more than ten years. Before this role, she served as a facilities and human resources clerk in the Chemistry department. She also brings a thorough educational background; This includes a diploma in occupational health and safety from BCIT. She is currently working towards her facility management professional certification which she is projected to finish by early 2024.


David Feixo Irazabal - MBA & MMgt (ui1), B. Tech. in Manufacturing (BCIT), Dipl. Tech. in Mechanical Design & Machining (Polytechnics)IMG_20151130_110408487_HDR


David joined ECE in 2015 with a clear mission: to establish the mechanical design and prototyping division within ECE Engineering Services. Since then, he has played a pivotal role in providing fabrication design support, specializing in rapid prototyping and digital manufacturing. With a masters in business administration and management complementing his formal manufacturing technical expertise, David seamlessly integrates strategic acumen into his role, enhancing the overall quality and effectiveness of the services offered by ECE.


Cool Fact: Technophile beyonder.

Mark Finniss - Interprovincial Machinist (Journeyman), TQ Welding Level C, Bachelor's Degree in Education (UBC)MARK TEAM


Mark Finniss is the head machinist at ECE and has over 30 years of experience in the field of mechanics and machining. Besides being a high school teacher for 10 years in the interior teaching machining, he also has numerous years of experience as machinist for ECE.


Cool fact: Mark enjoys building his own race cars for road racing.

Ken Madore  -  Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (BCIT)


Ken is an Electronic and Computer Technician at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at The University of British Columbia, where he provides technical support to faculty, staff, undergraduate, and graduate students. He has a deep understanding of the university's IT policies and procedures, and is highly knowledgeable about electronic and computer systems. He also worked in the department as a Support Analyst for many years, giving him a strong understanding of the university's systems and policies. In addition to his work experience, he attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he studied electronics. Overall, Ken has a wide range of expertise and many years of experience in his field of work.


Cool fact: Ken is semi retired and enjoys his time traveling around the world when is not at UBC.

Nadine Sad-Ang - Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (BCIT)


Nadine is a graduate of BCIT's Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program. She completed several co-op terms at ECE, gaining valuable experience in the academic field of electrical and computer engineering. In the winter of 2019 and the summers of 2021 and 2022, Nadine demonstrated her dedication and well-rounded skills by providing support in various ECE practices, from small task as PCB design to lead project management such a building renovation move the ECE were involved. She is passionate about environmental technology and sustainability.


Cool fact: Nadine enjoys hiking, dancing, and reading in her spare time.

Neil Jackson - Engineering Technician - Machinist


Neil is a senior machinist at ECE UBC, where he has worked for many years. He is skilled in both machining and metal fabrication techniques, and has contributed to numerous research and development projects involving these tools and techniques. His knowledge and experience make him a valuable resource for students working on a project that involves machining and metal fabrication. If you need help with a project that involves these skills, Neil is an excellent person to turn to for assistance.


Cool fact: Neil is partially retired and enjoys nature and many sport activities.

Dr. Roberto Rosales - PhD in Electrical Engineering (UBC)Roberto TEAM


Roberto is an electrical engineer with 25+ years of experience and specializes in the design and test of analog ICs. He is the Team Lead for the Engineering Services group and has been for many years the Test Lab Manager for the System-on-Chip group at UBC.


Cool Fact: Roberto used to be a rower.

His personal website can be seen HERE

Roozbeh Mehrabadi - M.ASc in Electrical Engineering (UBC), P.Eng Roozbeh Team


Having both an extensive background in CAD and a Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Roozbeh is the lead for CAD tools in the Engineering Services group. In addition, he is also the CMC Support representative at UBC.


Cool fact: Roozbeh probably traveled more than Marco Polo.

Tihomir Tunchev - M.ASc in Electrical Engineering (Technical University of Varna)TIHO Team


Besides his extensive industrial experience in Europe, United States, and Canada, Tiho is also well experienced in academia. He is currently a Course Support Engineer here at the UBC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Cool fact: Tiho’s industrial experience includes quality control of electronic systems of Millennium Class cruise liners at the shipbuilding yard Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
Tiho is also an avid photographer who spends his time capturing moments on film.

Zain Ul Abdin - B. Tech. in Manufacturing (BCIT)


Having 10+ years of Instructional Manufacturing Machine shop work experience, Background in Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering.
Technical problem solver, Mechanically inclined with industry expertise.


Cool fact: Car repair, Car sales, vlogger.




Former Members

Andy Liu -  B.ASc in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Option (UBC)ANDY FINAL TEAM


Andy began his employment at ECE Engineering Services in 2014 and made the decision to further his studies in medicine by transitioning to UBC Medical School in 2016.
Upon completing his Medical Doctor degree, he may potentially become your new family physician!

Dr. Ion Isbasescu - PhD in Electrical Engineering (University of Iasi), P.Eng



Ion had been a valuable asset to the ECE for many years since 2013, with his expertise in electrical engineering we will miss him. He officially retired in 2023. Eng-Services Team and Ion looked back on his time with fond memories, knowing that he had made a positive impact on the team and the students he collaborated with. Despite his retirement, Ion's legacy as a leader in energy systems and a respected Energy Systems Engineer would continue to inspire those who where around him.


Matthew Kutarna - BASc in Engineering Physics (UBC)Matthew TEAM


For a decade, Matthew worked as Technical Services, Facilities, and Safety Manager at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to that, he held various positions in the Aerospace Industry and Robotics. Noticing some of the tedious tasks associated with his role, Matthew began exploring Data Science and Machine Learning coursework to come up with solutions. This interest led him to pursue Software Development, and he made a full transition outside UBC to the private industry in 2023.