It is fitting that the legacy of a popular professor who helped forge the professional paths of his students—and helped build the reputation of the UBC Mining department— should live on to support the careers of today’s mining engineering students.
Following a long career in the mining industry throughout Australia, Canada and the United States, John “Blue” Evans was appointed head of the Department of Mining Engineering in 1969. During his nine years at UBC, Blue proved to be a dynamic presence on campus, conferring on his students his considerable industry and technological knowledge.
“Blue was a great mentor, supporter and role model for young adults who aspired to become engineers,” says former colleague Alf Hills. “He put so many students on a successful career trajectory.”
After Mr. Evans passed away on June 5, 2011, Alumni and friends established his legacy by creating the Blue Evans Student Support Endowment Fund. Blue’s strong leadership, experience and camaraderie continues to provide our students with critical, career- building opportunities to interface with industry.”