The applied sciences – architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, nursing, and planning – change society's conception of what is possible as a matter of course. Applied scientists make dreams real, turn ideas into practice. We embody the interface between present and future.

A community of diverse disciplines on campuses in two cities, we recognize the promise inherent in our differences. We are at our best when faced with problems considered by most to be impossible to solve, for it is there that our varied approaches, practice cultures, and discipline-specific languages, combined, become our greatest strength.

We are a Faculty of leaders. We take the initiative. We are defined by our integrity, excellence, innovative mindset, and passionate spirit of engagement. We are ideally positioned to address some of the greatest challenges of our time. From nurses and engineers working in First Nations communities and in Africa improving healthcare, to architects, landscape architects and community planners improving the built environment, our graduate students enlist their skills and networks to truly make a difference. As part of one of the world’s premier universities, it is not just our vision to educate the next generation of leaders, it is our responsibility. 

Innovation and its application is our passion in the Faculty of Applied Science. We take pride in our ability to transfer knowledge and contribute to economic growth through research and entrepreneurship. 

Mission
To create and apply knowledge and to educate globally responsible professionals empowered to effect enduring, positive change for society.
 
1241
Master's Students
570
Doctoral Students
574
Graduate Degrees Awarded

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Research Highlights

Through leadership and the relentless charge to improve professional practice, Applied Science researchers – often in interdisciplinary and pan-professional collaborations – advance knowledge, policies and technologies, and solve the global challenges facing society. In any specific year, over 100 leading companies partner with UBC APSC to advance their research agendas. 

The UBC Applied Science research enterprise helps drive the reputation of one of the top research-intensive universities in the world. Our researchers claim the spotlight in the global arena in the following research clusters:

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Aamodt, Tor Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering computer architecture, optimizing compilers, Computer architecture, Microarchitecture and programming models for energy efficient computer accelerators
Abolmaesumi, Purang Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Biomedical Engineering with emphasis on computer-assisted surgery, image-guided therapy and medical image analysis, prostate cancer
Abugharbieh, Rafeef Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Medical image computing
Adebar, Perry Erwin Department of Civil Engineering Concrete structures, seismic design, high-rise buildings, shear design, evaluation and repair of structures
Altintas, Yusuf Department of Mechanical Engineering Virtual Machining, Computer Control of Manufacturing Systems, CAD/CAM, CNC Design, High Speed Feed Drive Control, Real Time Interpolation and Trajectory Generation for Machine Tools, Adaptive Control, Sensor Fused Intelligent Machining, Metal Cutting Mechanics, Chatter Vibrations in Machining, Piezo -Actuator Based Precision Machining, High Speed Milling, Optimal Machining of Aerospace Parts, Dies and Molds, Automation, Precision Engineering, Electro Mechanical Systems, Modeling and Analysis of Machining Processes, Mechanics, dynamics and control of micro-machining operations
Anasavarapu, Srikantha Department of Mechanical Engineering Dynamics of multiscale materials, structures and devices, Applied Mechanics, Micromechanics
Angeles, Leonora School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice Gender analysis, gender mainstreaming and other gender planning related tools, including feminist critiques and perspectives on the intergration of gender and other social axes of difference and diversity in community planning and international development work
Asselin, Edouard Department of Materials Engineering Hydrometallurgy (including leaching, electrometallurgy and residue characterization), Electrochemistry (including high temperature electrochemistry and sensors)
Bacca, Mattia Department of Mechanical Engineering
Baldwin, Susan Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Bioprocess engineering, bioremediation, biomedical reaction modelling
Banthia, Nemkumar Department of Civil Engineering Materials engineering, concrete, advanced composite materials, shotcrete, fibre reinforcement, rebound mechanics, kinamatic studies, optimization, supplementary cementing materials in concrete
Bass, John School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Constested landscapes Globalization and Contested Territory, Infrastructure, Social Equity, Visualization and Community Engagement
Baumbusch, Jennifer School of Nursing long-term residential care, family caregiving, Intellectual Disability, nursing care of older adults
Berube, Pierre Department of Civil Engineering Water treatment, trace organic contaminants, membrane and advanced oxidation technologies., Drinking water treatment, filtration/membrane processes for water and wastewater treatment, distribution system water quality, advanced oxidation, wastewater reuse
Beznosov, Konstantin Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering usable security and privacy, mobile security and privacy, computer security and privacy, online social networks security and privacy
Bhargava, Vijay Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Green communications, cognitive and cooperative wireless systems, MIMO-OFDM systems, cross-layer analysis
Bi, Xiaotao Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Biomass and bioenergy systems, wood pellets, gasification, air pollution control, pollution prevention, energy and environment, life cycle analysis, ecoindustrial systems, sustainability, green engineering, chemical reactor engineering
Bigazzi, Alexander York Department of Civil Engineering, School of Community and Regional Planning
Boschma, Geertje School of Nursing History of nursing and health care, with special emphasis on mental health and mental health nursing
Brown, Helen Jean School of Nursing Maternal-infant and women
Browne, Annette School of Nursing Health inequalities, indigenous peoples, women's health, cultural safety, primary health care interventions to improve health outcomes, marginalized populations, health policy
Bungay, Victoria School of Nursing sexuality, sex work, harm reduction, drug use, intersectionality, ethnography, communication technologies, community based research, Health inequities affecting men and women working in the commercial sex industry and people who are street-involved, leadership, public health nursing, mental health, sexual health, HIV, and harm reduction programming
Bushe, William Kendal Department of Mechanical Engineering Clean Energy, Combustion, Turbulence, Numerical Simulation, Computational Fluid Dynamics, IC Engines andThermal Power Generation
Campbell, Suzanne School of Nursing simulation nursing education, interprofessional health professional education, health communication, lactation support, leadership in nursing
Chang, Stephanie School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability Community vulnerability and resilience to natural disasters

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Graduate Student Profiles

Janna Fabris

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
Establishing a Knowledge Framework for the Advancement of Composites Manufacturing and Design Practice

Cail Smith

Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)

Graham Allegretto

Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MASc)
Investigation and Applications of the Piezoionic Effect

Maryam Raiyat Aliabadi

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Attack Detection and Diagnosis in Cyber-Physical Systems

Ahmed Elhamy Mostafa

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Non-orthogonal Multiple Access for the Internet of Things

Pan Zhao

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
Advanced Control of Large-Scale Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

Abdullah Al-Digs

Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MASc)
Real-time Tools for Reliable and Economic Power System Operation

Alumni on Success

Michel AlSharidah

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) [2013]
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer
Public Authority for Applied Education and Training

Michael Wrinch

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) [2008]
Job Title
President
Employer
Hedgehog Technologies Inc.

Mehrdad Fatourechi

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) [2008]
Job Title
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Employer
BroadbandTV Corp

Samer Al-Kiswany

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) [2013]
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer
University of Waterloo

Mohamed Sultan Mohamed Ali

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) [2012]
Job Title
Senior Lecturer
Employer
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Bernard Ng

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) [2011]
Job Title
Research Associate
Employer
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics

Jasna Jankovic

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD) [2011]
Job Title
Senior Research Scientist
Employer
Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation

Arash Takshi

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) [2007]
Job Title
Associate Professor
Employer
University of South Florida

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