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.

The Faculty of Applied Science comprises a unique constellation of professional disciplines including; Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Nursing and Community & Regional Planning. The core purpose shared across all of our four disciplines is to discover, create and apply knowledge, provide unwavering top-tier education and champion a community of responsible professionals devoted to serving a thriving, sustainable and healthy society. Our work and the professions which our graduates represent span the entire human-centred built environment. 

The disciplines within the Faculty of Applied Science are celebrated for the scope, strength and impact of their research activities. Our Faculty claims the spotlight in the global arena for our research in clean energy, communication and digital technologies, health and health technology among many others. We offer disciplinary-specific research based graduate programs as well as a range of professional graduate programs and pride ourselves on our ability to open doors of opportunity to students beyond their time within our Faculty.

Mission
We shape the people and the professions that shape the world.
 

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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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
Abdin, Yasmine Department of Materials Engineering
Abolmaesumi, Purang Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; Artificial Intelligence; Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical Technologies; Cancer Imaging; Computer Assisted Interventions; Image Guided Surgery; Machine Learning; Medical Imaging; Surgical Robotics; Ultrasound Imaging
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
Angeles, Leonora School of Community and Regional Planning 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 Mechanical engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; Adhesion and fracture; Biophysics; Soft materials; Solid Mechanics
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
Beck, Sara Department of Civil Engineering Water quality, Innovative water treatment solutions, Ultraviolet disinfection mechanisms, Applications of UV LEDs (light emitting diodes), Water disinfection, Water reuse, Applied environmental microbiology
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 Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; computer security and privacy; mobile security and privacy; online social networks security and privacy; usable 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 Chemical engineering; Biomass and Bioenergy; Electrostatics of Powders; Fluidization; Fuel Cells Water Management; Green Engineering; Industrial Symbiosis; Life Cycle Analysis; Multiphase Chemical Reactors; Particle technology
Bigazzi, Alex Department of Civil Engineering, School of Community and Regional Planning Civil engineering; Urban and regional planning; active transportation; Air quality; bicycles; motor vehicle emissions; Transportation Systems; travel behaviour
Boschma, Geertje School of Nursing History of nursing and health care, with special emphasis on mental health and mental health nursing
Britton, Ben Department of Materials Engineering Materials characterisation & microstructure, Metallurgy, Electron diffraction & microscopy, Deformation, Microstructure/property models, Manufacturing
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 Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation; Automotive combustion and fuel engineering (including alternative and renewable fuels); Hypersonic propulsion and hypersonic aerodynamics; Aerospace engineering, n.e.c.; Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Combustion; Reacting Flows; Energy Conversion Systems; clean energy
Byrne, Fionn School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Landscape architecture; Design innovation; Landscape studies (except architecture); Landscape design; Landscape ethics

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Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Applied Science.

 

Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 266
Publication Date: 15 August 2021

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Publication: Engineering Structures
UBC Author(s): Tsung-Yuan Yang (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01410296
Volume: 241
Publication Date: 15 August 2021

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Publication: Journal of Structural Engineering (United States)
UBC Author(s): Carlos Molina Hutt (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 07339445
Volume: 147
Publication Date: 1 August 2021

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Publication: Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
UBC Author(s): Terje Haukaas (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08873828
Volume: 35
Publication Date: 1 August 2021

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Publication: Hydrometallurgy
UBC Author(s): David Dreisinger (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 0304386X
Volume: 203
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Electric Power Systems Research
UBC Author(s): Jose Marti (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03787796
Volume: 197
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Energy Policy
UBC Author(s): John Thomas Steen (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03014215
Volume: 155
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Environmental Science and Policy
UBC Author(s): Cynthia Girling (School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 14629011
Volume: 122
Page Range: 14-24
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Pattern Recognition
UBC Author(s): Clarence Wilfred de Silva (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00313203
Volume: 116
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
UBC Author(s): Madjid Mohseni (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 9
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
UBC Author(s): Anoshiravan Poursartip (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 1359835X
Volume: 147
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Composites Science and Technology
UBC Author(s): Xiao Liang Jin (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 02663538
Volume: 211
Publication Date: 28 July 2021

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Publication: Chemical Engineering Journal
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13858947
Volume: 416
Publication Date: 15 July 2021

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Publication: Materials Science and Engineering A
UBC Author(s): Warren Poole (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09215093
Volume: 819
Publication Date: 5 July 2021

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Publication: Journal of Management in Engineering
UBC Author(s): Omar Swei (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 0742597X
Volume: 37
Publication Date: 1 July 2021

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Publication: Powder Technology
UBC Author(s): Patrick Kirchen (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00325910
Volume: 387
Page Range: 313-324
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies
UBC Author(s): Tarek Sayed (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 0968090X
Volume: 128
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Accident Analysis and Prevention
UBC Author(s): Tarek Sayed (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00014575
Volume: 157
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Journal of CO2 Utilization
UBC Author(s): Naoko Ellis (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 22129820
Volume: 49
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Materials Characterization
UBC Author(s): Thomas Benjamin Britton (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10445803
Volume: 177
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Marine Structures
UBC Author(s): Jasmin Jelovica (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09518339
Volume: 78
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Journal of Constructional Steel Research
UBC Author(s): Tsung-Yuan Yang (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 0143974X
Volume: 182
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Engineering Structures
UBC Author(s): Tsung-Yuan Yang (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01410296
Volume: 238
Publication Date: 1 July 2021

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Publication: Combustion and Flame
UBC Author(s): William Kendal Bushe (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00102180
Volume: 229
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Operations Research Letters
UBC Author(s): Maryam Kamgarpour (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01676377
Volume: 49
Page Range: 501-506
Publication Date: July 2021

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Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2021 Dr. Wang examined the security and privacy issues of artificial intelligence, or AI, for digital media. He studied four typical AI models from three dominant computer vision tasks, and designed novel algorithms to expose their threats individually. The findings provide insights for developing more secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Ramezan studied approaches to decentralize communication networks using blockchain. Dr. Ramezan introduced a new approach in designing communication protocols, named software-defined protocols. These studies assist us to connect billions of devices in emerging communication networks. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Aljalai developed novel signaling schemes to improve the performance of 5G cellular networks and beyond. He invented the Dual Pilot Scheme and its extended version to enhance the estimation of communication channels. His research improves Quality-of-Service by advancing telecommunication systems through practical and economic engineering solutions. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Soysa examined the shear behavior of sand-silt mixtures through an extensive experimental research program. He developed a new laboratory criterion to assess the seismic resistance of soils. His study advances the current state of knowledge and understanding of the strength and stiffness of soils. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Ibrahim demonstrated that mobile automated speed enforcement increases safety by reducing collisions and crime incidence, and identified that changing the number of times an enforcement is visited can change the safety outcome. These novel findings can allow road agencies to maximize safety benefits by strategically deploying limited resources. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Abdi introduced novel machine learning methods for clinical diagnosis and planning of jaw reconstructive surgeries and cardiovascular interventions. His designs and ideas enable clinicians in decision making via AI-generated insights from echocardiograms, multimodality information fusion, generative modelling, and object tracking. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Adhikari examined the synergy between pedestrian design features and neighbourhood walkability to explain physical activity in children, teens, and older adults. His findings can be used to design cities with better pedestrian environments by retrofitting existing urban infrastructure and harnessing neighbourhood walkability for health benefits. Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
2021 Dr. Mohtajeb used open MRI to study anterior femoroacetabular impingement, a condition that occurs with subtle bony abnormalities within the hip. She developed and validated a hip model using MRI and motion data and used it to predict impingement during level walking, helping us understand how bony deformities cause hip pain and osteoarthritis. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Heikkinen developed a laser-based method for remotely tracking microscopic motions of objects and structures. His technique can measure motions much less than the diameter of a human hair at distances of several tens of meters. His method has great potential for safely assessing the integrity of structures located in hazardous environments. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Mahmoodi studied the engineering of high-rise buildings. She investigated irregularities and discontinuities in concrete shear wall buildings. By understanding the complex nonlinear mechanics, she was able to develop design methods that will assist structural engineers to make high-rise buildings safer in earthquakes. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)

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