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
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
Campbell, Suzanne School of Nursing Nursing; Community Health / Public Health; Health Promotion; Interpersonal Communication; Educational Technologies; Health Care Technologies; Modelization and Simulation; social determinants of health; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Adult Education and Continuing Education; global maternal-infant-child health; health communication; interprofessional health professional education; lactation support; leadership in nursing; simulation nursing education
Campbell, Heather School of Community and Regional Planning Urban and regional planning; how academics can work more effectively with non-academics to enhance impact of research; how academics can work more effectively with non-academics to enhance the relevance of research; how ethical values can be incorporated into public policy relating to city and regional planning
Cao, Yankai Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical engineering; Optimization, Control and Operations Research; Solar and Wind Energy; Artificial Intelligence; Large Scale Optimization
Carey, Trevor Department of Civil Engineering Geotechnical earthquake engineering, Static and dynamic liquefaction and its effects on geosystems, Laboratory testing of soils, Development of numerical tools
Carmichael, Jeffrey
Chang, Stephanie School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability All other social sciences, n.e.c.; natural disasters; risk; resilience; climate change adaptation; infrastructure systems; earthquakes; coastal hazards
Chen, Yu Christine Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering modeling, analysis, and control of electric power systems.
Chiao, Mu Department of Mechanical Engineering MEMS, Micro Sensors, Micro Actuators, BioMEMS, Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Electronic Packaging, Nanoscience, Energy sources for micro-electro-mechanical systems
Chrostowski, Lukas Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Optics and Photonics; Micro and Nanoelectronics; Nanotechnologies; Manufacturing Processes; biophotonics; biosensors; optics; optoelectronics; photonics; quantum computing; semiconductor lasers; silicon photonics
Clare, Adam Department of Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing technologies and approaches for a sustainable future; Additive manufacturing (materials, processes, design and application); Electrical discharge machining, electrolyte jet machining, electron beam and laser processes; Stochastics in engineering design and manufacture; Machine design and build; Manufacturing for high value and high integrity applications (aerospace, biomedical, tool & nuclear)
Clark, Drew School of Nursing mental health; Substance Use; palliative, pediatric and gender-affirming care
Clifford, Amanda Department of Materials Engineering
Clifton, Kelly School of Community and Regional Planning transport and land use interactions, travel behaviour, pedestrian modeling, equity in transportation policy
Cockcroft, Steven Department of Materials Engineering Clean Energy Research, Physical phenomena in non-ferrous casting, hot tearing, Optimization of industrial casting processes, Mathematical modeling
Condon, Patrick Michael School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Sustainable urban design, landscape architecture, sustainable communities
Connolly, James John Timothy School of Community and Regional Planning
Cretu, Edmond Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Clean Energy,Microsystems, adaptive MEMS, micro-instrumentation, nonlinear signal processing, BioMEMS ultrasound imaging
Currie, Leanne School of Nursing Nursing; Health Care Technologies; Health information systems; Artificial Intelligence; Biomedical Technologies; decision making; Computer Architecture; Software Development; Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare; Biomedical and Health Informatics; data science; Human Computer Interaction and Design
Dahinten, Susan School of Nursing Social determinants and processes of child development, identification, intervention and the prevention of developmental problems
Dahmen, Joseph School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture technical methods and cultural effects of resource use at the scales of architecture and territory.
de Silva, Clarence Wilfred Department of Mechanical Engineering Robotics
Dev, Rubee School of Nursing Pediatrics and reproductive medicine, n.e.c.; Nursing; women's health; maternal & child health; sexual & reproductive health; chronic disease prevention & management; health system & services

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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: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 1359835X
Volume: 164
Publication Date: January 2023

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Publication: Journal of Cleaner Production
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09596526
Volume: 380
Publication Date: 20 December 2022

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Publication: Separation and Purification Technology
UBC Author(s): Madjid Mohseni (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13835866
Volume: 303
Publication Date: 15 December 2022

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Publication: Chemical Engineering Science
UBC Author(s): Marek Pawlik (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00092509
Volume: 263
Publication Date: 14 December 2022

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Publication: Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
UBC Author(s): Trevor Carey (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 02677261
Volume: 163
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Adolescent Health
UBC Author(s): Elizabeth Saewyc (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 1054139X
Volume: 71
Page Range: 713-720
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Advanced Nursing
UBC Author(s): Sally Thorne (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03092402
Volume: 78
Page Range: 4034-4041
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Textile Research Journal
UBC Author(s): Frank Ko (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00405175
Volume: 92
Page Range: 5130-5145
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
UBC Author(s): Loretta Li (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
UBC Author(s): Sergii Kravchenko (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 1359835X
Volume: 163
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: ChemTexts
UBC Author(s): Marek Pawlik (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 8
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B: Process Metallurgy and Materials Processing Science
UBC Author(s): Steven Cockcroft (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Daan Maijer (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10735615
Volume: 53
Page Range: 3396-3412
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
UBC Author(s): Purang Abolmaesumi (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 18616410
Volume: 17
Page Range: 2305-2313
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Empirical Software Engineering
UBC Author(s): Ali Mesbah (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13823256
Volume: 27
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Composites Part B: Engineering
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13598368
Volume: 247
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Analytic Methods in Accident Research
UBC Author(s): Tarek Sayed (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 22136657
Volume: 36
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Safety Science
UBC Author(s): Amy Kim (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09257535
Volume: 156
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: BMC Geriatrics
UBC Author(s): Jennifer Baumbusch (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 22
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Nurse Education Today
UBC Author(s): Suzanne Campbell (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 02606917
Volume: 119
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry
UBC Author(s): Fariborz Taghipour (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10106030
Volume: 433
Publication Date: 1 December 2022

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Publication: Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology
UBC Author(s): Robert Rohling (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03015629
Volume: 48
Page Range: 2486-2501
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: BMC Medical Education
UBC Author(s): Sabrina Wong (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 22
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Automatica
UBC Author(s): Yankai Cao (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00051098
Volume: 146
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: BMC Psychology
UBC Author(s): John Oliffe (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
UBC Author(s): Juri Jatskevich (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08858993
Volume: 37
Page Range: 15425-15441
Publication Date: 1 December 2022

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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
2022 Dr. Fong studied tools for educational video and how to improve them. He examined the types of analytics that instructors wanted in order to better engage and assess students, and ways to best support students and their study habits, In particular, he studied viewing patterns, video search techniques, and video annotation. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Holanda accelerated the process of designing machine learning hardware systems by better understanding how those systems learn and how they behave when they fail. The design process enabled by Dr. Holanda's work illuminates the path towards making the development of those systems significantly faster, economical, and environmentally friendly. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Ploumis studied the properties of human visual system in perceiving light and color. He subsequently applied his findings to develop methods that improve the visual uniformity of High Dynamic Range video content across various viewing environments, ultimately increasing the viewers' quality of experience. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Kelly built an ultrasound imaging system for the detection of breast cancer, targeting biomarkers clinically shown to complement mammography, especially in women with dense tissue, for whom such cancers are more common. This technology can help detect cancers sooner, while reducing false positives and callbacks, including unnecessary biopsies. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Mayers examined the structural and societal systems that preclude equity-seeking groups from accessing safe environments and services that promote sustainable, healthy living. The purpose of her doctoral research was to examine the process in which decisions are made to propose more equitable city bicycling networks. Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
2022 Dr. Mansouri studied the mechanical behaviour of candid aluminum alloys to replace steel in the automotive industry. He studied the effect of fabrication parameters on material performance. These findings contribute to making better models to further increase the safety of passengers in a crash scenario while saving on vehicle weight. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Stone demonstrates the nature of gentrification as a disaster for low-income communities, and how Hurricane Katrina cascaded into a subsequent disaster of gentrification for the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. The dissertation includes a co-produced advocacy film to support voting for anti-gentrification candidates in New Orleans. Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
2022 Dr. Obada-Obieh studied how technological solutions in personal, professional, and involuntary relationships led to security and privacy concerns. She proposes a framework of how technological solutions can be (re)designed to address these concerns. Her research could make users feel safer while using these technologies in their relationships. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Khalili identified limiting factors to achieve desired autonomy among wheeled mobility assistive device users. Subsequently, she developed novel control strategies to improve the performance and usability of these devices. Her research provides an autonomy-based evaluation and design paradigm for future assistive technology developments. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Renteria used various experimental and computational methods to gain insights on the fluid mechanics involved in primary cementing of horizontal and irregular wellbores. Her research aims to prevent hydrocarbons from leaking, either to surface or into the water table. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)

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