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
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
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
Clifford, Amanda Department of Materials Engineering
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
Di Matteo, Olivia Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Quantum computing: compilation, circuits and algorithms, Tomography and characterization, Open-source quantum software
Dixon, David Department of Materials Engineering Fixed-bed leaching
Dreisinger, David Department of Materials Engineering Hydrometallurgy industry, iron, copper
Dumont, Guy A Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering biomedical engineering; automatic drug delivery; mobile health; global health; anesthesia; physiological monitoring;, Adaptive control, predictive control, control of distributed parameters systems, advanced process control, applications of wavelet analysis, biomedical applications of control, pulp and paper process control
Dunbar, W Scott Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Industrial biotechnology; Economics and business administration; biotechnology applications in mineral resources; mining industry business model innovation
Elfring, Gwynn Department of Mechanical Engineering Theoretical Fluid Mechanics, Complex Fluids, Cell Biomechanics, Capillary Phenomena, Applied Mathematics
Ellis, Naoko Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical engineering; Chemical Processes; CO2 capture and utilization; Interdisciplinary teaching and learning; multiphase systems; thermochemical conversion of biomass

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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: Neurocomputing
UBC Author(s): Zhen Wang (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09252312
Volume: 488
Page Range: 97-106
Publication Date: 1 June 2022

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Publication: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing
UBC Author(s): Xiao Liang Jin (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08883270
Volume: 172
Publication Date: 1 June 2022

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Publication: Journal of Building Engineering
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 50
Publication Date: 1 June 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: 34
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives
UBC Author(s): Alexander York Bigazzi (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 14
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
UBC Author(s): Fariborz Taghipour (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Acta Materialia
UBC Author(s): Warren Poole (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13596454
Volume: 231
Publication Date: 1 June 2022

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Publication: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing
UBC Author(s): Yusuf Altintas (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08883270
Volume: 171
Publication Date: 15 May 2022

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 284
Publication Date: 15 May 2022

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Publication: Science of the Total Environment
UBC Author(s): Ryan Ziels (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00489697
Volume: 820
Publication Date: 10 May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Hazardous Materials
UBC Author(s): Madjid Mohseni (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03043894
Volume: 429
Publication Date: 5 May 2022

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Publication: Construction and Building Materials
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09500618
Volume: 330
Publication Date: 2 May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A
UBC Author(s): Mu Chiao (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 15493296
Volume: 110
Page Range: 1036-1051
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Cellulose
UBC Author(s): James Olson (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09690239
Volume: 29
Page Range: 4393-4411
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Nanomaterials
UBC Author(s): David Wilkinson (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: May-1 2022

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Publication: Nano Energy
UBC Author(s): David Wilkinson (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 22112855
Volume: 95
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
UBC Author(s): Zachary Bullock (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10900241
Volume: 148
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Biomedical Optics Express
UBC Author(s): Shuo Tang (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 13
Page Range: 2754-2771
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Renewable Energy
UBC Author(s): Frank Ko (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09601481
Volume: 191
Page Range: 141-150
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Cellulose
UBC Author(s): Dana Grecov (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09690239
Volume: 29
Page Range: 3963-3984
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Chemical Engineering Journal
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13858947
Volume: 435
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Reliability Engineering and System Safety
UBC Author(s): Yankai Cao (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09518320
Volume: 221
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Chemosphere
UBC Author(s): Loretta Li (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00456535
Volume: 294
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing
UBC Author(s): Carlos Estuardo Ventura (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08883270
Volume: 170
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
UBC Author(s): Martin Ordonez (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08858993
Volume: 37
Page Range: 5637-5649
Publication Date: 1 May 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
2021 Dr. Ljubetic studied the thermodynamics and kinetics of gold leaching in ferric chloride media. The dissolution mechanism and its limitations were uncovered using batch leaching and electrochemical techniques. The research would help lay the foundation for development of an alternative technology for gold extraction. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
2021 Quantum computers are expected to be exponentially faster than conventional computers in completing certain tasks. Dr. Zaribafiyan formulated the concept of hybrid quantum-classical computing and examined how hybrid algorithms can help scale up the applicability of these computers to a wider range of applications, from logistics to drug discovery. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Tobber proposed a novel building system to improve the seismic response of tall buildings. She led advanced simulation and large-scale experimental testing programs to study her system. Dr. Tobber is now an Assistant Professor at UBC Okanagan, where she continues her work making buildings safer and more resilient to natural disasters. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Parya Keyvani designed and fabricated a diode constructed from cellulose nanocrystal, in conjunction with hydrogels. Her findings contribute to the research to make flexible and biodegradable functional devices. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Shaikh used upright magnetic resonance imaging to study the effect of standing functional postures, compared to supine, on lumbopelvic muscle and bony geometry synchronously in adult spinal deformity patients. This work informs the way we study and understand this disease, and its future biomechanical modeling, mitigation, and treatment. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Malakoutian examined biomechanical properties of paraspinal muscles in spinal deformity patients. He found large variations in those properties with dramatic influences on spinal loading predicted by a musculoskeletal model. His research shed more light on potential causes of spinal diseases and can help in development of better treatments Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Rochussen studied direct-injection gaseous fuel combustion in heavy-duty engines using high-speed imaging inside the combustion chamber. He identified how in-cylinder phenomena impact efficiency and pollutant emissions. This work guides the development of future high-efficiency and low-pollutant engine technology using renewable gaseous fuels. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Mohammed Redha studied methods to improve the co-firing of coal with biomass to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels using computational fluid dynamics. These techniques include unsophisticated modifications of the furnace geometry, particle shrinkage due to densification of biomass, and thermogravimetric analysis of biomass and coal mining waste. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Wang built a novel reactor system to produce torrefied biomass with a high energy density and a long shelf life. The reactor technology developed is proven to be efficient in biomass thermal treatment and has the potential to be commercialized to promote the utilization of local renewable biomass resources and contribute to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions via displacing fossil fuels. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Haney studied Canadian abortion nursing from 1960-1999. Her analysis of previously untold stories of Registered Nurses revealed their key contributions to developing and providing safe abortion services amid significant legal, clinical and cultural challenges. Her study adds new insight into abortion, women's health, and nursing history. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

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