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.

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

Graduate Degree Programs

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.


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
2009 Dr Tong examined how sulfur dispersing-agents are effective in solving the sulfur-wetting problem in the pressure-leaching of nickel concentrate. This research is helpful in developing new production processes of nickel from its sulfide ore. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
2009 Dr. Jalali Mazlouman has innovated a new architecture for analog to digital converters that is fabricated on a chip using deep submicron technology. This converter can operate at Gigahertz speeds and can be used to enhance the performance of measurement instruments such as real-time oscilloscopes, and wireless communication circuits such as ultra-wideband systems. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2009 Dr. Handelsman, a mining engineer with global mining experience, researched significant socio-economic risks to mining companies held responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses. He determined how industry could engage positively with stakeholders, recommending policies, principles, best practices, monitoring, verification & reporting. Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
2009 Dr. Guzel's research characterised the mechanisms governing the flow of industrial fluids, such as hair gel or drilling mud, and the factors determining whether they flow in a smooth laminar way or as a turbulent mixture. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2009 Dr. Wrinch developed an inexpensive protective sensor for alternative energy power sources to prevent electrical shock and fire. This sensor works with installations of small to medium sized three phase electricity generators. The sensor is called an anti-islanding detector. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2009 Dr Elyasi developed a comprehensive method for the simulation and performance evaluation of UV photoreactors used in water treatment. His work can directly be applied to enhance the performance of industrial UV reactors and reduce the production cost, making this technology more affordable around the world. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2009 Dr Sheikhaei studied the circuit techniques for speed and power improvement of analog-to-digital converters, a ubiquitous block in communication systems. Using current mode logic and pipelining as well as reformulating the conventional encoding function, he achieved more than 2 times improvement in power as compared to the state-of-the-art designs. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2009 Dr. Pillutla looked at ways to improve the performance of wireless networks. He used novel techniques to improve energy efficiency and channel usage of general wireless networks. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2009 Dr. Stefanova designed a novel transparent probe to study heat transfer in a gas-solid particle system. She showed the effect of a key change in flow structure on heat transfer in laboratory and industrial scale units and developed a probabilistic heat transfer model. Her findings are important for the design of gas-solid reactors. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2009 Dr Linga used a new approach to capture CO2 from a flue gas mixture emitted from conventional power plants. This process, using gas hydrate crystallization, was successfully demonstrated in a newly built state of the art large scale apparatus. His work is relevant to CO2 capture and storage, a promising approach for mitigating global warming. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)