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. 

To create positive change in the world through the generation, professional embodiment, and innovative application of new knowledge.

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 themes:

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Fels, S Sidney Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Human computer interaction, human 3D biomechanical modeling, speech synthesis, medical applications of modeling, computer vision, interactive arts and music
Feng, James Jingtao Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics Fluid Mechanics, Complex fluids, Biophysics, Mathematical biology
Feng, Hsi-Yung Department of Mechanical Engineering Modelization and Simulation, Software (Tools), Machining and Assembling, Milling, Prototyping, Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Geometric Modeling, Multi-Axis CNC Machining, Machining Simulation, 3D Laser Scanning, 3D Printing
Fernlund, Goran Department of Materials Engineering Polymer matrix composites, Biomaterials, Adhesive bonding
Frigaard, Ian Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mathematics Fluid mechanics (visco-plastic fluids)
Frostad, John Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods, Emulsions, Foams, Functional Foods, Interfacial Rheology, Interfacial Phenomena, Human Health, Sensory Analysis
Fujita, Mari School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Globalization and contested territory, urbanism, contemporary theory, spatial and cultural effects of globalism, material studies, wearables, gallery installations, interiors, building designs, urban proposals
Garbi, Rafeef Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Biomedical Technologies, Imaging, Artificial Intelligence, Medical Image Computing, Machine learning, Computer Vision, Image Analysis, Biomedical Engineering, Deep Learning
Garrett, Bernard Mark School of Nursing Health Care Technologies, Ethics and Health, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented reality, Evidence-basedPpractice, Deception in Healthcare, Healthcare Regulation, Alternative Medicine
Girling, Cynthia School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Landscape and Restoration, People, Cities and Lands, Design and Planning of Space, Sustainable neighbourhood design, Vizualization and community engagement, Public realm design and planning
Gopalakrishnan, Sathish Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering computer and software systems, real-time and embedded computing (computer systems as part of the real world); cyber-physical systems, Real-time systems, distributed systems, resource management
Gopaluni, Bhushan Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Modelling and experiment design, identification for control
Grecov, Dana Department of Mechanical Engineering Rheology, Rheometry, Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Mechanics, Liquid Crystals, Biolubricants, Lubricants, Journal Bearings, Multi-Phase Flow, Synovial Joints, Synovial Fluid, Arthrithis, Liquid crystals and nanomaterials, Biofluid Mechanics
Green, Sheldon Department of Mechanical Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, building ventilation, railroads, papermaking
Gurstein, Penelope School of Community and Regional Planning Housing
Gyenge, Elod Lajos Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Electrochemical engineering, fuel cells, batteries, electrodes
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Polymer melt and suspension rheology, food rheology, polymer melt processing, superhydrophobicity, surface science, winter sports expert, ski/skate performance and snow/ice friction.
Haukaas, Terje Department of Civil Engineering Risk, structures, structural safety, seismic, earthquake, probability, computer analysis, Structures, Probabilistic mechanics, structural reliability and optimization, timber engineering, earthquake engineering, decision making, risk, advanced structural analysis, finite elements, response sensitivity analysis, software development
Havaei, Farinaz School of Nursing
Herrington, Susan School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Children’s outdoor play environments, Playgrounds, Natural play environments, Risky play, Landscape architecture, Landscape architecture history, landscape theory, Comtemporary theory, globalization and contested theory, design and history of landscapes
Hodgson, Antony Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering Bioengineering, Biomechanics, Medical or Surgical Robotics, Medical Engineering, Electoral Reform, Single Transferable Vote, STV, Citizens’ Assembly, Fair Voting
Holuszko, Maria Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering minerals characterization as it applies to mineral processing; recovery of metals from industrial and municipal waste streams
Honey-Roses, Jordi School of Community and Regional Planning environmental planning, water resource management, and impact evaluation
Howard, Fuchsia School of Nursing health service needs of vulnerable, high-risk survivors of acute life-threatening illness, specifically, cancer survivors and survivors of critical illnesses; hereditary cancer prevention and risk management and psychosocial and ethnocultural factors that shape health and illness experiences
Howie, John Department of Civil Engineering Field and laboratory characterization of soils for geotechnical engineering design, ground improvement, foundation engineering


Graduate Student Profiles

M. Ryan MacIver

Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
Structure and fluid transport in flocculated mineral sediments

Hossein Foroozand

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
Hydrological monitoring networks design

Lyana Patrick

Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
Dis/connection in 21st Century Canada: Therapeutic Planning through an Indigenous Lens

Jeremy Stone

Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
Discursive Gentrification: Neighborhoods, Resistance, and the Urban Commons

Karl Zimmermann

Master of Applied Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering (MASc)
Biological Ion Exchange to remove organics from drinking water
UBC graduate student Katherine MacDonald

Katherine MacDonald

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
Optimizing growth conditions for suppressive immune cells isolated from human thymus tissue

Matthew Hickey

Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering (MASc)
PhD Rotation Program

Alumni on Success

Michel AlSharidah

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

Michael Wrinch

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

Mehrdad Fatourechi

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

Mohamed Sultan Mohamed Ali

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

Bernard Ng

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

Jasna Jankovic

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

Samer Al-Kiswany

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

Arash Takshi

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

Recent Thesis Submissions