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
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
Elmo, Davide Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering rock mechanics and rock engineering design; advanced numerical modelling of block cave mining and discrete fracture networks, interaction between surface and underground mining, numerical simulations of the mechanical behaviour of hard rock pillars, slope stability analysis, applications of synthetic rock mass modelling and discrete fracture network modelling.
Englezos, Petros Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Carbon capture engineering; Natural gas hydrates and other clathrates: science, engineering and novel applications; CO2 capture & storage; Novel materials from forest bio-resources, High-value papermaking
Fannin, R Jonathan Department of Civil Engineering Shear wave velocity for the detection of fines loss in soils, internal erosion in earth dams, seepage-induced instability in gap-graded soils, grain shape and the strength of sands, filtration compatibility of woven and nonwoven geotextiles, pullout resistance of geogrids in static and dynamic loading, debris flow travel distance on steep mountainous terrain, slope stability in engineering practice
Fedorova, Alexandra Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering design of system software: the software that manages the hardware and decides how to allocate its resources to applications; building better performance tools.
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 Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics Chemical engineering; Mathematics and statistics; Biophysics; Complex fluids; Fluid mechanics; Mathematical biology
Feng, Steve Department of Mechanical Engineering Mechanical engineering; Modelization and Simulation; Software (Tools); Machining and Assembling; Milling; Prototyping; 3D Laser Scanning; 3D Printing; Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM); Geometric Modeling; Machining Simulation; Multi-Axis CNC Machining
Foster, Johan Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical engineering; 3D Printing; Biomaterials; Biomedical Devices; Bioproducts; Cellulose Nanomaterials; Fibers; Polymers
Frigaard, Ian Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mathematics Fluid mechanics (visco-plastic fluids)
Frostad, John Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical engineering; Food sciences (including food engineering); Emulsions; Fluid mechanics; Foams; Functional Foods; Interfacial Phenomena; Interfacial Rheology; Novel Instrumentation; Physics of Soft Matter; Agricultural Sprays
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 Bioinformatics; Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; Artificial Intelligence; Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical Technologies; Computer Vision; Deep Learning; image analysis; Imaging; Machine Learning; Medical Image Computing
Garrett, Bernard Mark School of Nursing Nursing; Health Care Technologies; Ethics and Health; Media Influence on Behavior; Alternative Medicine; Augmented reality; Deception in Healthcare; Evidence-basedPpractice; Healthcare Regulation; Virtual Reality (VR)
Girling, Cynthia School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Other Arts; 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

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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: Scientific Reports
UBC Author(s): Edouard Asselin (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Nature Communications
UBC Author(s): James John Timothy Connolly (School of Community and Regional Planning / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: BMC Nursing
UBC Author(s): Lydia Wytenbroek (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 21
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
UBC Author(s): Guy A Dumont (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 22
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Communications Earth and Environment
UBC Author(s): John Thomas Steen (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 3
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: BMC Public Health
UBC Author(s): Leanne Currie (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 22
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Nature Communications
UBC Author(s): Yankai Cao (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Research Involvement and Engagement
UBC Author(s): Annette Browne (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 8
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 19
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes
UBC Author(s): Sally Thorne (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science), Amanda Howard (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 6
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Scientific Reports
UBC Author(s): Jane Hill (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: Human Resources for Health
UBC Author(s): Sabrina Wong (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 20
Publication Date: December 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Multiphase Flow
UBC Author(s): Mona Rahmani (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03019322
Volume: 157
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: Construction and Building Materials
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09500618
Volume: 356
Publication Date: 21 November 2022

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Publication: Advanced Optical Materials
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: 18 November 2022

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Publication: Biomacromolecules
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 15257797
Volume: 23
Page Range: 4696-4708
Publication Date: 14 November 2022

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Publication: Micromachines
UBC Author(s): Peyman Servati (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Current Oncology
UBC Author(s): Sally Thorne (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 29
Page Range: 8180-8196
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Engineering Structures
UBC Author(s): Carlos Estuardo Ventura (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01410296
Volume: 270
Publication Date: 1 November 2022

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Publication: Computers in Biology and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Zhen Wang (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00104825
Volume: 150
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
UBC Author(s): Clarence Wilfred de Silva (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 21682267
Volume: 52
Page Range: 11491-11503
Publication Date: 1 November 2022

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Publication: Journal of Building Engineering
UBC Author(s): Zhengbo Zou (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 59
Publication Date: 1 November 2022

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Publication: Journal of Vascular Surgery
UBC Author(s): Srikantha Anasavarapu (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 07415214
Volume: 76
Page Range: 1238-1243.e1
Publication Date: November 2022

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Publication: Journal of women's health (2002)
UBC Author(s): Rubee Dev (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 31
Page Range: 1529-1539
Publication Date: 1 November 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. Palmieri focused on the modeling of the degradation of clayey soils during earthquakes. She derived a simplified procedure to predict the strength of this type of soil under different frequencies of loading. Further, she developed a degradation mechanism for an existing model to conduct seismic analysis under different amplitudes of loading. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Shademani developed a remote controlled, implantable drug delivery device for the treatment of osteomyelitis, a condition caused by bacterial infection of bone. This device is controlled by a magnet from outside of the body. He also studied the synergistic interactions between antibiotics and silver particles to enhance antibacterial efficacy. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Banerjee's dissertation studied soil liquefaction under the influence of particle-level factors. He isolated these factors using numerical models to explore micro-macro connections. Fundamental insights from this cyclic loading-based analysis can be applied to the development of geo constitutive modeling and designing of granular materials. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Liu studied machine tools used in the machining of metal. He developed both physics-based, and data-driven methods to identify the vibration behavior of such machines, which affects the quality of the manufactured parts. His work benefits the manufacturing industry in the planning and production of high-quality precision parts. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Wang designed low-power low-voltage CMOS circuits for wirelessly powered smart stent system. The implemented implantable system can be integrated with a medical stent to sense critical data and transmit data out for diagnosis. The wirelessly powered smart stent does not need a bulky battery hence it can be implanted inside narrow blood vessels. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2022 Engineers and professionals owe a duty to warn of impending risk. Dr. Taale has innovated a novel platform based on the IoT to transform environmental vibrations into earthquake early warnings. This platform utilizes earthquake engineering and artificial intelligence to warn the public, integrating early warning as a service in our daily lives. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Fairhurst studied the effect of long duration megathrust earthquake motions on the structural response of reinforced concrete shearwall buildings. His work included novel methods of ground motion characterization along with recommendations to ensure new buildings at risk from megathrust earthquakes meet minimum safety standards. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Zhang developed a sensor fusion system in a human-prosthesis-environment loop to recognize the environments, predict the motion intent of different users, and control the motion of prosthesis. The proposed methods increase the intelligence of wearable robots, improve the human-robot interaction, and help amputees walk in complex environments. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Rodrigues established laser ultrasonics as a quantitative measurement technique to in-situ monitor phase transformations in titanium alloys and developed a systematic methodology to quantify different phases from microstructural images. These studies are of relevance to design advanced titanium alloys for biomedical and aerospace applications. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
2022 Dr. Kamel mitigated statical issues in modeling bike ridership and safety such as measurement errors and temporal correlation. He assessed the impact of land use, bike network, and demographics on bike ridership and safety. He supported urban planners by developing a zone-based index to represent both biking attractiveness and crash risk. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)

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