Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
Neutrophil inflammatory responses: neutrophil reverse migration and NETosis
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|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|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; Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods; Physics of Soft Matter; 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||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|
|Gyenge, Elod Lajos||Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering||Electrochemical engineering, fuel cells, batteries, electrodes|
|Haase, Kristen||School of Nursing||Nursing, n.e.c.; oncology; Older Adults; Geriatric oncology; Health systems research; Mixed Methods Research; Qualitative research; Self-management; E-health|
|Harten, Julia||School of Community and Regional Planning|
|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||Nursing; factors that influence nurses’ ability to provide effective patient care; health human resource optimization|
|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|
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.
|2021||Built form, health, housing, and demographic indicators are explored in Dr. Shulman's research. While results point to gentrification, they do not indicate displacement of low-income households. Findings are particularly important to policymakers and planners in facilitating a discussion about accessibility and social inequality.||Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Sarbishei studied sulfur deportment in ferronickel production via Rotary Kiln-Electric Furnace process. He investigated the effect of sulfur content of rotary kiln fuel on the final composition of crude ferronickel. His findings will help the nickel industry to minimize the sulfur impurity in ferronickel and reduce the role of the refinery.||Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)|
|2021||On average, the mining industry has been generating low shareholder returns for over 50 years. Dr. Gillis found that mining company returns are driven by the accuracy of financial forecasts at the planning stage of mining projects. He identified methods to improve project forecasts and generate higher long-term shareholder returns.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Zhou's work presents a comprehensive study of GaN transistors. GaN transistors are used in power applications, helping to convert, manage, and control electric power. It provides high power efficiency and low system costs. Dr. Zhou demonstrated a new failure mechanism analysis method and three different methods to enhance the device performances.||Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Voskobojnikov studied the human challenges that arise in the context of crypto-assets, such as bitcoin or Ether. His research shows that both users and non-users struggle in the ecosystem due to its complex nature. His findings further the understanding of the shortcomings of current software and can be leveraged to enhance the user experience.||Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Douglas surveyed over 900 residents in the Greater Vancouver Regional District and conducted 15 in-depth interviews to try to find out. Read his thesis at greatneighbourhood.ca and learn how high-quality public space might improve residents' sense of community in high-density neighbourhoods.||Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Karpinski-Leydier designed and developed a rapid machine learning modeling method for studying new automotive energy technologies. These techniques allow for new more environmentally friendly energy conversion technologies to be developed and released to the public more quickly and at a reduced cost.||Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)|
|2021||Mining wastewater contains elevated concentration of selenium with toxic effects to aquatic life. Biological treatment is a preferred method for removal of selenium from wastewater. In this research, the rate of selenium removal is studied in a bioreactor. The results provide key information for mining industry toward sustainable mining operations.||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Foroozand developed novel approaches to better estimate dependencies in sensor networks, which can support reduction and re-evaluation of high-density raingauge and streamflow networks. This, in turn, can optimize efficiency in future efforts to collect valuable information for modeling and support decision-making in water resource management.||Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Wang examined the security and privacy issues of artificial intelligence, or AI, for digital media. He studied four typical AI models from three dominant computer vision tasks, and designed novel algorithms to expose their threats individually. The findings provide insights for developing more secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence.||Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)|
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