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
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

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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: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
UBC Author(s): Guangrui Xia (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00189383
Volume: 69
Page Range: 2282-2286
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
UBC Author(s): Yu Christine Chen (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 19493053
Volume: 13
Page Range: 2197-2208
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Energy and Buildings
UBC Author(s): Sheldon Green (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Steven Rogak (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03787788
Volume: 262
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Health and Social Care in the Community
UBC Author(s): Bernard Mark Garrett (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09660410
Volume: 30
Page Range: 1163-1181
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Materialia
UBC Author(s): Rizhi Wang (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 22
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Hospital Infection
UBC Author(s): Edouard Asselin (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01956701
Volume: 123
Page Range: 186-188
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Mechanics of Materials
UBC Author(s): Mauricio Ponga de la Torre (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01676636
Volume: 168
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Renewable Energy
UBC Author(s): Anthony K Lau (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09601481
Volume: 190
Page Range: 1018-1028
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Bionic Engineering
UBC Author(s): Edmond Cretu (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 16726529
Volume: 19
Page Range: 590-615
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Electrocatalysis
UBC Author(s): David Wilkinson (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 18682529
Volume: 13
Page Range: 230-241
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies
UBC Author(s): Tarek Sayed (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 0968090X
Volume: 138
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Structural Engineering (United States)
UBC Author(s): Jasmin Jelovica (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 07339445
Volume: 148
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01418130
Volume: 205
Page Range: 703-718
Publication Date: 30 April 2022

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Publication: Science
UBC Author(s): John Madden (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00368075
Volume: 376
Page Range: 502-507
Publication Date: 29 April 2022

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Publication: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
UBC Author(s): S Sidney Fels (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Publication Date: 27 April 2022

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Publication: ACS Applied Nano Materials
UBC Author(s): Peyman Servati (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 5
Page Range: 5196-5207
Publication Date: 22 April 2022

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Publication: Environmental Science and Technology
UBC Author(s): Ryan Ziels (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 0013936X
Volume: 56
Page Range: 4749-4775
Publication Date: 19 April 2022

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Publication: Physical Review B
UBC Author(s): Joseph Salfi (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 24699950
Volume: 105
Publication Date: 15 April 2022

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Dana Grecov (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 282
Publication Date: 15 April 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: 169
Publication Date: 15 April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data
UBC Author(s): Edouard Asselin (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00219568
Volume: 67
Page Range: 919-931
Publication Date: 14 April 2022

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Publication: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 19448244
Volume: 14
Page Range: 16809-16819
Publication Date: 13 April 2022

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Publication: Journal of Fluid Mechanics
UBC Author(s): Gregory Lawrence (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00221120
Volume: 936
Publication Date: 10 April 2022

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Publication: ACS Applied Polymer Materials
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 4
Page Range: 2908-2916
Publication Date: 8 April 2022

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Publication: Structures
UBC Author(s): Jasmin Jelovica (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 38
Page Range: 1137-1150
Publication Date: April 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 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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