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. 

Mission
To create and apply knowledge and to educate globally responsible professionals empowered to effect enduring, positive change for society.
 
1241
Master's Students
570
Doctoral Students
574
Graduate Degrees Awarded

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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 clusters:

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Feng, James Jingtao Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Mathematics Complex fluids, Biophysics, Mathematical biology
Feng, Hsi-Yung Department of Mechanical Engineering 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)
Froese, Thomas Department of Civil Engineering Construction Engineering and Management, Project Management, Computer-Integrated Construction, Product and Process Models for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, Computers in Engineering Education
Frostad, John Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Emulsions, Foams, Functional Foods, Interfacial Rheology, Interfacial Phenomena, Human Health
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
Gadala, Mohamed Department of Mechanical Engineering Mechanics and heat transfer, Crack Detection and Crack Propagation, Numerical Simulation of Controlled Cooling Process of Steel
Garrett, Bernard Mark School of Nursing Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented reality, Evidence-basedPpractice, Deception in Healthcare, Healthcare Regulation
Girling, Cynthia School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture 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 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
Hall, Eric Department of Civil Engineering forest industry pollution; pulp and paper wastewater, wastewater treatment, Environmental Engineering, Pollution Control and Wastewater Management
Hall, Wendy Anne School of Nursing transition to parenting and the related areas of infant sleep and breast feeding; effects of infant behavioural sleep problems on infants and their parents and developing interventions to assist parents to manage those sleep problems
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
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 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

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Graduate Student Profiles

Alex Sylvester

Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (MASc)
Geometric Heat and Mass Transfer Enhancements in Energy Recovery Ventilators

Yanuar Philip Wijaya

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Electrocatalytic hydrogenation-hydrodeoxygenation of lignin-derived aromatics for the production of valuable chemicals and fuels
Sahand Sarbishei poses for a photo

Sahand Sarbishei

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
Sulfur deportment in ferronickel production via Rotary Kiln-Electric Furnace process

Chantelle Recsky

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Developing a Taxonomy of Technology-Mediated Adverse Events

AJung Moon

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
Human Robot Interaction and Roboethics

Meaghan Thumath

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Exploring effective strategies to mitigate structural inequities and improve access to primary health care for Indigenous women in Canada and internationally
Mirza Sarwara

Mirza Sarwar

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Transparent and Flexible Tactile Interface for Human Computer Interaction

Lee Rippon

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Advanced Process Control and Analytics

Alumni on Success

Michel AlSharidah

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

Michael Wrinch

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

Mehrdad Fatourechi

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

Mohamed Sultan Mohamed Ali

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

Bernard Ng

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

Jasna Jankovic

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

Samer Al-Kiswany

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

Arash Takshi

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

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