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
Howie, John Department of Civil Engineering Field and laboratory characterization of soils for geotechnical engineering design, ground improvement, foundation engineering
Hutton, Thomas School of Community and Regional Planning theoretical and normative issues of urban and regional change among advanced and transitional societies
Isaacson, Michael D Department of Civil Engineering Coastal and offshore hydrodynamics, with a particular emphasis on ocean waves and their effects on structures.
Ivanov, Andre Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering microelectronics; integrated circuits, computer chip design, smart grid, engineering curriculum, Computer and Software Systems, Emerging Micro/Nano Technologies
Jaeger, Nicolas A Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Integrated-optics, fiber-optics, optical sensors, optical measurement of voltage and current in power substations, ultrahigh-speed electro-optic modulators, ultrahigh-speed measurement techniques
Jatskevich, Juri Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Power and energy systems, smart energy grids, power electronic systems and converter circuits, electrical machines and drives, controls, electromagnetic transients, computer modeling and simulation, distributed and parallel simulation
Jelovica, Jasmin Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering Sandwich structures, Finite element analysis, Structural optimization, Welding and joining of metals, Ultimate, fatigue and impact strength
Jenkins, Emily School of Nursing
Jin, Xiao Liang Department of Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing Processes for Advanced Materials, Vibration Assisted Machining, Machining Mechanics and Dynamics, Surface Integrity, Material Characterization
Kellett, Ronald School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Environmental quality, urban form, development of tools for urban design, green neighbourhoods
Kirchen, Patrick Department of Mechanical Engineering Thermochemical Energy Conversion, Combustion, Internal Combustion Engines, Ion Transport Membranes, Emissions, Fuel Injection
Klein, Bern Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering processing of precious minerals; processing of industrial metals, Ultrafine grinding, high pressure grinding rolls, hydraulic transport of non-Newtonion mineral slurries, industrial minerlas, mine-mill integration, continuous centrifugal gravity concentration, improved technologies for artisinal andsmall scale gold miners, metal leaching from waste rock, rheology of mineral suspensions
Ko, Frank Department of Materials Engineering Textile Structural Composites
Kruchten, Philippe Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering software, software design, software development, engineering design, entrepreneurship, project management, profession, licensing, Architecture of large-scale, software-intensive systems Software development processes Software project management
Kryworuchko, Jennifer School of Nursing factors that limit agency in decision-making (DM) to design effective multi-level interventions that improve access to palliative care for people who are vulnerable
Lampe, Lutz Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Communication Systems, Wireless Communications, Mobile Communications, , Communication and information theory, Smart Grid, Grid diagnostics, Ultra-wideband (UWB), Wireless sensor networks, Localization and tracking, RFID, Cognitive radio, Power line communications, Compressed sensing, Machine Learning
Lau, Anthony K Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Environmental engineering, waste-to-resource recycling, composting, odor control, biohydrogen energy
Laval, Bernard Department of Civil Engineering physical limnology fluid mechanics environmental fluid mechanics underwater robotics, Field and 3D numerical modeling techniques to describe the spatial and temporal variations of physical processes and their impacts on transport in lakes and coastal waters
Lawrence, Gregory Department of Civil Engineering Environmental fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrodynamic stability and mixing, physical limnology, water quality management
Leaf, Michael School of Community and Regional Planning urbanization and social change in Third World countries, particularly southeast Asia and China, Analysis and planning for societies in the midsts of their urban transitions, with particular attention to cases in Asia, Infrastructure and urban environments in developing countries
Lee, Jongho Department of Civil Engineering Membranes, Water/Wastewater Treatment, Desalination, Resource Harvesting, Nanoporous Media, Electrokinetics
Lemieux, Guy Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering vector processors, parallel programming, programmable logic devices (PLDs, FPGAs), computer architecture, computer arithmetic, custom computing hardware, computer engineering, Programmable logic and computing systems, multiprocessor and computer architecture
Lence, Barbara Jean Department of Civil Engineering Hydrotechnical, Optimizing design and operational strategies of water resources projects, reliable withdrawal-treatment strategies for contaminated groundwater supply systems, asset management strategies for mid-sized water utilities with limited break data, water distribution system operational procedures to meet hydraulic and water quality objectives
Leung, Victor C Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Leung, Cyril Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Wireless communications, cellular systems, multihop mobile networks

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Graduate Student Profiles

Jocelyn Fraser

Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
From Social Risk to Shared Purpose: Can the Mining Sector Transform Social Responsibility

Devy Dyson

Master of Applied Science in Materials Engineering (MASc)
Modelling the Kinetics of Zinc Sulphide Concentrate Pressure Leaching in Autoclave systems
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

Vasilii Triandafilidi

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Molecular Dynamics simulation of piezo-ionic sensors

Arman Seyed-Ahmadi

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Momentum and Heat Transfer in Suspension Flows

Xiuhua Li

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Resource Allocation and Content Caching In 5G Mobile Networks

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

Pan Zhao

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
Advanced Control of Large-Scale Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

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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