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
Li, Loretta Department of Civil Engineering Contaminated site investigation and management, environmental monitoring, risk and impact assessment, soil-contaminant interactions, mobility and migration of contaminants, remediation technology, mine tailings waste disposal and treatment processes
Lim, Choon Jim Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Biomass and fossil fuels, Spouted bed, Gas-particle system hydrodynamics, heat transfer, Hydrogen production
Lis, Mieszko Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Computer and Software Systems
Liu, Wenying Department of Materials Engineering Use of sea water in heap leaching; Release of selenium and associated toxic elements from mine waste materials; Heap leach modelling
Lokman, Kees School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture design studios in the landscape architecture
Lynam, Mary Judith School of Nursing Culture, gender and health research
Ma, Hongshen Department of Mechanical Engineering Microfluidics; Instrumentation; Cell Sorting; Cell Biomechanics; Circulating Tumor Cells; Malaria and Red Blood Cell Deformability; Single Cell Technologies; Cell Migration and Chemotaxis
Macdonald, Christopher School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Design Thinking, housing, social equity, policy development, contemporary urban housing practices, early modern houses
MacPhee, Maura School of Nursing professional development, higher education, patient safety, systems analysis, leadership and management, pediatrics
Madden, John Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering artificial muscle, wearables, smart materials, electronic skin
Madiseh, Ali Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Maijer, Daan Department of Materials Engineering Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow, Stress, Microstructure Materials processing models employed for process control
Marti, Jose Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Computer modelling of response to disasters, Infrastructures Interdependencies Simulation (I2Sim) project, electric power, Energy systems
Martinez, Mark Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Fluid mechanics, Complex fluids, Flow visualization
Mavinic, Donald Department of Civil Engineering waste water treatment/management; water treatment and quality; environmental engineering, Environmental, Landfill leachate management, biological waste treatment processes, wastewater residuals treatment, nitrification and denitrification processes, phosphorus removal and recovery, diffused aeration studies, drinking water pipe corrosion studies and disinfection by-products in drinking water
McDaniels, Timothy School of Community and Regional Planning risk management; decision research, ecological risk; value tradeoffs; risk perceptions; biodiversity; wilderness benefits; global change; infrastructure; policy analysis; natural and manmade disasters, Risk management, decision research, ecological risk, value tradeoffs, risk perceptions, biodiversity, wilderness benefits, global change, infrastructure, policy analysis, natural and manmade disasters
McKay, Sherry School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Architectural hisory Contemporary Theory, Globalization and Contested Territory, Housing, Social Equity
McPherson, Gladys School of Nursing addressing health equity within one First Nations community
Merida-Donis, Walter Department of Mechanical Engineering Clean energy, Electrochemical energy conversion, Thermodynamics, Low carbon fuels, Fuel cells and hydrogen
Mesbah, Ali Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Computer and Software Systems; software engineering
Meyboom, Annalisa School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space; use of structural behaviour algorithms in the generation of architectural form
Michelson, David Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering wireless communications, Propagation and channel modeling, low profile antenna design, wireless communication system performance, EMI/EMC
Militzer, Matthias Department of Materials Engineering Multi-scale modelling of microstructure evolution, Physical metallurgy of advanced high strength steels
Mirabbasi, Shahriar Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Analog and mixed-signal intergrated circuits and systems design, intergrated circuit design with an emphasis on high-speed data communication and signal processing applications
Miskovic, Ilija Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Multi-physics of Geo-materials, Big Data

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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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