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
Kravchenko, Sergii Department of Materials Engineering Polymers and polymer composites, Multi-functional composites, High-throughput manufacturing process modelling of composites, Multi-scale, multi-physics, probabilistic computational modelling of composites, Manufacturing-informed performance simulation of composites, Machine learning methods in composites manufacturing and performance analysis, Composite structures for renewable energy & unmanned vehicles, Additive manufacturing
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 Civil engineering; Oceanography; Environmental Fluid Mechanics; Physical Limnology
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, Cyril Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Wireless communications, cellular systems, multihop mobile networks
Li, Xiaoxiao Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Explainable AI, Trustworthy AI, Privacy and Security, Medical Image Analysis, Bioinformatics
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
Liao, Renjie Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Statistical Learning Theory, Computer Vision, Machine Learning for Programming Languages, Natural Language Processing, Self-Driving
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
Low, Margaret School of Community and Regional Planning Urban and regional planning; Indigenous community planning; Indigenous sovereignty; Reconciliation
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 Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Medical and biomedical engineering; artificial muscle; electrochemical devices; electronic skin; Functional and Intelligent Materials; medical devices; smart materials; supercapacitors; wearables
Madiseh, Ali Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Mining engineering; Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation; Heat and mass transfer operations; energy systems; Renewable energy systems; Energy storage; Energy decarbonization; Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
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 Chemical engineering; Complex fluids; Flow visualization; Fluid mechanics

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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 Automation Science and Engineering
UBC Author(s): Clarence Wilfred de Silva (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 15455955
Volume: 19
Page Range: 2135-2152
Publication Date: 1 July 2022

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Publication: Renewable Energy
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09601481
Volume: 194
Page Range: 902-911
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: Structural Health Monitoring
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 14759217
Volume: 21
Page Range: 1694-1709
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: JMIR Research Protocols
UBC Author(s): Susan Herrington (School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 11
Publication Date: 1 July 2022

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Publication: Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation
UBC Author(s): Steven Rogak (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 02632241
Volume: 198
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: Physics of Fluids
UBC Author(s): Gregory Lawrence (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10706631
Volume: 34
Publication Date: 1 July 2022

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Publication: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
UBC Author(s): Maura MacPhee (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00028614
Volume: 70
Page Range: 1943-1945
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
UBC Author(s): Heather Trajano (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 02682575
Volume: 97
Page Range: 1909
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: Minerals Engineering
UBC Author(s): Bern Klein (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08926875
Volume: 184
Publication Date: 30 June 2022

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Publication: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
UBC Author(s): Panos Nasiopoulos (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Page Range: 89-92
Publication Date: 29 June 2022

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Publication: Physical Review Letters
UBC Author(s): Alireza Nojeh (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00319007
Volume: 128
Publication Date: 24 June 2022

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Publication: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
UBC Author(s): Yankai Cao (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08885885
Volume: 61
Page Range: 8432-8442
Publication Date: 22 June 2022

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Publication: Environmental science. Processes & impacts
UBC Author(s): Rachel Scholes (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 24
Page Range: 851-869
Publication Date: 22 June 2022

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Publication: Cell Reports
UBC Author(s): Ryan Ziels (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 39
Publication Date: 21 June 2022

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Publication: Proceedings - International Symposium on Computer Architecture
UBC Author(s): Tor Aamodt (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10636897
Page Range: 536-551
Publication Date: 18 June 2022

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Publication: Proceedings - International Symposium on Computer Architecture
UBC Author(s): Prashant Nair (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10636897
Page Range: 699-710
Publication Date: 18 June 2022

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Publication: Engineering Structures
UBC Author(s): Tsung-Yuan Yang (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01410296
Volume: 261
Publication Date: 15 June 2022

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Publication: Desalination
UBC Author(s): David Wilkinson (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Madjid Mohseni (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00119164
Volume: 532
Publication Date: 15 June 2022

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Publication: Journal of Membrane Science
UBC Author(s): Sheldon Green (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Steven Rogak (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03767388
Volume: 652
Publication Date: 15 June 2022

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Earl Foster (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 286
Publication Date: 15 June 2022

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Publication: Composites Part B: Engineering
UBC Author(s): Xiao Liang Jin (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13598368
Volume: 239
Publication Date: 15 June 2022

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Publication: Frontiers in Psychology
UBC Author(s): John Oliffe (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: 13 June 2022

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Publication: Optics Express
UBC Author(s): Shuo Tang (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 30
Page Range: 20401-20414
Publication Date: 6 June 2022

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Publication: SYSTOR 2022 - Proceedings of the 15th ACM International Conference on Systems and Storage Conference
UBC Author(s): Alexandra Fedorova (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Page Range: 51-57
Publication Date: 6 June 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
UBC Author(s): Walter Merida-Donis (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03603199
Volume: 47
Page Range: 20705-20717
Publication Date: 5 June 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 Dr. Shahriari developed a control algorithm to maintain a constant electric field in the cavity resonators that accelerate electrons. This controller predicts and corrects field fluctuation due to previous particles in the electron beam. Her research results in improved electron beam quality which can be used for various scientific research topics. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Ghahramani studied the rheological properties of a specific type of polymer blends referred to as Thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs). She performed comprehensive research to understand the origin of TPVs' flow instabilities such as melt fracture and wall slip. Her work resulted in clear recommendations to improve the processability of TPVs. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Mostafa developed schemes for supporting massive Internet of Things (IoT) systems in the wireless cellular networks using energy-efficient communication technologies. Those systems consist of a large number of IoT devices that collect data from the environment to enable diverse applications. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Hadi designed a novel six-axis optical force sensor with unparalleled performance compared to commercial sensors. The sensor can be used in a diverse range of mechatronic applications. Dr. Hadi successfully integrated his sensor in a telesurgical system, which can lead to significant efficiency and accuracy improvement in surgical tasks. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Wang developed non-equilibrium and non-equilibrium multilayer models to evaluate the thermal performance of liquefied natural gas storage tanks under dynamic conditions with minimum computation time. Also, the models successfully predict the thermal stratification and rollover phenomena in the cryogenic liquid storage tanks. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Voon studied heat transport in carbon nanotube forests. Through computational simulation, he showed how their unique structure and arrangement contributed to highly efficient heating, and how to harness their properties towards optimizing their efficiency and lifetime towards applications such as solar thermal energy. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Naresh Maroju studied the fundamental mechanics of machining amorphous metal alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMG). He developed physical models to predict chip formation, stress and temperature in the machining processes. The research results can guide the process planning in order to enhance the machining performance for BMG materials. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Rice explored risk and decision analysis in mining capital projects, showing how an adaptive approach to risk response can improve risk management outcomes. This research demonstrates that flexible and adaptive approaches can be used to manage risks characterized by high uncertainty in mining project development. Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Asoodeh focused on the design and implementation of two key building blocks of 5G phased array systems, namely, power amplifiers (PAs) and phase shifters (PHSs). 5G systems require both highly linear PAs to minimize the overall distortion and efficient PAs to prolong the battery life. PHSs also play the key role in steering the beam into space. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Ljubetic studied the thermodynamics and kinetics of gold leaching in ferric chloride media. The dissolution mechanism and its limitations were uncovered using batch leaching and electrochemical techniques. The research would help lay the foundation for development of an alternative technology for gold extraction. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)

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