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
Miskovic, Sanja Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Multiphase Flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Minerals Processing, Embedded Sensors, IIoT, Industrial Big Data, Critical Elements Extraction
Mohseni, Madjid Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Drinking water quality and treatment, Advanced oxidation, UV based water purification and treatment, Water re-use, Electrochemical water treatment processes
Mooney, Patrick School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture sustainable development; urban biological diversity; environmental restoration; wetland restoration; therapeutic landscapes; sustainable development; urban biological diversity; urban ecosystems; environmental management in urban planning; birds in urban environments; habitat management; Japanese gardens; habitats, Sustainable landscape planning, ecological restoration, design studio, evironmental issues
Nagamune, Ryozo Department of Mechanical Engineering control engineering, robust control, modeling, wind turbine control, solar themal system control, automotive engine control, optimization
Nasiopoulos, Panos Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Interactive multimedia (eg, iDTV, DVD), video broadcasting and streaming, multimedia middleware, video indexing and retrieval, digital video watermarking, next generation video and audio processing and compression
Neumann, Oliver School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Digital Fabrication, Concepts of Context, Wood Construction, Contemporary Architecture Discourse, Digital technology in the building process, contemporary fabrication technologies
Nojeh, Alireza Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Nanostructures (esp based on carbon nanotubes), controlled nanofabrication, electron emission phenomena, electron microscopy, modeling and simulation of nanoscale systems
Oliffe, John School of Nursing Suicide prevention, depression, smoking, mental health and illness, men's health, prostate cancer, masculinity, fathers, incarcertion, support groups
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Department of Mechanical Engineering Algorithm Development for Computational Fluid Dynamics , Error and Stability Analysis for Unstructured Mesh Methods, Unstructured Mesh Generation, Applied Aerodynamics
Olson, James Department of Mechanical Engineering Application of Physics and Fluid Mechanics to Problems Associated with the Pulp and Paper Industry, Mechanical Energy Reduction in Mechanical Pulping
Ordonez, Martin Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Energy systems, renewable energy, wind power, solar power, battery systems, fuel cells, electric vehicles, smart grid.
Pattabiraman, Karthik Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Software Reliability, Computer Security, Fault-tolerant computing, Software Security, Computer System Reliability, Computer Failures, Safety-critical computer systems, software failures, software faults, hardware faults, hardware failures
Pawlik, Marek Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Surface chemistry, Adsorption of polymers and surfactants, Process water and reagent chemistry, rheology of mineral suspensions, interparticle and interfacial phenomena
Phani, Srikantha Department of Mechanical Engineering Dynamics of multiscale materials, structures and devices, Applied Mechanics, Micromechanics
Phinney, Alison School of Nursing Capacities of older people for successfully coping with the functional consequences of aging and disease
Ponga de la Torre, Mauricio Department of Mechanical Engineering Spallation in Metals; Sub-linear scaling methods for calculating crystal defects using DFT;
Poole, Warren Department of Materials Engineering Advanced aluminum alloys, High strengths, high formable steels, Metal matrix composites, Microstructure/property models
Poursartip, Anoshiravan Department of Materials Engineering Polymer matrix composite materials
Ripeanu, Matei Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Distributed Systems, High Performance Computing, Storage Systems, Data Analytics , Graph Analytics , Social Networks
Rodney, Patricia School of Nursing Healthcare ethics; Nursing ethics; Nursing workplaces; Healthcare equity; Ethics and policy; Moral distress and moral climate
Roecker, Inge School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Social Equity, sustainable forms of urban habitation, social and cultural entities, urban living and communities, comtemporary programming, cultural context, sustainable building
Roehr, Daniel School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Sustainable communities, sustainable design, materials and construction, landscape architecture, integration of living roofs as holitstic system for stormwater management
Rogak, Steven Department of Mechanical Engineering Aerosols (their properties, strategies to minimize their creation and reducing aerosol concentrations where people spend most of their time
Rohling, Robert Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering Medical Imaging, Medical Information Systems, Robotics, Interventional Ultrasound, 3D Imaging, Spatial Compounding, Robotic System Calibration, Elastography, BioMEMS, Biomedical Engineering, Medical imaging and information systems, robetics, ultrasound imaging in 2D and 3D, biomedical technologies
Rubin, Julia Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering security and privacy in mobile applications, energy-efficiency in mobile and cloud software, compositional and collaborative software development

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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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