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
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
Miskovic, Sanja Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Mining engineering; Mineral Processing; multiphase systems; Production and Process Optimization; Optimization, Control and Operations Research; Prefeasibility and Pilot Scale; R&D and Innovation; Technological Innovations; Sensors and Devices; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Critical Elements Extraction; Embedded Sensors; Experimental Fluid Dynamics; High performance computing; IIoT; Industrial Big Data; Minerals Processing; Multiphase Flows
Mohseni, Madjid Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical engineering; Water quality engineering; Drinking Water; Chemical Pollutants; Used Water; Clean Technologies; Advanced oxidation; Drinking water quality and treatment; Electrochemical water treatment processes; UV based water purification and treatment; Water re-use
Molina Hutt, Carlos Department of Civil Engineering Earthquake engineering, performance-based seismic design, seismic resilience, risk analysis, high-rise buildings, innovative structural systems
Moss, Margaret School of Nursing American Indian health; Aging; Health Policy; health disparities with a focus on social and structural determinants of health
Nagamune, Ryozo Department of Mechanical Engineering Systems control and automation; Manufacturing engineering; control engineering; data-driven modeling and control; robust and linear parameter-varying control; modeling and control of floating offshore wind turbines and wind farms; modeling and control of COVID-19 outbreak; modeling and control of solar themal systems; control of automotive engines; optimization
Nair, Prashant Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Reliability, security, and performance-power efficient memory systems; System-level and architecture-level optimization to enable efficient and practical quantum computers
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
Noh, Minkyun Department of Mechanical Engineering Mechanical engineering; Mechatronics; Control System; Electric and Electronic Systems; Servo-Control; robotics and automation; Instruments; Machinery; Sensors and Devices; Actuators; Bearingless motors; Control; Electric machines and drives; Instrumentation; Magnetic bearings; Magnetic levitation; Mechatronic system design; Precision engineering; Robotics; sensors
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
Ojukwu, Emmanuela School of Nursing Health sciences; Social sciences; Humanities and the arts; Racial and gender health disparities and inequities; African, Carribbean and Black Immigrant Health; Women, Maternal-Infant, Youth Health; Psycho-social and Socio-ecologic determinants of health; Mental health, HIV/AIDS and other STIs; intersectionality
Oliffe, John School of Nursing Care; Sociology and related studies; Men's Health Promotion; Male Depression and Suicide; Psychosocial Prostate Cancer Care; Smoking Cessation
Ollivier-Gooch, Carl Department of Mechanical Engineering Aerodynamics (except hypersonic aerodynamics); Computational fluid mechanics; Algorithm Development for Computational Fluid Dynamics; Applied Aerodynamics; Numerical analysis; Unstructured Mesh Generation; Error and Stability Analysis for Unstructured Mesh Methods; Computer Sciences and Mathematical Tools; Fluid mechanics
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, Anoush Department of Materials Engineering Polymer matrix composite materials

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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: Journal of Membrane Science
UBC Author(s): Jongho Lee (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03767388
Volume: 643
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Infrastructure Systems
UBC Author(s): Amy Kim (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10760342
Volume: 28
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
UBC Author(s): Martin Ordonez (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08858993
Volume: 37
Page Range: 3099-3110
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems
UBC Author(s): Cyril Leung (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10459219
Volume: 33
Page Range: 536-550
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Fluids
UBC Author(s): Dana Grecov (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 7
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Mine Water and the Environment
UBC Author(s): Susan Baldwin (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10259112
Volume: 41
Page Range: 143-155
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Optical Materials Express
UBC Author(s): Lukas Chrostowski (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 12
Page Range: 1131-1139
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: IEEE Signal Processing Magazine
UBC Author(s): Zhen Wang (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10535888
Volume: 39
Page Range: 117-134
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Engine Research
UBC Author(s): Patrick Kirchen (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Steven Rogak (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 14680874
Volume: 23
Page Range: 380-396
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Cancer nursing
UBC Author(s): Sally Thorne (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 45
Page Range: E504-E513
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC
UBC Author(s): Emmanuela Ojukwu (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 33
Page Range: 211-223
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Waste and Biomass Valorization
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 18772641
Volume: 13
Page Range: 1749-1758
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Composites Part B: Engineering
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13598368
Volume: 232
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Measurement Science and Technology
UBC Author(s): Steven Rogak (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09570233
Volume: 33
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
UBC Author(s): Gwynn Elfring (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Ian Frigaard (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03770257
Volume: 301
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Experimental Mechanics
UBC Author(s): Gary Schajer (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00144851
Volume: 62
Page Range: 471-482
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Geotechnique
UBC Author(s): Mahdi Taiebat (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00168505
Volume: 72
Page Range: 227-246
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
UBC Author(s): Yusuf Altintas (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10871357
Volume: 144
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Cancers
UBC Author(s): Kristen Haase (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 14
Publication Date: March-2 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
UBC Author(s): Martino Tran (School of Community and Regional Planning / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 16617827
Volume: 19
Publication Date: March-1 2022

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Publication: Information Sciences
UBC Author(s): Clarence Wilfred de Silva (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00200255
Volume: 587
Page Range: 188-205
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Physics of Fluids
UBC Author(s): Rajeev Jaiman (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10706631
Volume: 34
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
UBC Author(s): Yu Christine Chen (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08858950
Volume: 37
Page Range: 1253-1263
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Health promotion practice
UBC Author(s): John Oliffe (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 15248399
Volume: 23
Page Range: 317-324
Publication Date: 1 March 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 March 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. Wang studied the technology of high pressure grinding rolls for improved energy efficiency in the mining industry. He developed models for sizing, circuit design and process simulation of this technology. His findings promote this technology and enable its evaluation with greater confidence and significantly lower sample and testing requirements. Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Kumar analyzed the non-metal fraction from the waste of printed circuit boards and the electronic waste recycling industry and showed the economic and environmental benefits of reprocessing. He proposed potentially cost-effective physical processing solutions to recycle non-metal fractions that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated. Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Taipale studied patient recovery from minimally-invasive thoracic aortic surgery. Her findings showed that patients had a high level of chronicity resulting in vulnerability, uncertainty and significant complications, and underscored the need to further develop supports that address physical and emotional aspects of patient-centered recovery. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
2021 Dr. Retallick developed methods for understanding the dynamics of charges in large arrangements of field-coupled quantum dots. These methods were used to assess the feasibility of a nanoscale computational architecture which uses silicon dangling bonds. His work will aid future development of nanostructures for compact, low-power computation. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Lee studied the moisture-related physical qualities of BC softwood pellets. His work suggested best practices for handling wood pellets in wet conditions. Dr. Lee's research also explored ways to minimize moisture adsorption, thus minimizing the degradation of wood pellets during storage and transport. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Mendler developed a novel reliability-based method to determine the minimum structural damages that can be detected and localized based on ambient structural vibrations. This framework allows engineers to evaluate the performance of existing instrumentation on bridges, and to optimize the sensor placement for earthquake-specific damages Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Cherom Kheirabadi's research involved developing mathematical models and control algorithms that allow offshore wind turbines to influence aerodynamic patterns and extract more energy from the wind. These methods raise wind farm efficiencies by 20%, thus making clean energy technology more competitive against fossil fuel-based sources. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Harmful soot emissions from combustion engines are sensitive to conditions inside the cylinder. Dr. Kheirkhah developed a fast-response method for characterizing the cycle-resolved variation of soot concentration and correlated this with combustion energy, demonstrating the possibility of mitigating emissions by controlling combustion variability. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Ou examined the associations between maternal-infant sleep quality and maternal anger and depression. She also advanced a grounded theory about how mothers develop and manage anger in the first two years after childbirth. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
2021 Dr. Arefi studied the transport of particles and cells within microfluidic devices that mimic biological systems. This research used computer simulations to help reveal the underlying physics of the phenomena, and its findings may contribute to the design of microfluidic devices that analyze particulate and cell transport through the endothelium. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)

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