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
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
Mérida, 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, 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
Miskovic, Ilija Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Multi-physics of Geo-materials, Big Data
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
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.

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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: Project Management Journal
UBC Author(s): John Thomas Steen (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 87569728
Volume: 53
Page Range: 485-500
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit
UBC Author(s): Sheldon Green (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Boris Stoeber (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09544097
Volume: 236
Page Range: 1124-1134
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Sensors and Actuators A: Physical
UBC Author(s): Kenichi Takahata (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09244247
Volume: 345
Publication Date: 1 October 2022

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Publication: IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics
UBC Author(s): Martin Ordonez (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 21686777
Volume: 10
Page Range: 5944-5955
Publication Date: 1 October 2022

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Publication: Waste and Biomass Valorization
UBC Author(s): Cristina Zanotti (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 18772641
Volume: 13
Page Range: 4307-4318
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Journal of Adolescent Health
UBC Author(s): Elizabeth Saewyc (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 1054139X
Volume: 71
Page Range: 455-465
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
UBC Author(s): Adam Clare (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08906955
Volume: 181
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
UBC Author(s): Adam Clare (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08906955
Volume: 181
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Composites Part B: Engineering
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13598368
Volume: 245
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Environmental Research Letters
UBC Author(s): James John Timothy Connolly (School of Community and Regional Planning / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 17489318
Volume: 17
Publication Date: 1 October 2022

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Publication: Environmental Science and Pollution Research
UBC Author(s): Loretta Li (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09441344
Volume: 29
Page Range: 74742-74755
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Dementia
UBC Author(s): Alison Phinney (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 14713012
Volume: 21
Page Range: 2310-2350
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions
UBC Author(s): Sandra Lauck (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 19417640
Volume: 15
Page Range: E012168
Publication Date: 1 October 2022

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Publication: Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
UBC Author(s): Sheryl Staub-French (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Journal of Materials Processing Technology
UBC Author(s): Mauricio Ponga de la Torre (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09240136
Volume: 308
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Cement and Concrete Composites
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Tom Troczynski (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09589465
Volume: 133
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
UBC Author(s): Anoshiravan Poursartip (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Reza Vaziri (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 1359835X
Volume: 161
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Progress in Materials Science
UBC Author(s): David Wilkinson (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00796425
Volume: 130
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Resources, Conservation and Recycling
UBC Author(s): Omar Swei (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09213449
Volume: 185
Publication Date: October 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: 1247-1255
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Cement and Concrete Composites
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09589465
Volume: 133
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Engineering Structures
UBC Author(s): Tsung-Yuan Yang (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01410296
Volume: 268
Publication Date: 1 October 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
UBC Author(s): Stephanie Chang (School of Community and Regional Planning / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 22124209
Volume: 80
Publication Date: 1 October 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
UBC Author(s): Jennifer Baumbusch (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09553959
Volume: 108
Publication Date: October 2022

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Publication: Nursing Philosophy
UBC Author(s): Sally Thorne (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 14667681
Volume: 23
Publication Date: October 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 Quantum computers are expected to be exponentially faster than conventional computers in completing certain tasks. Dr. Zaribafiyan formulated the concept of hybrid quantum-classical computing and examined how hybrid algorithms can help scale up the applicability of these computers to a wider range of applications, from logistics to drug discovery. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Tobber proposed a novel building system to improve the seismic response of tall buildings. She led advanced simulation and large-scale experimental testing programs to study her system. Dr. Tobber is now an Assistant Professor at UBC Okanagan, where she continues her work making buildings safer and more resilient to natural disasters. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Parya Keyvani designed and fabricated a diode constructed from cellulose nanocrystal, in conjunction with hydrogels. Her findings contribute to the research to make flexible and biodegradable functional devices. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Shaikh used upright magnetic resonance imaging to study the effect of standing functional postures, compared to supine, on lumbopelvic muscle and bony geometry synchronously in adult spinal deformity patients. This work informs the way we study and understand this disease, and its future biomechanical modeling, mitigation, and treatment. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Malakoutian examined biomechanical properties of paraspinal muscles in spinal deformity patients. He found large variations in those properties with dramatic influences on spinal loading predicted by a musculoskeletal model. His research shed more light on potential causes of spinal diseases and can help in development of better treatments Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Rochussen studied direct-injection gaseous fuel combustion in heavy-duty engines using high-speed imaging inside the combustion chamber. He identified how in-cylinder phenomena impact efficiency and pollutant emissions. This work guides the development of future high-efficiency and low-pollutant engine technology using renewable gaseous fuels. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Mohammed Redha studied methods to improve the co-firing of coal with biomass to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels using computational fluid dynamics. These techniques include unsophisticated modifications of the furnace geometry, particle shrinkage due to densification of biomass, and thermogravimetric analysis of biomass and coal mining waste. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Wang built a novel reactor system to produce torrefied biomass with a high energy density and a long shelf life. The reactor technology developed is proven to be efficient in biomass thermal treatment and has the potential to be commercialized to promote the utilization of local renewable biomass resources and contribute to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions via displacing fossil fuels. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Haney studied Canadian abortion nursing from 1960-1999. Her analysis of previously untold stories of Registered Nurses revealed their key contributions to developing and providing safe abortion services amid significant legal, clinical and cultural challenges. Her study adds new insight into abortion, women's health, and nursing history. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
2021 Built form, health, housing, and demographic indicators are explored in Dr. Shulman's research. While results point to gentrification, they do not indicate displacement of low-income households. Findings are particularly important to policymakers and planners in facilitating a discussion about accessibility and social inequality. Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)

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