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
Rahmani, Mona Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Ranger, Manon School of Nursing Neurodevelopment; Clinical nursing, secondary (acute care); neurodevelopment; Early-adversity; Biomarkers of early stress exposure; Brain development; pain; Prematurity
Ripeanu, Matei Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Computer Systems; Data Analytics; distributed systems; Graph Analytics; High performance computing; Social Networks; Storage Systems
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 Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Medical biotechnology; ultrasound; Robotics
Rojas, Orlando Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Department of Wood Science Nanopolysaccharides (based on cellulose, chitin, starches and others); Bacterial nanocelluloses; Cellulose derivatives; Lignins, colloidal lignins, nanolignins and their uses; Renewable biopolymers (hemicelluloses, proteins, chitin and chitosan, alginates and others); Multiphase systems (emulsions, foams, dispersed systems), gels, aerogels; Films, filaments and hybrid materials; Nanocomposites; Bioactive systems; Fiber processing; Pulp and paper
Rubin, Julia Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Computer engineering; Programming languages and software engineering; Computer Systems; software engineering; Software quality, security, and robustness; program analysis; Adversarial robustness, explainability, and interpretability of ML-based systems; Mobile and cloud software
Rysanek, Adam School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Environmental Systems
Saewyc, Elizabeth School of Nursing Homeless or street involved youth, sexual minority youth, sexual exploitation of youth, discrimination, trauma and resilience., Youth health issues, stigma, violence, trauma, adolescent health, protective factors, sexual minority, homeless, immigrant, indigenous
Salcudean, Septimiu Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Biomedical technologies, Haptic interfaces, teleoperation and simulators, medical robotics, imaging and interfaces, optimization-based design, prostate cancer
Salfi, Joseph Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Quantum Physics; Quantum Information; Solid State Physics; Electronic Transport; Mesoscopic Physics; Nanoelectronicx; Micro Technologies; Nano Technologies; Quantum information science and technology; Quantum computers; Quantum Simulators; Machine Learning; Information security
Sandercock, Leonie School of Community and Regional Planning multiculturalism and cities, urban policy, integration of immigrants, cross-cultural planning, First Nations collaborative community planning
Satterfield, Blair School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture use of second stream materials in construction, providing designers and the community with greater access to digital design and fabrication processes, and the design and application of energy and material efficient methods for construction
Sayed, Tarek Department of Civil Engineering transportation engineering, Transportation, Full Bayes safety models, Automated safety analysis using computer vision techniques, Safety evaluations, Traffic conflicts techniques, Pedestrian modeling, and ITS
Schajer, Gary Department of Mechanical Engineering Solid mechanics; optical metrology; residual stress measurement; ESPI; DIC; wood mechanics
Scholes, Rachel Department of Civil Engineering Environmental chemistry; Trace contaminants; Water reuse; Nature-based treatment systems; Stormwater treatment; Green Chemistry
Senbel, Maged School of Community and Regional Planning Urban design, environmental planning, climate change planning, public engagement, urban agriculture, multi-media, social media and youth engagement
Servati, Peyman Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Energy Systems, Emerging Micro/Nano Technologies
Shahrad, Mohammad Computer engineering; cloud computing; serverless computing; Resource Management; data center efficiency
Shahrad, Mohammad Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering cloud computing; serverless computing; Resource Management; data center efficiency
Sharafianardakani, Amir Heat and mass transfer operations; Catalytic process engineering; Mechanical characterization (including modeling, testing, and monitoring); Hydrogen; Natural gas; Decarbonization; climate change; Greenhouse gas reduction
Shawwash, Ziad K Department of Civil Engineering Modeling and optimization of large-scale civil engineering systems; planning, design and operation of hydroelectric generating facilities; use of decision, policy and risk analysis techniques in water resource planning and management; use of artificial intelligence systems in water resource and hydroelectric systems.
Shekhar, Sudip Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Chip design, radio communication, mobile communication, data links, integrated circuits, photonics, CMOS, wireless, electronics, Internet of Things.

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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: 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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Publication: Acta Geotechnica
UBC Author(s): Mahdi Taiebat (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 18611125
Volume: 17
Page Range: 779-802
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Environmental Science and Technology
UBC Author(s): Naomi Zimmerman (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 0013936X
Volume: 56
Page Range: 2880-2896
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Men's Studies
UBC Author(s): John Oliffe (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10608265
Volume: 30
Page Range: 111-131
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal
UBC Author(s): James Olson (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 02832631
Volume: 37
Page Range: 54-65
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal
UBC Author(s): James Olson (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 02832631
Volume: 37
Page Range: 42-53
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Current opinion in supportive and palliative care
UBC Author(s): Kristen Haase (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 16
Page Range: 3-13
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
UBC Author(s): Sergii Kravchenko (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 1359835X
Volume: 154
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Behavioral Sciences
UBC Author(s): John Oliffe (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): John Oliffe (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00207640
Volume: 68
Page Range: 288-293
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Additive Manufacturing
UBC Author(s): Daan Maijer (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 51
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Journal of Materials Research and Technology
UBC Author(s): Daan Maijer (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 22387854
Volume: 17
Page Range: 1522-1539
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: 99-102
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: Cellulose
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09690239
Volume: 29
Page Range: 2961-2973
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Additive Manufacturing
UBC Author(s): Sergii Kravchenko (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 51
Publication Date: March 2022

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

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Publication: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
UBC Author(s): Ian Frigaard (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09204105
Volume: 210
Publication Date: March 2022

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Political Science
UBC Author(s): Antony Hodgson (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00084239
Volume: 55
Page Range: 208-225
Publication Date: 1 March 2022

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Publication: International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems - ASPLOS
UBC Author(s): Prashant Nair (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Page Range: 1056-1069
Publication Date: 28 February 2022

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Publication: ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
UBC Author(s): Frank Ko (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Steven Rogak (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 10
Page Range: 2772-2783
Publication Date: 28 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Fluid Mechanics
UBC Author(s): Ian Frigaard (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00221120
Volume: 933
Publication Date: 25 February 2022

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Publication: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
UBC Author(s): David Wilkinson (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 19448244
Volume: 14
Page Range: 9084-9096
Publication Date: 23 February 2022

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Publication: Science of the Total Environment
UBC Author(s): Madjid Mohseni (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00489697
Volume: 808
Publication Date: 20 February 2022

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Publication: Health promotion international
UBC Author(s): John Oliffe (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 37
Publication Date: 17 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Membrane Science
UBC Author(s): Jongho Lee (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03767388
Volume: 644
Publication Date: 15 February 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. Seyed-Ahmadi investigated how particle shape influences the behavior of suspensions, and developed a novel data-driven model for the prediction of forces and torques in particulate flows. His model serves as the first step towards bringing simulations of industrial-scale systems within reach. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Ma studied wavelength and polarization control for on-chip communication systems such as mobile network servers. He presented novel silicon photonic integrated circuit designs, from components to sub-systems, as well as intelligent control techniques. His studies facilitate developing fully integrated, high-speed, data-processing systems. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Sun investigated energy storage applications. She developed a privacy protection solution for end consumers, a frequency regulation scheme for system operators, and a market participation strategy for storage owners. Her algorithms provide meaningful insights for the application of energy storage to support the paradigm shift to smart grids. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mitelman developed an analogous method for solving ground-support problems, having an impact on the obligation for civil and mining engineers to ensure the stability of underground excavations. His proposed method requires less simplifying assumptions than analytical solutions and less computational resources than numerical methods. Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Paterson explored and modelled the dynamic response of papermaking fibre suspensions undergoing compressive dewatering operations. His research advanced traditional deformable porous media models by including effects of the fibres' complex structure. The findings are valuable for optimizing designs of pulp and paper industrial equipment. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mirazimi studied the dissolution of arsenic from mine waste materials and investigated the key factors that control arsenic release from arsenic bearing minerals to the environment. His study provides key information for the prevention and management of waste rock drainage containing arsenic. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Yang investigated the interdependency analysis and modelling among critical infrastructures. He optimized the preparation and restoration processes at both the pre- and the post-disaster phase. This research increases the resilience of critical infrastructure systems for disaster response. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Daniel studied the interfaces between layers in the multilayer structure of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell. His work resulted in an integrated multilayer architecture that eliminates detrimental gaps around the catalyst layer to improve the performance and operational flexibility of fuel cells, critical for automotive applications. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Zhou studied 3D interactions and spatial perception for Virtual Reality displays. She created techniques to generate realistic visualization on 3D displays. This research paves the way for future VR studies and applications. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Nguyen developed efficient algorithms for pricing and resource allocation in edge computing. This research assists service providers and network operators to optimize the operation and planning of edge networks. It also facilitates the development of new marketplaces for fair and efficient allocation and trading of edge resources. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)

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