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
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
Sandercock, Leonie School of Community and Regional Planning multiculturalism and cities, urban policy, integration of immigrants, cross-cultural planning, First Nations collaborative community planning
Sassani, Farrokh Department of Mechanical Engineering Mechanical systems automatation through re-design and computer control, manufacturing processes
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 Full-Field Optical Metrology, X-Ray CT Log Scanning, Industrial Residual Stress Measurements
Scoble, Malcolm Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Sustainable mining, mining with communities, mine-mill integration, workplace safety, mining innovation
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
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.
Sinclair, Chadwick Department of Materials Engineering Materials Science and Engineering, Computational Materials Science, Manufacturing, Alloy Design, Solid State Physics, Mechanics
Smith, Kevin Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Catalysis, biofuels
Soules, Matthew School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture relationship between contemporary capitalism and the built environment; three interrelated topics that collectively constitute a significant constellation within capitalism
Staub-French, Sheryl Department of Civil Engineering Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), collaboration and integrated project delivery, design and construction coordination, 4D (3D + time) visualization, interactive workspaces
Stevens, Mark School of Community and Regional Planning evaluating the effectiveness of local and regional government land use planning efforts, with a goal of producing new knowledge that can help communities anticipate and adapt to changes according to the principles of sustainable development; plan-making and implementation, growth management, natural hazard mitigation, and legal issues in planning; (1) a study of municipal climate change planning in BC, (2) a meta-analysis of environmental policy adoption, (3) a plan evaluation study of award-winning plans, and (4) a study on the content and delivery of quantitative methods courses in urban planning programs
Stevens, Sara School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture history and theory of architecture and urban design, urban history, economic theory, and the history of infrastructure
Stoeber, Boris Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Microelectromechanical Systems, MEMS, Microfluidics, Sensor Technology, Biomedical Microdevices, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Microflow Phenomena, Sensor technology, Integrated microsystems for biomedical applications and for environmental control
Tafaghodi, Leili Department of Materials Engineering Sustainable high temperature materials processing; Synthesis and refining of high quality metals and alloys; Thermodynamics; Mineral processing
Taghipour, Fariborz Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Solar Fuels, Artificial Photosynthetic Systems, UV Photoreactors, UV-LED Reactors, UV Microplasma, Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Reactors, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Taiebat, Mahdi Department of Civil Engineering static and dynamic soil-structure interaction, Theoretical and computational geomechanics, constitutive modeling of engineering materials, geotechnical earthquake engineering, static and dynamic soil-structure-interaction
Takahata, Kenichi Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Biomedical Technologies, Emerging Micro/Nano Technologies
Tang, Shuo Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Biophotonics, biomedical optics, optical tissue imaging instrumentation, optical coherence tomography, multiphoton microscopy

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Graduate Student Profiles

Janna Fabris

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
Establishing a Knowledge Framework for the Advancement of Composites Manufacturing and Design Practice

Bulmaro Valdés Benavides

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
Reducing Compensatory Movements in Stroke Therapy through the Use of Robotic Devices and Augmented Feedback

Graham Allegretto

Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MASc)
Investigation and Applications of the Piezoionic Effect

Lee Rippon

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Advanced Process Control and Analytics

Pan Zhao

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
Advanced Control of Large-Scale Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

Cail Smith

Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)

Vasilii Triandafilidi

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Molecular Dynamics simulation of piezo-ionic sensors

Danielle Salvatore

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Optimization of Electrolyzers for CO2 Reduction

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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