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
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.
Sinclair, Chadwick Department of Materials Engineering Modelization and Simulation; Theoretical Approach; Metals and Alloys; Material Design; Mechanical and Physical Processes; Materials Science and Engineering; Computational Materials Science; Manufacturing; Alloy Design; Solid State Physics; Mechanics
Smith, Kevin Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Fossil Fuels; Biomass (Energy); Chemical Processes; Applied catalysis
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
Srebnik, Simcha Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical engineering; Bioinspired engineering and biomimetic design; Carbon nanotubes; Developing models for interfacial polymerization membraned; Diffusion in nanostructured materials; Functional materials; Hierarchical modeling; Mechanical properties of polymers melts and polymer networks; Molecular simulation of polymers and composite materials; Molecular simulations; Optimization of protein-imprinted polymers; Polymers and biopolymers; Protein folding and stability; Statistical thermodynamics of polymers and biopolymers; Understanding polymer-carbon nanotube interactions
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
Steen, John Thomas Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Strategy; Innovation; Network analysis; Projects; Mining industry
Stevens, Sara School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture history and theory of architecture and urban design, urban history, economic theory, and the history of infrastructure
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
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
Swei, Omar Department of Civil Engineering Asset Management, Life Cycle Modeling, Optimization Methods, Real Options, Reinforcement Learning, Risk Analysis, Sequential Decision-Making, Stochastic Modeling, Sustainable Infrastructure Management, Time-Series Methods, Uncertainty Estimation and Propagation
Taghipour, Fariborz Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Clean Technologies; Solar and Wind Energy; Drinking Water; 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
Thorne, Sally School of Nursing Clinical oncology; Nursing; cancer care; chronic illness; Medical assistance in dying
Thrampoulidis, Christos Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Trajano, Heather Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical engineering; Biomass (Energy); Wood; Pulp and paper; Biochemicals; Biomass extractives recovery and utilization; Biorefining; catalysis; Hemicellulose; Kinetics; Pretreatment
Tran, Martino School of Community and Regional Planning systems science, predictive modelling and simulation for understanding and tackling societal challenges in energy and sustainability

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Graduate Student Stories

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: International Polymer Processing
UBC Author(s): Savvas Hatzikiriakos (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 0930777X
Volume: 37
Page Range: 341-356
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: Manufacturing Letters
UBC Author(s): Xiao Liang Jin (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 22138463
Volume: 33
Page Range: 437-443
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: European Spine Journal
UBC Author(s): S Sidney Fels (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09406719
Volume: 31
Page Range: 2383-2398
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
UBC Author(s): Purang Abolmaesumi (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 18616410
Volume: 17
Page Range: 1697-1705
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: Aerosol and Air Quality Research
UBC Author(s): Steven Rogak (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 16808584
Volume: 22
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: Nursing Open
UBC Author(s): Manon Ranger (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science), Sabrina Wong (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 9
Page Range: 2518-2524
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: Journal of Structural Engineering (United States)
UBC Author(s): Carlos Molina Hutt (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 07339445
Volume: 148
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: Resources Policy
UBC Author(s): John Thomas Steen (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03014207
Volume: 78
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: Journal of Transportation Engineering Part A: Systems
UBC Author(s): Tarek Sayed (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 24732907
Volume: 148
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: Engineering Structures
UBC Author(s): Jasmin Jelovica (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01410296
Volume: 266
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: Geotechnical Testing Journal
UBC Author(s): R Jonathan Fannin (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01496115
Volume: 45
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: Social Science and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Victoria Bungay (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 02779536
Volume: 309
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
UBC Author(s): Jasmin Jelovica (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 02683768
Volume: 122
Page Range: 2433-2461
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: Journal of Rheology
UBC Author(s): John Frostad (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01486055
Volume: 66
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: Journal of Environmental Management
UBC Author(s): Loretta Li (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03014797
Volume: 317
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Nursing Studies
UBC Author(s): Suzanne Campbell (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00207489
Volume: 133
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Dana Grecov (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 291
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
UBC Author(s): Warren Poole (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science), Matthias Militzer (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10735623
Volume: 53
Page Range: 3239-3244
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: Chemical Engineering Journal
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13858947
Volume: 443
Publication Date: 1 September 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
UBC Author(s): Yu Christine Chen (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01420615
Volume: 140
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
UBC Author(s): Petros Englezos (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09204105
Volume: 216
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: Health and Social Care in the Community
UBC Author(s): Helen Jean Brown (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09660410
Volume: 30
Page Range: e2287-e2296
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
UBC Author(s): Vikramaditya Yadav (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00084034
Volume: 100
Page Range: 2204-2216
Publication Date: September 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01418130
Volume: 215
Page Range: 691-704
Publication Date: 31 August 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
UBC Author(s): Walter Merida-Donis (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03603199
Volume: 47
Page Range: 31541-31550
Publication Date: 29 August 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. Aljalai developed novel signaling schemes to improve the performance of 5G cellular networks and beyond. He invented the Dual Pilot Scheme and its extended version to enhance the estimation of communication channels. His research improves Quality-of-Service by advancing telecommunication systems through practical and economic engineering solutions. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Soysa examined the shear behavior of sand-silt mixtures through an extensive experimental research program. He developed a new laboratory criterion to assess the seismic resistance of soils. His study advances the current state of knowledge and understanding of the strength and stiffness of soils. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Ibrahim demonstrated that mobile automated speed enforcement increases safety by reducing collisions and crime incidence, and identified that changing the number of times an enforcement is visited can change the safety outcome. These novel findings can allow road agencies to maximize safety benefits by strategically deploying limited resources. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Abdi introduced novel machine learning methods for clinical diagnosis and planning of jaw reconstructive surgeries and cardiovascular interventions. His designs and ideas enable clinicians in decision making via AI-generated insights from echocardiograms, multimodality information fusion, generative modelling, and object tracking. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Adhikari examined the synergy between pedestrian design features and neighbourhood walkability to explain physical activity in children, teens, and older adults. His findings can be used to design cities with better pedestrian environments by retrofitting existing urban infrastructure and harnessing neighbourhood walkability for health benefits. Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
2021 Dr. Mohtajeb used open MRI to study anterior femoroacetabular impingement, a condition that occurs with subtle bony abnormalities within the hip. She developed and validated a hip model using MRI and motion data and used it to predict impingement during level walking, helping us understand how bony deformities cause hip pain and osteoarthritis. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Heikkinen developed a laser-based method for remotely tracking microscopic motions of objects and structures. His technique can measure motions much less than the diameter of a human hair at distances of several tens of meters. His method has great potential for safely assessing the integrity of structures located in hazardous environments. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Mahmoodi studied the engineering of high-rise buildings. She investigated irregularities and discontinuities in concrete shear wall buildings. By understanding the complex nonlinear mechanics, she was able to develop design methods that will assist structural engineers to make high-rise buildings safer in earthquakes. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Ronquillo examined how Implementation Leadership Characteristics influenced nurses' use of mobile health technologies in clinical practice, and found that stronger implementation leadership among first-level leaders had a larger impact on younger nurses and nurses with diploma and bachelors degrees compared to nurses with graduate degrees. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
2021 Dr. Sakamoto examined the experiences and perceptions of older adults with dementia and hospitalized for long periods of time. Her work used first-hand patient accounts, and revealed that more can be done to actively involve them in their hospital care. She also revealed that nurses can do more to ensure the health and wellbeing of these patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

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