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
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, 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
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
Taylor, Justin
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
Troczynski, Tom Department of Materials Engineering ceramics, coatings, biomaterials, refractories, fracture, Medical applications, Processing, microstructure and properties of ceramics
Upham, David Chester Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical engineering; Energy Transformation and Energy Using; catalysis; Energy; Greenhouse gas mitigation
van der Loos, Hendrik Department of Mechanical Engineering Rehabilitation Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Design for Safety, Design Methodology and Design Coaching, Roboethics
Van Duzer, Leslie School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Body and Space, Contemporary Theory, Design Thinking
Varcoe, Colleen School of Nursing How the inequities of ethnicity, class, place and ability are central to violence against women, enhancing practice and policy in the context of violence and inequity
Vassos, Troy Wastewater treatment (including water treatment processes); Water Reclamation Reuse and Conservation; Water Treatment Technology; Wastewater Resource Recovery; Biosolids Management, Treatment and Resource Recovery; Bioenergy

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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: IEEE Sensors Journal
UBC Author(s): Shahriar Mirabbasi (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 1530437X
Volume: 22
Page Range: 3648-3659
Publication Date: 15 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Computational Physics
UBC Author(s): James Jingtao Feng (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00219991
Volume: 451
Publication Date: 15 February 2022

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Publication: Construction and Building Materials
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09500618
Volume: 319
Publication Date: 14 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Alloys and Compounds
UBC Author(s): Mauricio Ponga de la Torre (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09258388
Volume: 893
Publication Date: 10 February 2022

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Publication: Scientific reports
UBC Author(s): Jane Hill (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 12
Page Range: 2053
Publication Date: 8 February 2022

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Publication: Green Chemistry
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 14639262
Volume: 24
Page Range: 1308-1317
Publication Date: 7 February 2022

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Publication: Materials horizons
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 9
Page Range: 835-840
Publication Date: 7 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Hazardous Materials
UBC Author(s): Madjid Mohseni (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03043894
Volume: 423
Publication Date: 5 February 2022

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Publication: IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine
UBC Author(s): Shahriar Mirabbasi (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 19430582
Volume: 14
Page Range: 54-72
Publication Date: 3 February 2022

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Publication: RSC Advances
UBC Author(s): Fariborz Taghipour (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 12
Page Range: 4240-4252
Publication Date: 2 February 2022

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Publication: Chemical Engineering Science
UBC Author(s): Sanja Miskovic (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00092509
Volume: 248
Publication Date: 2 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Applied Gerontology
UBC Author(s): Jennifer Baumbusch (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 07334648
Volume: 41
Page Range: 363-370
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
UBC Author(s): Alexander York Bigazzi (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13698478
Volume: 85
Page Range: 179-194
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
UBC Author(s): Sanja Miskovic (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09698043
Volume: 180
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Acta Materialia
UBC Author(s): Matthias Militzer (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 13596454
Volume: 224
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
UBC Author(s): Clarence Wilfred de Silva (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10834435
Volume: 27
Page Range: 440-451
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
UBC Author(s): Clarence Wilfred de Silva (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 10834435
Volume: 27
Page Range: 24-33
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: Cement and Concrete Composites
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09589465
Volume: 126
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
UBC Author(s): Madjid Mohseni (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 10
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Building and Environment
UBC Author(s): Adam Rysanek (School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03601323
Volume: 209
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: Energy and Buildings
UBC Author(s): Steven Rogak (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03787788
Volume: 256
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: Hydrometallurgy
UBC Author(s): Wenying Liu (Materials Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 0304386X
Volume: 208
Publication Date: February 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: 351-358
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Advanced Materials Technologies
UBC Author(s): Maria Holuszko (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 7
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Earthquake Spectra
UBC Author(s): Carlos Molina Hutt (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 87552930
Volume: 38
Page Range: 283-309
Publication Date: 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
2020 Dr. Esfandiari developed a system that uses medical image processing algorithms and artificial intelligence to enable surgeons to more clearly and accurately see where spine implants have been placed during a surgery, rather than waiting for a postoperative assessment. His system will reduce the re-operation rate for spine surgery patients. Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Canning studied how people living with advanced dementia in long-term care continued to experience meaningful engagement. Despite significant losses they demonstrated a range of enduring abilities and skills. Her findings support ways for caregivers to connect with residents during both structured activities and informal interactions. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
2020 Dr. Dara developed an innovation for the simultaneous conversion of waste brines and carbon dioxide produced during industrial operations to re-usable water and chemicals. The first of a kind technology is now being commercialized by Mangrove Water Technologies and has the potential to reduce lithium battery costs leading to increased EV adoption. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 To accommodate the rapidly growing amount of data demanded by mobile users in wireless networks, Dr. Saberali developed caching techniques to prevent congestion of the telecommunications links. He proposed methods to encode the data demanded by multiple users into a smaller number of coded messages and decode them at the final destinations. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Lopes da Costa analysed if securitisation could be a viable solution to the growing issues surrounding reclamation funding scarcity and regulatory inefficiency in mining. He explored key securitisation drivers that may increase the degree of financing and regulative success, which might lead to new funding sources for the mining industry. Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Adhami explored the experiences of patients in Cardiac Rehabilitation programs and found they were shaped by intersections of personal, social, and political contexts that overlap at the individual, healthcare provider, and healthcare system level. This suggests a need for a shift from one-size-fits-all to a person-centered care approach. Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
2020 Dr. Shoman invented a photonic reflection-cancellation circuit and used it to demonstrate the first stable quantum-well laser against varying reflections without traditional expensive and bulky magneto-optic isolators. His invention promises the large-scale, low-cost production of electronic-photonic chips for computing, communication and sensing. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Ashkani developed a methodology for seismic assessment of reinforced concrete bridges. He also investigated the role of soil-structure interaction in the probability of collapse of reinforced concrete bridges and studied variation of the bridge foundation motions from the earthquake ground motions at the ground surface. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Espid collaboratively designed, fabricated and tested a new photo-electro-chemical sensing technology to analyze contaminants in water and air, aiming to determine the level and type of treatment needs. This research illuminates the role of novel UV-LEDs to develop low cost and high performance sensors to monitor and control indoor air quality. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Gubran studied the hardware architecture of low-power integrated computer chips of mobile devices. He created modeling tools and developed hardware techniques that can aid researchers and chip architects in understanding, designing, and improving the performance and power-efficiency of mobile chips. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)

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