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.

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
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
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
Vaziri, Reza Department of Civil Engineering Finite element analysis, Mechanics of composite materials, Constitutive modeling of engineering materials, Plasticity, Damage mechanics, Process modeling of composite structures, Analysis of impact and blast loading of metallic and composite structures
Ventura, Carlos Estuardo Department of Civil Engineering Earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, full scale vibration testing, shake table testing Seismic risk evaluation and hazard management studies Investigation of earthquake effects on man-made structures
Vujosevic, Tijana School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Architecture; History and theory of architecture; Modern period, with special expertise in art and architecture of socialism
Walus, Konrad Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Nanoelectronic devices and circuits, quantum-dot cellular automata, single-electron transistors, quantum mechanical simulations
Wang, Zhen Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Signal processing theory and applications, bioinformatics
Wang, Rizhi Department of Materials Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering Biomaterials, biomechanics Also, the structure and formation processes of biologically formed materials (eg seashells, silk, teeth) and applies the mechanisms to the design and processing of novel materials
Wang, Lele Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Coding theory; Combinatorics; Communication theory; Graph theory; Graphs; information theory; Mathematical data science; Practical low-complexity algorithms for communication and compression; Theoretical limits on information flow over networks
Weijs, Steven Department of Civil Engineering Civil engineering; Water; Hydrological Cycle and Reservoirs; Drinking Water; Fresh Water; Information; Hydroelectricity; Ice and Snow; control of water systems; droughts; experimental hydrology; floods; Hydrological Prediction; Hydrology; information theory; mountain hydrology; sensors; uncertainty; water resources management
Wen, Kefei Department of Mechanical Engineering Kinematics, dynamics, and control of parallel mechanisms; Parallel continuum robots; Physical Human-robot cooperation
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Department of Civil Engineering Geotechnical, pipeline geotechnical engineering
Wilkinson, David Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering Chemical engineering; carbon dioxide conversion; clean and sustainable energy and water; Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrochemical power sources, advanced electrolysis,; hydrogen production and storage; solar fuels; waste water and drinking water treatment
Wilton, Steven Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Integrated Circuits; Computer Architecture; Computer Hardware; Computer-Aided Design Algorithms; Field-Programmable Gate Arrays; High-Level Synthesis
Wong, Sabrina School of Nursing Primary Health Care, Primary Care, vulnerable populations, marginalized groups, ethno-cultural, patient experiences, quality of care, Organization and delivery of health care, informing practice and system level interventions that seek to decrease health inequalities among Canadian residents, including people who face multiple disadvantages in accessing and using the health care system such as those who have language barriers and live in poverty
Wong, Vincent Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Electrical engineering, computer engineering, and information engineering; Telecommunication networks; Computer Systems; Network Analysis (Information); communication systems; energy systems; Internet; Internet of Things (IoT); Machine Learning; mobile computing; protocol design; smart grid; wireless networks
Wu, Lyndia Department of Mechanical Engineering Biomechanical engineering; Biomedical instrumentation (including diagnostics); Biomedical signal processing; Mechanical characterization (including modeling, testing, and monitoring); Injury biomechanics; Soft Tissue Biomechanics; Traumatic Brain Injury; Sleep Biomechanics; Sensors and Instrumentation; Data Mining and Machine Learning; Wearable Sensing
Wytenbroek, Lydia School of Nursing History of medicine and health care; Nursing; Nursing/Health History; Gender/Women's History; Social justice; Science and Technology
Xia, Guangrui Department of Materials Engineering Group IV semiconductors in microelectronics; Si compatible lasers; 2D semiconductors; 3D integration of Ics; Raman spectroscopy
Yadav, Vikramaditya Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering Chemical engineering; Genomics; Medical and biomedical engineering; Bioactive Molecules; Biocatalysis; Bioinformatics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Biomass (Energy); Biomaterials; Bioprocess engineering; Bioremediation; Biotechnology; drug delivery; Drug discovery & development; Medical biotechnology; Metabolic engineering; Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials; Synthetic biology; Technoeconomics; Tissue Engineering; Vaccines
Yang, Tsung-Yuan Department of Civil Engineering Seismic behavior and design of steel, concrete and composite structures, seismic behavior and design of tall buildings, develop performance-based evaluation methodology and code design procedures for new and existing structures, using innovative structural component and systems to improve structural performance, including the use of innovative active, semi-active and passive energy dissipation systems, develop accurate and cost effective experimental methods to analyze structural response under extreme loading conditions.
Yedlin, Matthew Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering earthquakes, nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear weapons, flipped classroom pedagogy, geophysics, digital signal processing, electroencephalography
Zanotti, Cristina Department of Civil Engineering Civil engineering; Alternative cementitious materials; Concrete-concrete bond; Durability of concrete structures; Early-age thermal cracking; Fiber reinforced concrete; Historical heritage structures; Infrastructure repair and durability; Numerical analysis of reinforced concrete structures; Sustainable construction materials


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: Environmental Science and Technology
UBC Author(s): Ryan Ziels (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 0013936X
Volume: 56
Page Range: 11670-11682
Publication Date: 16 August 2022

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Publication: Spine
UBC Author(s): S Sidney Fels (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 47
Page Range: 1179-1186
Publication Date: 15 August 2022

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Publication: Journal of Building Engineering
UBC Author(s): Nemkumar Banthia (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 54
Publication Date: 15 August 2022

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Publication: Journal of Environmental Management
UBC Author(s): Loretta Li (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03014797
Volume: 316
Publication Date: 15 August 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: 442
Publication Date: 15 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. Wijaya studied a novel and mild approach for synthesis of industrially valuable chemicals from woody biomass using water and electricity. High conversion and efficiency can be obtained using an electrochemical reactor with stirred catalyst slurry. This research advances the impact of electrocatalysis on clean and sustainable energy production. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Espindola studied the main challenges for the construction industry to engage in sustainable development. She presented a list of targets and their contribution to the UN Sustainability Development Goals and a management framework for sustainable development by consolidating proven methods with industry-familiar formatting and innovative content. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Kabiri Far studied cementitious interfaces and Fiber Reinforced Concrete, or FRC, for repairing deteriorated concrete structures. This study found FRC effective at mitigating pre-loading damage and improving tensile behavior, and proposed semi-empirical models for use by field practitioners and in numerical simulations of composite elements. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Charging electric vehicles produce unwanted heat loss. Dr. Valipour investigated different approaches to limit generated losses in chargers and power converters in these vehicles and solar panels. He proposed flexible architecture to increase efficiency by re-configuring itself and providing smart and optimized performance at each operating point. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Essa developed a new method to evaluate and optimize traffic safety in real-time. His method accurately predicts and significantly reduces traffic conflicts, leading to better safety and mobility performances of signalized intersections. His research will aid in developing smart traffic signal controllers in the era of connected vehicles. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Lim developed Selective Catalytic Reduction Controllers for diesel engines using gain-scheduling and preview control techniques to minimize nitrogen oxides and ammonia. He conducted simulation tests using experimentally obtained data, and demonstrated improved control performance under model parameter uncertainty and sensor noise. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. De Graaf developed a computer code that models turbulent combustion to provide reliable predictions of pollutant emissions at a low computational cost. The new tool simulated jet flames in three different configurations, demonstrating its flexibility and potential usefulness for the aerospace industry. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Chen studied the processing-microstructure-property relationships of thermoset composite materials that are toughened by particulate interlayer. His discovery of a new mechanism for how processing conditions affect the microstructure and properties of these materials contributes to fundamental materials science and has industrial applications. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Al-Digs developed analytical models and algorithmic methods for operational monitoring and control tasks that ensure reliable and efficient operation of electric power systems. His research will enable real-time detection of disturbances, offer computationally efficient dynamic contingency analysis, and optimize power system asset utilization. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2021 Dr. Wang studied the technology of high pressure grinding rolls for improved energy efficiency in the mining industry. He developed models for sizing, circuit design and process simulation of this technology. His findings promote this technology and enable its evaluation with greater confidence and significantly lower sample and testing requirements. Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD)