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.
 
1337
Master's Students
596
Doctoral Students
580
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
Ziels, Ryan Department of Civil Engineering
Zimmerman, Naomi Department of Mechanical Engineering development and application of real-world-based tools to quickly and quantitatively assess the impact of our policy and technology decisions on air pollution and climate outcomes, and to use the knowledge gained to support better environmental policy planning; air quality

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Graduate Student Profiles

Sahand Sarbishei poses for a photo

Sahand Sarbishei

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
Sulfur deportment in ferronickel production via Rotary Kiln-Electric Furnace process

Abhishek Dutta

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
Harvesting Energy from Waste Streams

Hassan Halawa

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
Artemis: Defending Against Automated Large-Scale Cyber Intrusions by Focusing on the Vulnerable Population

Pan Zhao

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

Lee Rippon

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

Janna Fabris

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

Fei Wang

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
CO2 Sequestration by Mineral Carbonation with Valuable Metals Recovery Enhancement

James Roberts

Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering (MASc)
The feasibility of primary microscreening and algae photobioreactors for small-scale passive wastewater treatment and reuse in urban areas

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

Samer Al-Kiswany

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) [2013]
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer
University of Waterloo

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

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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