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
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, 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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
Ziels, Ryan Department of Civil Engineering Civil engineering; Genomics; Anaerobic digestion; Biological nutrient removal; Environmental engineering; Environmental Systems Engineering; Microbial biotechnology; Microbial ecology; Multi-omics; Resource recovery; Sustainable biological wastewater treatment
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
Zou, Zhengbo Department of Civil Engineering Building Automation, Facility Management, Responsive Environments, Automation in Construction, Construction Robotics, Virtual/Augmented Reality, Computer Vision, Reinforcement Learning, Stochastic Process

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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: Advanced Materials
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09359648
Volume: 34
Publication Date: February 10, 2022

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Publication: Obesity
UBC Author(s): Alexander York Bigazzi (Civil Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 19307381
Volume: 30
Page Range: 424-434
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Clinical Nursing
UBC Author(s): Elizabeth Saewyc (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 09621067
Volume: 31
Page Range: 311-317
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Advanced Sustainable Systems
UBC Author(s): Maria Holuszko (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 6
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
UBC Author(s): Maria Holuszko (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00084034
Volume: 100
Page Range: 237-253
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: International Journal of Robotics Research
UBC Author(s): Septimiu Salcudean (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 02783649
Volume: 41
Page Range: 136-162
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Physical Review Fluids
UBC Author(s): Rajeev Jaiman (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 7
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: American Journal of Men's Health
UBC Author(s): John Oliffe (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 15579883
Volume: 16
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Engineering Structures
UBC Author(s): Jasmin Jelovica (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01410296
Volume: 252
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
UBC Author(s): Ian Frigaard (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 03770257
Volume: 300
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: CAD Computer Aided Design
UBC Author(s): Carl Ollivier-Gooch (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00104485
Volume: 143
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Aerosol Science
UBC Author(s): Steven Rogak (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00218502
Volume: 160
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Carbohydrate Polymers
UBC Author(s): Orlando Rojas Gaona (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01448617
Volume: 277
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
UBC Author(s): Martin Ordonez (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08858993
Volume: 37
Page Range: 1579-1591
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: Chemosphere
UBC Author(s): Madjid Mohseni (Chemical & Biological Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00456535
Volume: 288
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Optics and Lasers in Engineering
UBC Author(s): Gary Schajer (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 01438166
Volume: 149
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Pattern Recognition
UBC Author(s): Clarence Wilfred de Silva (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 00313203
Volume: 122
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Current Oncology
UBC Author(s): Kristen Haase (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
Volume: 29
Page Range: 589-601
Publication Date: February 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: 135
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
UBC Author(s): Martin Ordonez (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08858993
Volume: 37
Page Range: 1736-1747
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics
UBC Author(s): Yu Christine Chen (Electrical & Computer Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 21686777
Volume: 10
Page Range: 1258-1269
Publication Date: 1 February 2022

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Publication: Journal of Human Lactation
UBC Author(s): Suzanne Campbell (School of Nursing / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08903344
Volume: 38
Page Range: 89-99
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: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
UBC Author(s): Antony Hodgson (Mechanical Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 18616410
Volume: 17
Page Range: 283-293
Publication Date: February 2022

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Publication: Minerals Engineering
UBC Author(s): Bern Klein (Mining Engineering / Faculty of Applied Science)
ISSN: 08926875
Volume: 177
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. Serrano-Mora studied the use of activated carbon electrodes to desalinate brackish water. He analyzed the long-term influence of commonly found water components and different approaches to restore their desalination capacity. This research advances the development of Capacitive Deionization for the production of freshwater using saline sources. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Haq's research focused on detecting groups within a biomedical system. She proposed novel methods to find groups in two crucial brain structures, brainstem and putamen, which play important roles in understanding several neurological diseases. She also investigated groups of similar X-ray images to generate a guidance tool for diagnosis. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Gavrilovic examined the lifecycle performance of buildings that have been damaged during earthquakes. Simulating the repair of damage on a computer, new results provide insights into the costs, repairability, and sustainability of several structural materials. This research will assist in the design of more resilient and sustainable buildings. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Dong studied the methods to apply renewable energy and artificial intelligence to wireless communication systems. He found that there exists a tradeoff between users' quality of experience and system energy expenditure. His developed algorithms will help to reduce the carbon-dioxide equivalent emissions of wireless communications. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 By studying the integrity of titanium exposed to mineral slurries in hydrometallurgy, Dr. Liu found that mineral solids can result in the wear and corrosion of titanium. Her research related titanium's corrosion resistance to prevailing environmental conditions. Her work will improve the safety and economics of processing plants that use titanium. Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Kim studied particle breakage in sorption-enhanced chemical looping, which produces H2-enriched synthesis gas while capturing CO2 from fuels. He examined the breakage of oxygen carrier and CO2 sorbent particles and developed a model to improve the efficiency and stability of the process to reduce the impact on public health and the environment. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mustard investigated how to improve the speed of data analysis on computer systems. He developed a system that runs analysis tasks on novel computer processors that efficiently communicate over data center networks. His research provides insights into how and when to use these new designs to make data analysis faster for everyday users. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Ebneyamini's research focused on the regeneration of limestone-based particles as sorbents for the capture of CO2 via calcium-looping. His work introduced a novel technology, capable of efficient sorbent regeneration at relatively mild temperatures. The process also benefits from CO2 utilization, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mitra examined the effect of separate refining and co-refining of mixtures of softwood and hardwood pulps in terms of paper tensile strength. He developed a scaling law for tensile strength increase during refining of pulp mixtures, which will help use NBSK pulp to the highest potential and achieve target strengths depending on grades of paper. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
2020 Dr. Cui developed comprehensive approaches to interpreting deep learning models in visual understanding. These approaches provide explanations from diverse aspects for the black-box deep learning models. His work will help build trust in end-users for those deep models and contribute to the model deployment. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)

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