Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Dixon, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Ellis, Naoko Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Taiebat, Mahdi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Fujita, Mari Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Meyboom, Annalisa Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Madiseh, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Cao, Yankai Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Havaei, Farinaz Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Low, Margaret Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Upham, David Chester Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Thrampoulidis, Christos Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Harten, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Senbel, Maged Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Yang, Tsung-Yuan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Smith, Kevin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Salcudean, Tim Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Chang, Stephanie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Stevens, Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Dahinten, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Tang, Shuo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mirabbasi, Shahriar Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Poole, Warren Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Fedorova, Alexandra Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Molina Hutt, Carlos Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Clifton, Kelly Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Herrington, Susan Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Elfring, Gwynn Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ponga de la Torre, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lau, Anthony K Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Phani, Srikantha Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Tran, Martino Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Ziels, Ryan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Foster, Johan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Englezos, Petros Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Condon, Patrick Michael Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Bigazzi, Alex Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Ma, Hongshen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Chiao, Mu Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Bungay, Vicky Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Satterfield, Blair Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Michelson, David Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nasiopoulos, Panos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bass, John Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Militzer, Matthias Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering

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Reaching Out Tips

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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