Research Supervisors

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
Purcell, Sarah Assistant Professor Department of Medicine
Yavicoli, Alexia Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics
Bacca, Mattia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Zimmerman, Naomi Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Carey, Trevor Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Phinney, Alison Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Mesbah, Ali Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Poursartip, Anoush Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Weijs, Steven Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Shekhar, Sudip Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bass, John Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Jelovica, Jasmin Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Jaiman, Rajeev Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Srebnik, Simcha Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Clark, Drew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Barudin, Jessica Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Green, Sheldon Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Abolmaesumi, Purang Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Klein, Bern Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Kellett, Ronald Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Bushe, William Kendal Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ventura, Carlos Estuardo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Taghipour, Fariborz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Mohseni, Madjid Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Lau, Anthony K Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Fedorova, Alexandra Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Rubin, Julia Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Vujosevic, Tijana Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Hill, Jane Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Clare, Adam Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Senbel, Maged Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Chen, Yu Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Grecov, Dana Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Adebar, Perry Erwin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
de Silva, Clarence Wilfred Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Gyenge, Elod Lajos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Haukaas, Terje Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Phani, Srikantha Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Madiseh, Ali Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Jin, Xiaoliang Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cao, Yankai Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Wang, Lele Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Britton, Ben Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Beck, Sara Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Dev, Rubee Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Binet, Andrew Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Englezos, Petros Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer 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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