Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-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 facult members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as 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 "Supervision".

Name Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
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
Taiebat, Mahdi Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Lemieux, Guy Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Staub-French, Sheryl Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Zanotti, Cristina Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Cao, Yankai Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Hill, Jane Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Ko, Frank Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Dahmen, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Tafaghodi, Leili Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Yang, Tsung-Yuan Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Berube, Pierre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Poursartip, Anoush Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Shawwash, Ziad K Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Wilkinson, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Mooney, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Cheung, Karen Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dahinten, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Nasiopoulos, Panos Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Howard, Fuchsia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Miskovic, Ilija Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Moss, Margaret Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Steen, John Thomas Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Wytenbroek, Lydia Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Nojeh, Alireza Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lence, Barbara Jean Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Browne, Annette Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Neumann, Oliver Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Klein, Bern Professor Faculty of Applied Science Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Van der Loos, Hendrik Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dixon, David Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Materials Engineering
Ordonez, Martin Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ivanov, Andre Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jatskevich, Juri Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mohseni, Madjid Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Isaacson, Michael D Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Rysanek, Adam Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Hirani, Saima Assistant Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Lampe, Lutz Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Baumbusch, Jennifer Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Angeles, Leonora Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Olson, James Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lawrence, Gregory Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Civil Engineering
Tang, Shuo Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Aamodt, Tor Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Thorne, Sally Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Nursing
Sandercock, Leonie Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Community and Regional Planning
Stoeber, Boris Professor Faculty of Applied Science Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Meyboom, Annalisa Associate Professor Faculty of Applied Science School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

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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.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.