Dean's Message

Dean Marc Parlange

Welcome to the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia, a place where architects and landscape architects, community and regional planners, nurses and engineers contribute to a better world.

Comprising the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the School of Community and Regional Planning, the School of Nursing, and all Engineering departments, programs and research centres at both UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, Applied Science represents a sampling of the professions that support a civil and sustainable society.

Dedicated to finding solutions to today’s challenges, UBC Applied Science people practice global citizenship, effecting positive change all around the world.

For example, the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) is a UBC Applied Science-led initiative bringing together Canadian universities and leading institutions, state and industry partners in India with the goal of tackling urgent issues—improving water safety, preventing and treating disease, and developing safe and sustainable civil infrastructure.

Our Community and Regional Planning students recently traveled to the Philippines, working with municipal and provincial planning staff and local residents to formulate climate change and climate-risk adaptation plans.

Applied Science leverages partnerships with industry to enable further discovery.

For example, Alpha Technologies, Corvus Energy and Cisco recently partnered with our researchers to develop innovative solutions for clean energy storage and greenhouse gas emission reduction by utilizing UBC's Campus as a Living Laboratory.

We take pride in our ability to transfer knowledge and contribute to economic growth through research and entrepreneurship.

For example, UBC green-tech spinoff Westport Innovations, founded in 1995, now employs more than 1,100 people and has a market value of $1.6 billion. A more recent UBC spin-off, Lion's Gate Technology, provides low-cost, medical diagnostics—with life-saving impact in remote regions of the world—through its flagship product, the Phone Oximeter™.

These examples are but a few of how UBC Applied Science people—faculty, researchers, students, alumni, staff and friends—effect positive change.

I am pleased to join with our partners across and outside UBC to ensure that we in Applied Science do our part to fulfill the university's vision of educating global citizens who promote the values of a civil and sustainable society. As one of the world’s premier academic institutions, this is not merely our vision, this is our duty.

Since 1915, UBC Applied Science has a long history of educating leaders and making significant research contributions. We invite you to be part of the future with us. I offer my warmest welcome to all who join UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science and address the challenges facing society.

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Marc Parlange
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science

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View Dr. Parlange's faculty profile at UBC Civil Engineering.