UBC Applied Science researchers receive nearly $11M in NSERC support


UBC Applied Science researchers have been awarded over $9.5 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its Discovery Grants Program.

The program aims to help foster research excellence by “promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities.”

Spanning a wide range of disciplines, the 42 supported projects include efforts to develop bearingless motors, advanced bioproducts and more secure wireless networks.  

Ten UBC Applied Science researchers also received nearly $1.3 million in NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grants.

183 projects across UBC were awarded a total of $40.1 million from NSERC. For more information about these projects, please see the announcement of UBC’s Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation.

UBC Applied Science recipients: Discovery Grants

Alam, Shahria (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
Novel and Emerging Technologies for Sustainable and Seismically Resilient Infrastructure

Arjmand, Mohammad (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
Advanced 3D Printed Conductive Polymer Nanocomposites toward Electromagnetic Interference Shielding
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Beznosov, Konstantin (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Novel Physical Protection of Personal Mobile Assets

Cheung, Karen (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Microfluidics and inkjet for biomedical engineering materials

de Boer, Carl (School of Biomedical Engineering)
Molecular and computational tools for regulatory genomics
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Eberle, Wilson (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
Next Generation Smart-Grid Enabled Electric Vehicle Chargers

Elfring, Gwynn (Mechanical Engineering)
Modelling the dynamics of active matter
$120,000 Discovery Accelerator Supplement

Fels, Sidney (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Creating and Evaluating New Media Interfaces for Expression

Feng, Hsi-Yung (Mechanical Engineering)
Next Generation Machining Simulation Technologies for Complete and Efficient Process Validation

Foulds, Ian (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
Microfluidic Sample Handling for the Spectroscopic Integration (SPIN) Program

Frigaard, Ian (Mechanical Engineering)
Sealing, Plugging and Visco-plastic Networks

Garbi, Rafeef (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Towards Generalizable Reasoned Deep Learning for Efficient Interpretable Medical Image Computing

Hewage, Kasun (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
Life cycle thinking based low-impact construction strategies for Canadian micro-communities
$120,000 Discovery Accelerator Supplement

Jatskevich, Juri (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Advanced Tools for Modelling and Analysis of Evolving Power and Energy Systems

Kamgarpour, Maryam (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Stochastic Control for Large-Scale Safety-Critical Systems
$120,000 Discovery Accelerator Supplement
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Kirchen, Patrick (Mechanical Engineering)
Towards Low GHG Natural Gas Energy Systems

Leung, Cyril (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Energy efficiency and security for wireless communications

Ma, Hongshen (Mechanical Engineering)
Microscopy-based cell separation, selective propagation, and selective single cell sequencing

Markley, Loïc (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
Electromagnetic periodic structures and metamaterials for imaging and wireless technology

Marti, Jose (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Advanced Hybrid SFA/EMTP Simulator for Seamless Integration of Power Systems Dynamics and EMT Transients

Martinez, Mark (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Novel Applications of Viscoplastic Fluids: Creating New Products for the Pulp and Paper Sector

Militzer, Matthias (Materials Engineering)
Computational Design of Complex Microstructures for Advanced Engineering Alloys

Miskovic, Sanja (Mining Engineering)
Smart Surrogate Models for Design and Operation of Efficient and Sustainable Comminution Units

Mohseni, Madjid (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Photochemical and ion exchange processes for optimized water reuse strategies

Noh, Minkyun (Mechanical Engineering)
Design and Control of Novel High-speed Bearingless Motors
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Ollivier-Gooch, Carl (Mechanical Engineering)
Accurate, Robust Simulations of Aerodynamics Flows, Especially Wakes and Shocks

Pakpour, Sepideh (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
Sustainable, resilient and healthy built environments: An integrated approach
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Pattabiraman, Karthik (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Resilient, Secure, and Programmable Next-Generation Internet of Things (IoT)

Phani, Srikantha (Mechanical Engineering)
Mechanics of Structured Materials

Rogak, Steven (Mechanical Engineering)
Carbon nanoparticle structure: implications for environmental impacts, measurement and formation

Rohling, Robert (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Advancing towards ubiquitous medical ultrasound

Shakiba, Nika (School of Biomedical Engineering)
Curbing the Emergence of Clonal Drift in Stem Cell Expansion Culture
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Shekhar, Sudip (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Integrated Circuits for Large Arrays

Sokhansanj, Shahab (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Biomass pelletization and logistics

Taghipour, Fariborz (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
UV-LED Photoreactors for Environmental Monitoring and Treatment

Taiebat, Mahdi (Civil Engineering)
Understanding, characterization, modeling, and simulation of the spontaneous failure of tailings dams

Tannant, Dwayne (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
Identifying geohazards in glaciated valleys and building rural community resilience via bare-earth point cloud analysis and eco-sensitive mitigation

Trajano, Heather (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Production of Premium Bio-Chemicals from the Canadian Forest

Upham, David (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Understanding sustainable catalytic processes on complex melts to produce chemicals and power
$12,500 Discovery Launch Supplement

Veiga, Marcello (Mining Engineering)
Cyanogenic Plants to Extract Gold: an Alternative for Artisanal Miners

Yadav, Vikramaditya (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Biovalorization of lignin

Zandstra, Peter (School of Biomedical Engineering)
Systematic stem cell bioprocess engineering

UBC Applied Science recipients: Research Tools and Instruments Grants

Alam, Sharia (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan) 
Uni-Directional Shaking Table (UDST) system controller for the Applied Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Structures (ALAMS)

Arjmand, Mohammad (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
Advanced Polymer Melt Mixer for Development of Multifunctional Polymer Composites

Hoorfar, Mina (School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan)
Environmental Test Chamber Urgently Required to Develop and Calibrate Microfluidic and Thin-film Sensing and Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies

Jatskevich, Juri (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Hardware and Software for Power-HIL Real-Time Simulation Platform for Integrated AC-DC Energy Systems

Ma, Hongshen (Mechanical Engineering)
Wide-field microscope to support research programs in image cytometry and image-based cell separation

Poole, Warren (Materials Engineering)
Upgrade of Thermomechanical Processing Laboratory

Poursartip, Anoush (Materials Engineering)
Autoclave Facility Upgrade for Advanced Applications

Stoeber, Boris (Mechanical Engineering)
Preparation and Characterization of Piezoelectric Materials

Tang, Shuo (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
High-Repetition Rate Laser for Real-Time and 3D Photoacoustic Imaging

Wilkinson, David (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Enhanced X-ray Analysis and in-situ Measurements of Materials for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies


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