Dean Marc Parlange oversees all teaching and research activities for the UBC Faculty of Applied Science, which includes the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the School of Community and Regional Planning, the School of Nursing and all Engineering programs on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Together with 600 faculty and staff, he leads the education of more than 5,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students.
Under Dean Parlange’s leadership, the UBC Faculty of Applied Science is committed to:
- Researching innovative solutions to address societal challenges
- Educating and empowering graduates who effect positive change
- Developing connections with industry, professionals and alumni
- Enhancing educational programs with an eye to sustainability and hands-on design skills
- Building connections within Applied Science, across UBC and with other universities
- Promoting a culture of entrepreneurship and facilitating technology transfer
- Improving the participation of under-represented groups in engineering
Prior to his appointment at UBC, Dean Parlange served as the dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Previously he held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Davis.
His research focuses on measurement and simulation in hydrology, water resources and the lower atmosphere. He has supervised 20 PhD students and 25 master’s students and has co-authored some 190 journal articles with his students and colleagues. In 2010 he was awarded the EPFL teaching award elected by the student body. His scholarly impact has been recognized with the 2009 Hydrology Award of the American Geophysical Union, the 2006 Dalton Medal of the European Geosciences Union and the 1997 Macelwane Medal.
Dean Parlange is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and member of the Swiss National Science Foundation Council for Engineering and Physical Sciences, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He has served as Editor in Chief of Water Resources Research and Editor for Advances in Water Resources.
Dean Parlange earned his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering both from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Griffith University, Australia.