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The School of Computing and Academic Studies (SoCAS) research committee encourages research within SoCAS and supports the research goals of BCIT.

Our mission

To facilitate the advancement of the School of Computing and Academic Studies’ (SoCAS) applied research agenda as it relates to and supports the educational and industry objectives of BCIT’s Institutional Applied Research Mandate.


The committee’s objectives can be summarized as follows:

  • Advise management on research-related matters
  • Identify strategic themes and directions for research activities within SoCAS and, where relevant, within the institution at large and with other organizations
  • Identify the required needs and resources for research activities within SoCAS
  • Facilitate a broader involvement of faculty, staff, and students in research activities

Key strategies

The committee will pursue the following strategies:

  • Develop and maintain an inventory of applied research activities
  • Promote research activities among faculty, staff, and students
  • Assist with the development of research centres/clusters
  • Identify possible (internal/external) funding sources and disseminate the information among faculty
  • Encourage faculty to take initiative in developing proposals for funded research projects
  • Encourage faculty involvement in multi-disciplinary research projects and activities
  • Contribute to the development of BCIT applied research theme(s)
  • Review research proposals (in the preliminary and final stages) to ensure conformance with BCIT standards and SoCAS strategic research directions (as a part of the quality assurance process)
  • Assist with the development of informational/promotional materials related to research activities
  • Review and advise management on professional development needs for faculty and staff as related to applied research activities
  • Advise on policy issues related to the modalities for faculty involvement in applied research activities

Complementary strategies

  • Review and develop the ethics policy as it relates to research activities (in collaboration with the BCIT Research Ethics Board)
  • Develop task groups in collaboration with other schools and organizations at BCIT related to research policy topics of common interest
  • Collaborate with the faculty from the Technology Centre and other schools at BCIT on research projects and activities


Aaron Hunter
Co-Chair, School of Computing & Academic Studies Research Committee
& Faculty, Computer Systems Technology – Full-time Diploma
(604) 432-8325, Research Site

David Holloway
Co-Chair, School of Computing & Academic Studies Research Committee
& Faculty, Mathematics
(604) 456-8199 Research Site

Michal Aibin
Faculty, Computing
(604) 412-7494

Borna Noureddin
Faculty, Computer Systems – Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science
(604) 453-4007

Djamel Khelifi
Faculty, Chemistry
(604) 431-4932

Joe Boyd
Program Head, Applied Research Liaison Office (ARLO)
(604) 456-1031

Michael Bourke
Program Head, Liberal Studies
(604) 456-1099

Patrick Neal
Program Coordinator, Forensic Science & Technology
(604) 412-7641

Shannon Kelly
Program Head, Communications – Continuing Education
(604) 451-7065