Science Dean and Associate Deans

Dr. Claire Cupples

Dean, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Phone: 778-782-5530

Dr. Peter Ruben

Associate Dean, Research, Advancement & Grad Studies

Phone: 778-782-9351

Dr. Carl Lowenberger

Associate Dean, Academic

Phone: 778-782-3985


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Academic and Administrative Staff

Dr. Daria Ahrensmeier

Educational Consultant

Phone: 778-782-9544

Daria is a theoretical physicist and educational developer who works with faculty, sessionals and TAs on developing courses, customizing methods of student assessment, effective use of classroom technology, teaching practice and education research. She is also an Associate Member in the Physics department.

Cara Bethel

Student Engagement Co-ordinator


Working within Student Engagement and Retention in Student Services, Cara collaborates with students, staff, and faculty to enhance current student engagement initiatives and create new opportunities for student engagement in the Faculty of Science.



Director, Advancement


Erin Legros

Secretary to the Dean

Phone: 778-782-5530

Erin provides administrative support to the Dean and faculty committees. She coordinates faculty appointments, renewals, tenure and promotion and salary reviews in addition to providing clerical support for the management and administration of faculty programs and services.

Cynthia Henson

Manager, Outreach and Engagement

Phone: 778-782-6967

Cynthia is responsible for the administration and coordination of Science Outreach programs for children, youth and adults.  She assists with fundraising, marketing, delivery, evaluation, budget and logistics for all 20 programs.

Sharina Janif

Associate Director, Advancement

Phone: 778-782-9574

Sharina works to engage donors, alumni and the corporate community to expand support for student scholarships, bursaries, awards, prizes and priority projects.

Dr. Theresa Kitos

Research Grants Facilitator

Phone: 778-782-3132

Theresa works with faculty members to develop competitive research grants applications.

Alan Leung

Business Analyst

Phone: 778-782-9463

Alan is responsible for the ongoing development, data extraction and End User Support for the FacSIMS SQL database.

Diane Mar-Nicolle

Communications Officer

Phone: 778-782-9586

Diane is responsible for internal and external communications for web, digital and print formats. She also handles press, photography and social media. 


Director, Facilities and Technical Operations

Phone: 778-782-5347

Sachi Perera


Phone: 778-782-4590

Sachi coordinates the front office, handles telephone and in-person queries and assists with event coordination.

Susanne Stockdill

Director, Administration & Strategic Planning

Phone: 778-782-4222

Susanne is responsible for the overall management of budgets, human resources, enrolment, retention and admission planning, administrative systems and supervision of Dean's office staff.

Arlene Sullivan

Budget Coordinator

Phone: 778-782-9585

Arlene provides support for the financial reporting and budgeting process in the Dean's office. She is also a resource for best practices in Finance procedures and policies

Dr. Eileen van der Flier-Keller

Special Advisor to Dean of Science

Phone: 778-782-3789

Eileen is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences with research interests in Earth science education and public awareness of science. As Special Advisor to the Dean on Public Education and Outreach she works to promote the culture of public engagement in the Faculty of Science and is building partnerships to support K-12 science education.  


Kathryn White

Manager, Academic Programs

Phone: 778-782-3772

Kathryn oversees recruitment, retention, and admission planning and enrolment management for the Faculty of Science.

Nadia Williams (On Leave)

Carlye Vroom

Undergraduate Advisor & Recruiter

Phone: 778-782-7486
Office: Surrey Campus, Room 2910: M/T/F
Burnaby Campus, TASC 2 9900: W/Thurs

Nadia is a pan-campus advisor, servicing both the Surrey and Burnaby campuses.  She provides academic advising for Surrey Science students, Management & Systems Science (MSSC) majors, General Science Double Minor program students, deciding Science students over 60 units, and internal Faculty of Science transfer students.  

Dr. Cindy Xin

Educational Consultant

Phone: 778-782-7453

Cindy is an educational consultant who collaborates with faculty from the Faculties of Science and Education to plan curriculum and programs, conduct educational research, and facilitate professional learning.