Aaron Boda Receives 2017 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship

Lassonde’s Geomatics Engineering student Aaron Boda was awarded the 2017 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship for his “Interactive Map for the Athenians Project.”

Congratulations to Aaron on his award! (Photo Credit: Aaron Boda)

Congratulations to Aaron on his award! (Photo Credit: Aaron Boda)


The objective of the award-winning project is as follows:

In present day, the Athenians Project deals with the digitization of the (writings on stone, pottery and metals), prosopographical (biographical data on the residents of ancient Athens) and topographical (locations on maps of Athens and Attica). Primarily, the project is admired for its relational database of prosopographical information from ancient Attica with 22 volumes containing over 100,000 entries. The idea is to modernize the project by creating an intuitive and user-friendly digitized database that can be utilized by university libraries worldwide as a resource for classics enthusiasts. The scope includes a 3D interactive map to provide a visual interface and a geographic information system (GIS) which can support the findings of the Athenians Project.”


More information on the project can be found here.

Lassonde Students Win Geomatics App Challenge

Originally posted on YFile News website

Three of York’s Lassonde School of Engineering Geomatics students – Stephen Kosmachuk, Justine Abdelshahid and Benjamin Brunson – have been selected as the winners of the 2017 Esri Canada Centre of Excellence (ECCE) App Challenge.

The App Challenge is an annual event for students studying at higher education institutes that are members of the ECCE program.

Lassonde students Stephen Kosmachuk, Justine Abdelshahid and Benjamin Brunson (Photo Credit: YFile News)

Lassonde students Stephen Kosmachuk, Justine Abdelshahid and Benjamin Brunson
(Photo Credit: YFile News)

The primary objective of the event is to challenge students to use their technical Geographic Information Systems (GIS) knowledge, creativity and ability to innovate and work together to produce a relevant and functional app using the Esri platform. This year’s theme was sustainable transportation.

Deteriorating transportation infrastructure is becoming an increasingly important issue in aging cities. Lassonde’s team developed an app that seeks to satisfy the need to gather and analyze crucial traffic hazard data on a continuous basis.

This will provide the public with a means to report traffic hazards to city officials and to provide urban planning experts with a means of intuitively organizing and analyzing the crowd-sourced information. Their app can be accessed here.

The three Lassonde students have won a trip to the 2017 Esri User Conference in San Diego.

The team profile can be viewed here.

Field Survey Setup Competition



Total Station Setup Competition (Photo Credit: Mojgan Jadidi)

By: Mojgan Jadidi

As a tradition of each summer, ESSE 2630 Field Survey camp was offered for Second Year Geomatics Engineering/Science and  Civil Engineering students from April 25th to May 8th. There was a total of 68 students working within 13 groups, combining both Geomatics and Civil students. Per nature of field camp, the class always ran between 8:30 am and 9:00 pm with a combination of lecture, field, and office work.

As part of the assessment and to create fun ambiance at the end, a Total Station Setup Competition is conducted each year where students compete to have a proper set up (centre on the target and level) in the minimum amount of time. There are two categories of winners: a group winner and an individual winner.

This year, the competition ended with setup champions as follows:


Individual Winner:


Congratulations to Philip Marano, individual winner of the Total Station Setup Competition! (Photo Credit: Mojgan Jadidi)

Philip Marano (Civil Eng, 1 min 07 sec)

Group Winner: Group 08 with average 1 min 37 sec

Naveen Faizaan GE

Chapman Ryder CE

Kaimgi Zaid CE

Patel Preet CE

Valadao Ryan CE

Farquhar Dion GE


The field survey camp has ended successfully in a great ambiance and satisfaction, despite fatigue and hard work of all the students, TAs, and the instructor. All Geomatics and Civil students enjoyed working together and gaining experience from each other.



51st CMOS Congress

By: Peter Taylor

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s 51st Congress will be held on June 4th – June 8th 2017 at the Downtown Hilton, Toronto. This year’s theme is “Future Earth: Weather, Oceans, Climate.” The congress will bring together a wide range of scientists and other professionals from across Canada and other countries with a focus on topics in atmospheric, ocean and earth sciences.

The conference includes a public lecture on June 6th  as well as a free event during the congress. Click here to register.


The Atmospheric Science Research Group meeting this month will include practice talks by 6 of our grad students and a research fellow:

Zhan Li: High-Resolution Meteorological Surface Analysis using 2D-Variational Method

Abdulla Mamun : Impact of Saharan dust aerosols on radiation and cloud microphysics over the tropical east Atlantic Ocean

Zheng Qi Wang: Developing a 2D Hybrid Data Assimilation System for Surface Analysis

Brandon Taylor: A Case Study on Snow Squall Lines in comparison with Warm Season Squall Lines

Stefan Miller: Measurements of Aerosol, Trace Gas and Turbulent Fluxes – and Vehicle Induced Turbulence (VIT) from a Mobile Car Platform on the Highway

Timothy Jiang: Improving site selection for tower-based deposition measurements with multiple sources in complex topography



An Update from Ian McDade

I am now very happily living in Stratford, Ontario. I am not on stage yet, but active in getting deaf people involved in acting or stage design – both light and sound.
My colleagues at
The University of Saskatchewan (ISAS) and The University of Stockholm (MISU) still can’t work out how to switch that OSIRIS instrument on the Odin satellite off.” – Ian McDade


An Interview: Tetiana Sitiugina

Photo Credit: Lassonde School of Engineering)

(Photo Credit: Lassonde School of Engineering)

By: Sandra Sinayuk

What is your program and year of study?

I’m going into my 4th year of Space Engineering.

What is your favourite course at York?

ENG 2000, the Project Management part, because I enjoyed organizing people and bossing them around.

What is a lesson you learned at York?

No matter what is going on in your life and how stressed you are at the moment, as long as somebody is waiting for you at home, everything will be fine. I am fortunate to have great parents that have been incredibly supportive for me throughout my degree.

Also, Monster Energy is more effective than RedBull.

What do you like about York the most?

I like how squirrels and other animals on campus aren’t scared at all — I find it amusing to observe their interactions with humans.

Favourite building at York?

Steacie library, because it’s quiet – this is where I camp out during exams.

What’s your pet peeve?

When I walk beside somebody carrying an umbrella, and the spikes keep poking me in the face, dangerously close to my eyes!

Favourite quote?

A human being should be entirely beautiful: the face, the clothes, the mind, the thoughts. ” by Anton Checkhov

and  “… You better starve, than eat whatever
And better be alone, than with whoever.”
by Omar Khayyám

Favourite food?

Baby carrots (so crunchy and sweet!) and, of course, Russian food in general.

Favourite movie?

“Mr. Nobody” – it makes you think about how small choices you make every day result in completely different paths in your life.

Favourite book?

“Lolita” by V. Nabokov, because it’s one of those books that keep you reading non-stop. I also like “Harry Potter” series, but I’ve read those books too many times!

What is your Harry Potter house?

I’d say between Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

If you could be any age, which age would you choose and why?

Twenty three, right after graduation—when you are still young and full of energy and have the entire world in front of you (or at least you feel that way).

If you were a breakfast cereal, which would you be?

Honey coated oats, because they are sweet on top, yet “good for you” on the inside.

Scariest thing you have ever done?

Moved to Canada.

A few items from your bucket list?

My number one item is to become a Canadian national champion in ballroom dancing. My retirement plans include learning how to play saxophone and writing a memoire book.

Interesting fact about yourself?

I’ve never watched neither Star Wars nor Star Trek.



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Prof. Mojgan Jadidi Becomes a P.Eng.

Since the beginning of February  2017, Prof. Mojgan Jadidi became a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario (P.Eng.). The licence ceremony was held at Islington Golf Centre on May 9th.

Congratulations to Mojgan on this achievement! 🙂

Prof. Mojgan Jadidi with her new P.Eng. licence (Photo Credit: Mojgan Jadidi)

Prof. Mojgan Jadidi with her new P.Eng. licence
(Photo Credit: Mojgan Jadidi)






Poster Coffee Talks by ESS Graduate Student Association

Throughout the Fall 2016—Winter 2017 academic school year, the ESS Graduate Student Association has organized weekly Graduate Colloquium Series, where students had an opportunity to present their research to both their peers and faculty members. The weekly presentations will stop for the Summer semester.

Photo Credit: Kajendra Seevananthan


Surveying Camp

Summer geomatics field courses are in progress. Despite the rain, students are committed to completing their tasks!

Photo Credit: Tetiana Sitiugina

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Prof. McElroy at the Brewer Ozone Spetrophotometer Workshop

Professor Tom McElroy of ESSE will be attending the biennial Brewer Ozone Spectrophotometer workshop in Mazagon, Spain at the end of May this spring.  Approximately 20 Brewer spectrometers will be brought together for maintenance and calibration at the Spanish El Arenosillo rocket range on the Atlantic coast South of Portugal.  McElroy designed the double monochromator Brewer which is gradually replacing the original single Brewer in the global network.  Ozone data and UV spectra collected by the Brewer were used to develop the UV Index, reported in the weather forecast in 25 countries around the world.  May 27 marks the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the UV Index.   McElroy and colleagues David Wardle and James  Kerr are credited with its invention.  There are now more than 200 Brewers in service globally.

The featured image displays Brewer Ozone Spectrophotometers on the roof of the El Arenosillo observatory in spring of 2015 (Photo Credit: Tom McElroy)


By: Prof. Tom McElroy