Welcome to the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE) at York University

We are one of two founding members of the Lassonde School of Engineering, offering several unique and world-class graduate and undergraduate programs, including Canada’s only space engineering program, Ontario’s only Geomatics engineering program as well as renowned Atmospheric Science & Meteorology program. Our engineering programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), and the Geomatics engineering program also prepares graduates for Ontario Land Surveyors (OLS) designation upon graduation. Our research strength lies within multidisciplinary, innovative, world-class research activities spanning from planetary science to satellite technologies, atmospheric studies, GIS and satellite navigation.

Our department offers world-class faculty with expertise in a wide span of science and engineering areas. I am very proud of our department and its many fabulous accomplishments. Members of ESSE are actively involved in a number of international space science projects such as the Canada-French Wind Imaging Interferometer (WINDII) that flew on NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, the Canadian OSIRIS instrument on the Swedish/Canadian/French/Finnish Odin Satellite, a lidar system for atmospheric measurements operated from the surface of Mars as part of the Phoenix mission, and more recently the laser altimeter (OLA) that will make a 3D map of an asteroid and sleuth out the best sample site for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission. Lassonde’s faculty are also involved in the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) on Canada’s first SCISAT-1 mission. Both OSIRIS and SCISAT studied the middle atmosphere, primarily its ozone concentrations.

We invite you to become a member of our ESSE family. Should you consider undergraduate or graduate studies in ESSE, please feel free to contact me directly for more information at essechr@yorku.ca.

Jinjun Shan

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