Agribot Seminar: Enabling Agricultural Robotics with Space Hardware Technology

On Thursday June 30, ESSE hosted a seminar from Dr. Mark Post, about agricultural robotics and space hardware technology. Worldwide, it is now accepted that agricultural productivity will have to increase by 25% to allow limited arable land to meet a doubling of demand by 2050, and agricultural robotics is essential to allow real-time and […]

Asteroids, podcast on the CBC

Click here to listen to the original podcast. On June 2, 2016, NASA confirmed the bright burst of light over Arizona skies to be an asteroid exploding — a mere 90 kilometers above the earth. This came just a few days after another asteroid event in Mexico, where sonic booms and bright flashes marked an asteroid’s entry into the earth’s […]

Open Your Mind: A Q&A with glacier researcher William Colgan

William Colgan, a professor in the Lassonde School of Engineering. Colgan studies glacier-climate interactions. He has just returned from a 36-day expedition to the Greenland ice sheet as part of the NASA FirnCover research team. Firn is the near surface layer of the ice sheet that covers 80 per cent of the surface of Greenland. […]

York University receives $1M gift from Carswell Family Foundation for graduate student scholarships

On Tuesday, May 31, York University announced and celebrated a $1-million gift from Professor Emeritus Allan Carswell and the Carswell Family Foundation. The donation will create a permanent endowment and an expendable fund to establish Carswell Scholarships for graduate students in the Faculty of Science and the Lassonde School of Engineering. Addressing the more than […]

Ministry grant aims to create new Ontario climate change projections

ESSE professor Peter Taylor is part of a York team which recently received a grant to improve climate risk assessment in the province. Huaiping Zhu, professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Faculty of Science, and his team have received a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to improve […]

NSERC awards $1.65 million to York-led research partnership

ESSE’s own John Moores is part of a group of eight researchers in Canada that have been awarded $1.65 million as a part of a program focusing on professional-centered, collaborative learning for students and postdoctoral fellows. An academic-industry partnership led by York University has received a total of $1,650,000 through the Natural Sciences and Engineering […]

New cause of exceptional Greenland melt revealed

A new study by researchers from Denmark and York University, published in Geophysical Research Letters, has found that the climate models commonly used to simulate melting of the Greenland ice sheet tend to underestimate the impact of exceptionally warm weather episodes on the ice sheet. The study investigated the causes of ice melt during two […]

Lassonde ESSE alumna contributes to detection of Gravity Waves

Lassonde alumna Dr. Susan McCall’s work played a significant role in the process behind the detection of gravitational waves by Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). This detection, announced last week, was touted as one of the most important scientific discoveries of our time, cementing Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity and ushering in a new […]

Lassonde research team selected by NASA to provide support to the Curiosity mission

Lassonde Professor John Moores and his research team have been selected by NASA to provide scientific and operations support to the Mars Science Laboratory Mission (Curiosity). The team is comprised of Moores, MSc student Jake Kloos, Postdoctoral Fellow Christina Smith and PhD Student Casey Moore. The Lassonde team will be part of the mission through […]

Detection of gravitational waves, and one of our graduates!

What are some of our ESSE graduates doing now? Dr. Susan McCall, an ESSE alumni has done work useful to LIGO, which has recently been in the news for the detection of gravitational waves. Stellar Optics Research International Coporation’s (SORIC) Founder and President, Dr. Susan McCall is a specialist in optical black surfaces/materials and optical […]

Sun dogs versus Rainbows

On Friday, our department’s own Dr. Lee witnessed a Sun Dog on her way to York, an atmospheric phenomenon that Dr. Klaassen explains,  “…they form about 22 degrees on either side of a bright sun, due to refraction by ice  crystals. If you are looking at a rainbow, the sun is behind you”.  

York U researchers help create first map of Greenland ice sheet movement

York U researchers are among a team of scientists that has created the first map showing how the Greenland ice sheet has flowed over time, revealing that ice in the interior is now moving more slowly toward the edges than it has, on average, over the past 9,000 years. In comparing this paleo-velocity map to modern […]

Lassonde is home to Esri Canada GIS Centre of Excellence

Lassonde School is Engineering has been selected by Esri Canada as a GIS Centre of Excellence. The partnership with Esri Canada means that students will benefit through experiential learning using the ArcGIS platform and faculty will have the opportunity to conduct innovative research. “The Centre will help our students develop valuable entrepreneurial skills and create […]

STEMinism: Lassonde 50:50 Gender Initiative recognized in Ontario Professional Magazine

The Lassonde School of Engineering at York University is Canada’s first engineering school to set a goal of 50:50 gender balance “By twelve years old, most girls can’t do math.” “If they study science, they will have to give-up arts or sports.” “High school physics is too hard for girls anyways.” It is not uncommon […]

York U-led laser instrument to help bring home asteroid sample by NASA mission

Michael Daly, a York University researcher, is the lead scientist on a laser altimeter that will map the surface and create a 3D model of the asteroid Bennu during a NASA mission launching in 2016. The instrument will also help to guide the spacecraft on the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission to a safe spot, […]