Meet Our Students

Geomatics at York gave me the tool box that I needed to start my career in R&D in the field of indoor positioning. I have been picking up more tools along the way but the Geomatics program is what gave me the framework to understand and apply geometric algorithms and concepts in development projects. My advice to new students would be to get involved in research and view every project as an opportunity to apply your knowledge to real world situations.

Josh Karon
Josh KaronB.Eng. Geomatics Engineering, Class of 2018

The ability to do funded research as an undergraduate was extremely important, as it allowed me to build problem-solving skills and confidence that contributed to my academic success for the remainder of my time at York. The Lassonde School of Engineering and the Earth and Space Science and Engineering department were very encouraging and supportive of students gaining a range of hands-on research experience. They offered amazing opportunities every year to take part in funded research for students to expand their skill set and learn how to effectively communicate. In my case, I loved what I was working on so much that I continued onto graduate studies and worked in the same lab for over 5 years!

Brittney Cooper
Brittney Cooper2nd Year, MSc Earth and Space Science

My wife and I first met at York University when we were both in the Geomatics Engineering program. Using the skills, knowledge, and connections we developed from the program, we are able to start our careers and continuously grow and expand even further.

I currently work for Applanix, a company distinguished by many in the Geomatics program including staff and past graduates [who] I work alongside. I get to use the skills I learned in the Geomatics Engineering program to do some software/hardware development and testing for the world-standard positioning and orientation systems at Applanix. I have the confidence to say I have my dream job because of the Geomatics Engineering program.

Wendel ChanProject Engineer for Real-Time Department at Applanix Corporation, Richmond Hill, ON, Class of 2013, Geomatics Engineering, York University

I’ve been passionate about Space and Engineering as individual subjects for years. Here, in the Space Engineering program, I’m able to combine my passions with the opportunity to do co-op, work with professors, and get exposed to the industry both on and off campus [for] example, the Canadian Satellite Design Team at York that works on a satellite year round, and the European Space Agency’s Fly a Rocket! program in Norway this past April, where I got to launch my first rocket.

Megan Gran
Megan GranFourth Year, BEng. Space Engineering

The Atmospheric Science program at York has truly shaped me into the person I am today and has given me such a amazing insight into my future as an operational meteorologist. My passion for all things weather began when I was 4 years old and only grew more intense over the years. In coming to York, the Atmospheric Science program and all its professors really took that passion and helped me focus it on the drive needed to be successful in this program and my future. The program has a super small community which was amazing because I have met some of best friends in it and everyone is so supportive and helpful when it comes to schoolwork. My advice for incoming students is to join the York Atmospheric Science Club (YASC). There, you get to meet and chill with people in the atmospheric science program and you get to go to extremely cool places such as Environment Canada and The Weather Network. The club is a great way to make connections outside of school!

Isabel Richardson
Isabel RichardsonFinal year, BSc. Atmospheric Science

I was given the opportunity to join Hatch Ltd, a global engineering company that spans the globe in many engineering fields, through a on-campus event. I am a part of the Hatch Data Science team and am involved in the forefront of Digital Mining platform with cloud based digital twin solution development. Using the learning skills, and communication skills, and work ethic I developed in the Geomatics Engineering program, I get to broaden my horizons into other related fields such as metal and mining, oil and gas, etc. Near real-time and real-time location and tracking in remote and underground environment are key enablers to better decision-making through reduced variability, increased transparency and safety. I get the opportunity to talk with clients and do consultation work because of technical knowledge and experience I now possess through the program.

Erin DuSolutions EIT (Engineer in Training), Digital Group at Hatch Ltd, Mississauga, ON, Class of 2016, Geomatics Engineering, York University

Space Engineering takes childlike wonder, curiosity, and an inability to take no for an answer. The engineering skills I’ve learned are applied in the most inhospitable environment there is, but the challenge only makes it better. It was the moment when I realized that entertaining impossible ideas is the only way to build the future and just how more equipped I am to make it happen that I knew I it was the right program for me because engineering for space is about refusing to accept the universe as too hard.

Ariyanna Kresnyak
Ariyanna KresnyakBEng. Space Engineering, Class of 2020
I have studied Geomatics Engineering at York University at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here.  Geomatics is a challenging and exciting field, with many avenues to engage in cutting-edge research.  The faculty and peer group are close-knit and supportive, with lots of opportunities like research assistant [positions], social events run by the Geomatics Club, and networking with Geomatics professionals in industry (e.g. the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors).  Through the Geomatics program at York, I have found my passion, and I am so glad to be a part of this community.
Benjamin BrunsonYear 1, PhD. Earth and Space Science, B.Eng Geomatics Engineering Class of 2017

The geomatics program at York University allows students to learn the theory behind technologies and practices used in the geomatics profession and also allows the students to get hands experience with geomatics technologies and surveying equipment.  The hands on portion of the program is incredibly useful as it allows the students to hit the ground running when joining the workforce.

The geomatics profession is a continually growing field with wide varied career opportunities which range from high precision surveying to GIS analysis which makes it a very excited field to be a part of.  

Derek Abernethy
Derek AbernethyFifth Year, BEng. Geomatics Engineering

As a a young girl, I was incredibly curious about the weather. With a strong desire to follow my passion, I, without hesitation, applied to the Atmospheric Science program at York University. As an alumni, I can now say that this program has not only fulfilled my dream of being educated on the scientific processes driving the weather, but also allowed me to meet a vast number of people with the same passion for weather and to have opportunities to see it applied in various work environments. This program has truly shaped me into the meteorologist that I dreamed of becoming my entire life, and led me to the start of my career with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Kristina Kretchman
Kristina KretchmanBSc. Atmospheric Science, Class of 2019

Ever since I was young, I was very intrigued by snowstorms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and all forms of severe weather . It was really a no-brainer that this was the career I wanted to pursue, and enrolling at York University was the first step to obtaining my first life goal. The professors are so passionate and driven to help each and every one of us succeed succeed. With clubs like the the York Atmospheric Science Club, there is a community of students who are just as passionate, helps you make important connections and grow together towards a common goal. The club is a great way to network in professional weather communities and workplaces such as Environment Canada and The Weather Network.

Rhythm Reet
Rhythm ReetBSc. Atmospheric Science, Class of 2021

Space Science & Engineering

Ariyanna Kresnyak

Ariyanna Kresnyak

B.Eng. Space Engineering

Space Engineering takes childlike wonder, curiosity, and an inability to take no for an answer. The engineering skills I’ve learned are applied in the most inhospitable environment there is, but the challenge only makes it better. It was the moment when I realized that entertaining impossible ideas is the only way to build the future and just how more equipped I am to make it happen that I knew I it was the right program for me because engineering for space is about refusing to accept the universe as too hard.

Michael Tabascio

Michael Tabascio

Final Year, B.Eng. Space Engineering

Space Engineering at York has allowed me to apply what I have learned in the classroom to the provincial and national engineering competitions I have participated in. It has taught me the proper way to tackle these type of engineering problems from the needs of the client all the way to project management and planning which has allowed my team and I to be successful.

Megan Gran

Megan Gran

Fourth Year, B.Eng. Space Engineering

I‘ve been passionate about space and engineering as individual subjects for years. Here in the Space Engineering program, I’m able to combine my passions, with the opportunity to do co-op, work with professors, and get exposed to the industry both on and off campus. For example, the Canadian Satellite Design Team at York that works on a satellite year round, and the Eurpean Space Agency’s Fly a Rocket! program in Norway this past April, where I got to launch my first rocket.

Brittney Cooper

Brittney Cooper

Year 2, MSc. Earth & Space Science

solving skills and confidence that contributed to my academic success for the remainder of my time at York. The Lassonde School of Engineering and the Earth and Space Science and Engineering department were very encouraging and supportive of students gaining a range of hands-on research experience. They offered amazing opportunities every year to take part in funded research for students to expand their skill set and learn how to effectively communicate. In my case, I loved what I was working on so much that I continued onto graduate studies and worked in the same lab for over 5 years!

Atmospheric Science

Kristina Kretchman

Kristina Kretchman

BSc. Atmospheric Science, Class of 2019

As a a young girl, I was incredibly curious about the weather. With a strong desire to follow my passion, I, without hesitation, applied to the Atmospheric Science program at York University. As an alumni, I can now say that this program has not only fulfilled my dream of being educated on the scientific processes driving the weather, but also allowed me to meet a vast number of people with the same passion for weather and to have opportunities to see it applied in various work environments. This program has truly shaped me into the meteorologist that I dreamed of becoming my entire life, and led me to the start of my career with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Rhythm Reet

Rhythm Reet

BSc. Atmospheric Science, Class of 2021

Ever since I was young, I was very intrigued by snowstorms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and all forms of severe weather . It was really a no-brainer that this was the career I wanted to pursue, and enrolling at York University was the first step to obtaining my first life goal. The professors are so passionate and driven to help each and every one of us succeed succeed. With clubs like the the York Atmospheric Science Club, there is a community of students who are just as passionate, helps you make important connections and grow together towards a common goal. The club is a great way to network in professional weather communities and workplaces such as Environment Canada and The Weather Network.

Isabel Richardson

Isabel Richardson

Final year, BSc. Atmospheric Science

The Atmospheric Science program at York has truly shaped me into the person I am today and has given me such a amazing insight into my future as an operational meteorologist. My passion for all things weather began when I was 4 years old and only grew more intense over the years. In coming to York, the Atmospheric Science program and all its professors really took that passion and helped me focus it on the drive needed to be successful in this program and my future. The program has a super small community which was amazing because I have met some of best friends in it and everyone is so supportive and helpful when it comes to schoolwork. My advice for incoming students is to join the York Atmospheric Science Club (YASC). There, you get to meet and chill with people in the atmospheric science program and you get to go to extremely cool places such as Environment Canada and The Weather Network. The club is a great way to make connections outside of school!

Crawford Luke

Crawford Luke

BSc. Atmospheric Science, Class of 2016

ESSE was great because it offered classes and a certificate specific to meteorology, which is not easy to find at universities in Canada. What stands out to me the most in thinking back was the York Atmospheric Science Club, or YASC. It was here where I fostered important friendships and connections that would significantly help me take my first steps into the post-university world. The club was a great way to make connections with older students in addition to professionals working both private and public sector meteorology jobs, which no doubt helped me start at Environment Canada’s Meteorological Service of Canada as a student and now as a full time meteorologist. University was as much learning about the non academic aspects of life as well as the academic items, and as such the learning has not stopped!

Geomatics/Earth Science & Engineering

Josh Karon

Josh Karon

B.Eng Geomatics Engineering Graduate, Class of 2019

Geomatics at York gave me the tool box that I needed to start my career in R&D in the field of indoor positioning. I have been picking up more tools along the way but the Geomatics program is what gave me the framework to understand and apply geometric algorithms and concepts in development projects. My advice to new students would be to get involved in research and view every project as an opportunity to apply your knowledge to real world situations.

My wife and I first met at York University when we were both in the Geomatics Engineering program. Using the skills, knowledge, and connections we developed from the program, we are able to start our careers and continuously grow and expand even further.

I currently work for Applanix, a company distinguished by many in the Geomatics program including staff and past graduates [who] I work alongside. I get to use the skills I learned in the Geomatics Engineering program to do some software/hardware development and testing for the world-standard positioning and orientation systems at Applanix. I have the confidence to say I have my dream job because of the Geomatics Engineering program.

Wendel ChanProject Engineer for Real-Time Department at Applanix Corporation, Richmond Hill, ON, Class of 2013, Geomatics Engineering, York University

I was given the opportunity to join Hatch Ltd, a global engineering company that spans the globe in many engineering fields, through a on-campus event. I am a part of the Hatch Data Science team and am involved in the forefront of Digital Mining platform with cloud based digital twin solution development. Using the learning skills, and communication skills, and work ethic I developed in the Geomatics Engineering program, I get to broaden my horizons into other related fields such as metal and mining, oil and gas, etc. Near real-time and real-time location and tracking in remote and underground environment are key enablers to better decision-making through reduced variability, increased transparency and safety. I get the opportunity to talk with clients and do consultation work because of technical knowledge and experience I now possess through the program.

Erin DuSolutions EIT (Engineer in Training), Digital Group at Hatch Ltd, Mississauga, ON, Class of 2016, Geomatics Engineering, York University
I have studied Geomatics Engineering at York University at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here.  Geomatics is a challenging and exciting field, with many avenues to engage in cutting-edge research.  The faculty and peer group are close-knit and supportive, with lots of opportunities like research assistant [positions], social events run by the Geomatics Club, and networking with Geomatics professionals in industry (e.g. the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors).  Through the Geomatics program at York, I have found my passion, and I am so glad to be a part of this community.
Benjamin BrunsonYear 1, PhD. Earth and Space Science, B.Eng Geomatics Engineering Class of 2017