FAST funding – Three Lassonde Professors

The Canadian Space Agency’s Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) funding initiative supports space research in Canadian post-secondary institutions.

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Internship Opportunity for ESSE Students

We are pleased to announce exciting “Part Time Surveyor Assistant Internship opportunity with Jay Dee Canada” on the  “North Tunnel Constructors ‐ Coxwell Bypass Tunnel Project” in Toronto, Ontario.  For more info, click here

Faculty Job Openings in Lassonde

Assistant Professor of Space Engineering

The Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE) invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Space Engineering. For more info, click here

Lassonde School of Engineering, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Engineering
The Lassonde School of Engineering, York University seeks to identify and nominate an excellent woman researcher for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Engineering. For more info, click here

Dr. John Moores, ESSE Professor, elected to RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Lassonde School of Engineering Professor John Moores, has been named a member of the RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Dr. John Moores,  is an internationally recognized planetary scientist and space engineer whose research explores the atmospheres and surfaces of other worlds. His research group has been a member of the science and operations teams of four ESA and NASA space missions to Mars and Titan and has been awarded the NASA group achievement award on 16 occasions. In this work, he has published 55 papers garnering more than 4,000 citations.

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Congratulations, John !!

ESSE Department-Welcomes 3 New Professors

This year, three new professors, Dr. Issac Smith, Dr. Neil Tandon and Dr. Ryan Orszulik  joined the ESSE Department.

Dr. Issac Smith

Dr. Isaac Smith joined York University as an Assistant Professor, CRC Tier II in Planetary Science on July 1, 2018. Dr. Smith is a planetary scientist that concentrates on atmospheric, surface, and subsurface processes on Mars, especially related to ice. He is a co-investigator on the SHARAD instrument and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. He comes to us from the Planetary Science Institute, where he joined as a post-doctoral researcher in 2016 and was promoted to research scientist in 2017. He completed his PhD at the University of Texas in 2013 and afterward received a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Laboratory de Meterologie Dynamic at Sorbonne University in Paris. Dr. Smith’s office is PSE 110.

At York, Dr. Smith intends to continue his ongoing research and add laboratory and field components in his study of ice processes and behavior. For field work, he would like to study permafrost features and morphology in the Canadian Arctic and relate the analogue landforms to permafrost features found on Mars. In the lab, he aims to constraint the rheological properties of CO2 ice to study its behavior as glaciers and albedo effects of CO2 ice as it sinters dues to incident solar radiation. Working with other ices, such as N2 and CH4, two common ices on Pluto, are longer-term goals.


Dr. Neil Tandon

Dr. Neil Tandon joined us as an Assistant Professor in Atmospheric Science on July 1, 2018. Dr. Tandon’s research focuses on theoretical climate dynamics. He uses a combination of models, observations and mathematical analysis to investigate how motions in Earth’s atmosphere and ocean influence climate. Dr. Tandon completed his Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University in 2013, supervised by Prof. Lorenzo Polvani. Afterwards, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Paul Kushner at the University of Toronto, funded partially by the Canadian Snow and Sea Ice Evolution (CanSISE) Network. Since 2016, he has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Climate Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada in Toronto. Dr. Tandon’s office is PSE 153.


Dr. Ryan Orszulik

Dr. Ryan Orszulik will join York University as an Assistant Professor in Engineering Design from January 1, 2019. Dr. Orszulik received his B.A.Sc. in Space Engineering and Ph.D. from the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. From November 2014to November 2016 he was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Mechanics at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. Since December 2016 he has been an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Harvard Microrobotics Lab with a joint appointment between the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Dr. Orszulik’s office is PSE 130.

Dr. Orszulik’s previous research includes active vibration control, membrane control for SAR antenna, and a flight-qualified nanometer-level positioning system. His current research lies in developing new types of mesoscale piezoelectric motors and bioinspired robotics. These research topics all originate from the core theme of his research, which is to exploit the vast potential of smart materials, in particular piezoelectrics and shape memory alloys, in applications from instrumentation to structures. In particular, he is interested in the intelligent design of robotic and mechatronic systems through the development of dynamic models, the discovery of new fabrication techniques, and the use of advanced control.

Professor Jinjun Shan and Dr. Ti Chen received the Cosber Best Paper in Automation Award at 2018 IEEE ICIA

Lassonde School of Engineering Professor Jinjun Shan and his Post Doctoral Fellow Dr. Ti Chen received the Cosber Best Paper in Automation Award at the 2018 IEEE Conference on Information and Automation for “Distributed Fixed-Time Control of Multi-agent Systems with Input Shaping”.

The IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (ICIA) is the premier conference series presenting the state of the art and future perspectives of information and automation science, engineering and education. This year’s IEEE ICIA took place at Wuyi Mountain, China on August 11-13.

Congratulations Prof. Jinjun Shan and Dr. Ti Chen !!

Hunter Schofield, Lassonde Co-op/Internship Student of the Year Award

Space Engineering Student, Hunter Schofield, selected for the 2017 Co-op/Internship Students of the Year award (Sponsored by Nascent).

The Lassonde Co-op/Internship Student of the Year Award committee recognized Hunter Schofield, for his contribution to his co-op/internship employer in 2017. He will receive a certificate, a $500.00 cash award from the Lassonde Co-op Program and be recognized at the L’Oscars event in September.

As a 2nd year Space Engineering student, Hunter secured a 16-month work term at the Regional Municipality of York where he worked on a variety of applications for Environmental Services. He made exceptional contributions to the municipality including optimizing an organizational chart system to improve user experience. He also collaborated on a Street Tree Planting & Establishment Contract Administration System for efficient management & maintenance of trees in the region. His contributions, along with his technical expertise, earned the project recognition from the Commissioner and a nomination for the external IT Project of the Year award.

“His demonstrated leadership, technical expertise and vision have made a positive impact on our projects and I have no doubt that this will continue in his future endeavors.” – Olga Lawton, Program Manager, Technology Projects & System Support.

Additionally, Hunter has founded his own software development startup, “6Side”, which is focused on enhancing traditional marketing by integrating innovative technologies.

Congratulations Hunter!

Professor Michael Daly receives Canadian Aeronautics & Space Institute award

Lassonde School of Engineering Professor Michael Daly has been awarded the 2018 CASI McCurdy Award from the Canadian Aeronautics & Space Institute. The award is presented for outstanding achievement in the science and creative aspects of engineering relating to aeronautics and space research.

Daly received the award for his academic work, and for his role as a pioneer and leader in space science as someone has made outstanding contributions to the field of aeronautics and space research. He was lauded for his role and impact on Canada’s space robotics and planetary science programs.

The award citation highlights Dalyʹs achievements during the recent decades, many of which have enabled some of Canada’s most ambitious initiatives in space to succeed. His influence has uniquely changed the direction of Canada’s space program. Built on his concept for a novel instrument (an asteroid mapping LIDAR), Daly is the lead scientist for Canada’s newest space instrument: the OSIRIS‐Rex Laser Altimeter (OLA) that launched to asteroid Bennu in September 2016. He also successfully engineered Canada’s first instrument to operate from the surface of a solar system body other than the Earth. His work has created new opportunities for Canadian Space industry and improved Canada’s competitiveness internationally.

OSIRIS-REx Artist's Concept OSIRIS-REx extends its sampling arm as it moves in to make contact with the asteroid Bennu.

OSIRIS-REx extends its sampling arm as it moves in to make contact with the asteroid Bennu

The McCurdy Award was introduced in 1954 by the Institute of Aircraft Technicians, one of the aeronautical groups that amalgamated to form the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. The award commemorates the many engineering and other contributions made by John A.D. McCurdy during the first stages of the development of an aviation industry in North America.

To receive the McCurdy Award, the nominee’s achievement must constitute the most significant contribution made in recent years toward the advancement of science and technology in aeronautics and space exploration and must be worthy of special recognition. The contribution may be administrative in nature, but it must be directly related to science and technology and have been sustained over several years at an imaginative and creative level above what would normally be considered a competent and successful performance.

Lassonde researchers are mapping Canada’s waterways, improving sea traffic

Two professors out of York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering are taking an innovative approach to map the waterways of northern Canada.

Geomatics Engineering Professors Costas Armenakis and Mojgan Jadidi, in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, have introducing crowd-sourced data collection in an effort to map the waterways.

The mapping effort includes a focus on underwater depth which is important for sea traffic and environmental impacts. As the area is very large, the mapping will require a massive effort.

As part of the Canadian Ocean Mapping Research and Education Network (COMREN) Armenakis and Jadidi are collaborating with the Centre Interdisciplinaire pour le Développement de la Cartographie des Océans (CIDCO) and the University of New Brunswick in working with Aboriginal communities to gather data using various sensors, such as GPS and underwater depth sensors.

The data collection will be done during regular activities, such as fishing trips.

The local communities will also be involved in the discussions on how the new knowledge will be managed, shared and integrated into products that individuals, communities and businesses can use. The idea is to integrate, not replace, Inuit knowledge about northern sea conditions and safety at sea.

The goal is not only to gather the data, but also to learn how to best collect, process, and share crowd-sourced water depth data.

As a result, this will enable the Northern communities to build capacity, use the technology, and provide trusted data to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, namely the Canadian Hydrographic Service. The approach can be extended through the north to other regions of the world, says Armenakis.

The project is funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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