Undergrad Students: Apply Now for NSERC USRA and LURA Awards

Undergraduate students can apply for awards via the NSERC USRA and LURA awards (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Undergraduate Student Research Awards and Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award).

Deadline to apply is February 27.

Details regarding the application process can be found online at:


Information Sessions will be held on:

  • January 23, 2 PM – 3 PM, hosted by Faculty of Science (will mainly focus on USRA), LSB 105
  • January 24, 9 AM – 10:30 AM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211
  • January 25, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211
  • February 7, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211
  • February 8, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, hosted by Lassonde (will cover LURA and USRA), BRG 211


Funded MSc Positions: Crowdsource Bathymetric Data Management Platform and Web-Based Visual Analytics

Geomatics Engineering Program at York University, Toronto, are offering two funded MSc positions for graduate studies in early January 2018 or in May 2018. Interested applicants, please email: mjadidi@yorku.ca and armenc@yorku.ca

For more info, click here.

JOB POSTING: Elections Ontario- PREO GIS Data Technologist

Job Opportunity with Elections Ontario
PREO GIS Data Technologist
Temporary Assignment January 2, 2018– December 31, 2018

Posting Date:  November 22, 2017

How to apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter as one attachment quoting File # EO-2017-124 to

hr@elections.on.ca  no later than November 28, 2017.

Full Detailed Job Posting can be found online at: https://www.elections.on.ca/content/dam/NGW/sitecontent/2017/jobs/PREO%20GIS%20Data%20Technologist.pdf

Geomatics Program featured in AOLS Magazine

The latest issue of the AOLS magazine features several articles related to our Geomatics program.

The magazine can be found online at:


NASA Group Achievement Award

As pictured above, five Lassonde researchers from the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE) were presented with certificates by NASA “For exceptional technical innovations and execution of rover surface operations leading to numerous, profound new discoveries about the ancient climate and habitability of Mars.” From left to right these are Casey A. Moore (PhD Candidate), Dr. Christina L. Smith (Postdoctoral Fellow), Prof. John E. Moores, Jacob Kloos (PhD Candidate) and Dr. John Burton (absent from photo).


Prof. John Moores and four other researchers in his Planetary Volatiles Laboratory from the Lassonde School of Engineering have been presented with the NASA Group Achievement Award for their contributions to the Mars Science Laboratory’s (popularly known as the Curiosity Rover) first extended mission, which completed in 2016.


The research group is directly involved with rover operations, with students helping to decide each day which tasks the spacecraft will carry out on Mars. Once those tasks are completed, scientific measurements are taken and the data are returned to Earth, the same students complete the analysis required to yield new discoveries, such as the water-ice clouds glimpsed above Gale Crater by the Group in August.


“It’s a great feeling to be recognized for what the team has accomplished, but the work of exploring Mars and its past and present environment continues!” noted Moores, whose students are also a part of the 2nd Extended Mission of Curiosity, currently underway.


Geomatica Award 2017 – Prix Geomatica 2017

The Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) is delighted to announce the first recipient of its new prestigious award, “Geomatica”: Dr. Costas Armenakis, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, at York University. The Geomatica award is presented to someone who has contributed to the advancement of geomatics in Canada in an exceptional manner. Dr. Armenakis has an exceptional record of contributions with over 30 years of experience in the field of geomatics and, more specifically, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and GIS. After a successful career as a research scientist for Natural Resources Canada, Dr. Armenakis started an academic career in Geomatics Engineering at York University. He has represented Canada on the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) for over 25 years, chaired many geomatics conferences and symposiums in Canada, has been involved as Associate Editor in diverse scientific journals, including Geomatica, and contributed to professional organizations like CIG for over two decades. We are delighted to recognize Dr. Armenakis’ outstanding contribution to our field with this new prestigious award.


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Armenakis!

ESSE Summer BBQ 2017

On July 12th, 2017, ESSE faculty, staff, and graduate students gathered together for yet another annual ESSE Summer BBQ.

Under the burning July sun, Team Rainbow and Team Shirts confronted each other on the soccer field. Team Rainbow bore the palm, yet the final score remains unknown…

The soccer game was followed by the delicious lunch at The Orange Snail.


L’Oscars 2017

Back on May 25th, 2017, Lassonde Awards ceremony has taken place for the academic year of 2016-2017. Congratulations to all the award recipients from ESSE Department!


Call for Projects for ENG4000

Dear colleague,

As the course directors for the capstone Engineering course at the Lassonde School of Engineering, we are looking to develop cross-campus collaborations for our students and yours for the upcoming academic year. The capstone course is a 2-semester project course taken by our 4th year students to design, develop and test an Engineering system. As part of our “Renaissance Engineering” brand, we are keen to encourage our students to recognize the importance of cross-disciplinary understanding and collaboration to come up with solutions to today’s most challenging complex problems, and would be keen to include collaborative projects with your department in our proposed capstone projects.

Last year we proposed 4 such projects (one with Music to develop an electronic flute, one with Psychology to develop a virtual reality system for Orangutans, one with the teaching commons to develop a pedagogy-support app and one with our own student services to develop a “social kiosk” for students), with our students selecting two of these. This year, we would be interested to propose more such projects. At the simplest level, these can consist of a faculty member or student / student group acting as a system user, helping our students understand the user need for a system, and working with our students to develop a solution that meets that need. If you may be interested in a different type of collaboration, however, that may benefit your department or students in another way, we would also be interested to discuss this with you.

Projects are supervised by us as course directors, along with a dedicated faculty supervisor from Lassonde and an industry adviser, and students are required to go through traditional engineering project gate reviews through the year as they develop their solutions. Whilst proposing a project is not a guarantee that a student team will select it, our students very much appreciate projects proposed from real-world users. The level of support or interaction required from your department or students can be as minimal as proposing a project or much more extensive if desired. The 2017-2018 capstone course starts in September, but we are looking to shortlist projects by early August to ensure they meet our academic requirements and that we can identify suitable supervisors and industry advisers for every project by September. If you have a possible project you may want to propose, or would like to know more about the capstone course at York, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours faithfully,

Franz Newland (ESSE), Hossam Sadek (Mechanical), James Smith (EECS)


York Athabasca Jack Pine Tower Field Work Update

At approximately 100 ft,  the tower reaches as high as the surrounding canopy. (Photo Credit: Mark Gordon)

At approximately 100 ft,
the tower reaches as high as the surrounding canopy.
(Photo Credit: Mark Gordon)

Earth and Space Science Masters student Tim (Kaiti) Jiang and supervisor Mark Gordon spent the last two weeks of July installing an instrumented 30m tall telescoping  tower in Northern Alberta.

The York Athabasca Jack Pine (YAJP) tower is situated in the middle of the boreal forest north of Fort McMurray, surrounded by oil sands mining and upgrading  facilities.  Measurements on the tower include aerosols, black carbon, dust and particulate, ozone, CO2, radiation (PAR, UV, SW, and LW), temperature, moisture, winds, and turbulence.

The tower will remain in the forest for at least a year and will send data back to York with a cellular modem.  This study will help us understand how pollutants from the oil sands facilities interact with the forest environment and how turbulence and pollutant mixing develops in forest canopies.

Featured image: MSc student Tim Jiang and contractor Mike Solohub prepare to install the tower.

By: Mark Gordon

Tim works to set up instruments and download data at the tower base.  (Photo Credit: Mark Gordon)

Tim works to set up instruments and download data at the tower base.
(Photo Credit: Mark Gordon)