Assistant Dean, Inclusivity & Diversity
Lassonde set itself the 50:50 Challenge to become the first engineering school in Canada to achieve a 50:50 gender balance.
The position of Assistant Dean, Inclusivity & Diversity, was established in 2015 to develop the long-term strategy to increase the presence of women, and other underrepresented groups, at all levels of the Lassonde School of Engineering.
Marisa Sterling, the first appointee to this newly-created role, most recently led the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education, where she oversaw annual scholarships for engineering students across Ontario universities. Marisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from the University of Toronto, and holds a PEng designation.
Assistant Dean, Students
Amy Gaukel focuses on achieving the Lassonde School’s commitment to put students first.
She is responsible for ensuring that every Lassondian receives an exceptional student experience with the advice, support and services they need to become the Renaissance Engineers of the future.
Amy joined Lassonde from Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology.
She completed a Master of Education specializing in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Calgary and has a BA (Hons.) in Political Science and General BA Development and International Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
Assistant Dean, Finance & Budget Strategy
Fred Zhu is responsible for the effective fiscal operation of the Lassonde School of Engineering.
He initiates the set-up of the planning, development and implementation of financial-related activities in support of the School’s strategic plan.
Fred joined Lassonde from the Office of Vice-President Research at the University of Toronto.
He has a law degree from McGill University’s Faculty of Law and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.