Assistant Deans



Marisa Sterling

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.



Amy Gaukel

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.