Department Chairs



Professor Voula Pantazopoulou

Chair, Department of Civil Engineering


Professor Pantazopoulou is the Chair of the Civil Engineering Department and Professor. Her research areas of expertise include Structural Mechanics and Earthquake Engineering with a focus on performance-based engineering. Dr. Pantazopoulou completed her Masters, Doctoral and Post Doctoral studies in Civil Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, and holds an Engineering Diploma in the same discipline from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Prior to her current appointment at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, Dr. Pantazopoulou gained international academic experience in several positions, which she held successively from 1988 onwards: tenured Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Professor of Civil Engineering at Democritus University of Thrace, in Greece and Professor and Department Head of Civil Engineering at the University of Cyprus. Over her academic career, Professor Pantazopoulou has supervised several Doctoral Students, many of whom are now faculty members in Canada and abroad. She serves as a member in several International Committees of Experts that prepare technical guidelines for concrete and masonry structures and innovative construction materials.
In the last five years she has been actively involved in the promotion of novel assessment procedures for structural assessment of the Built Cultural Heritage. In 2004, she was elected Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and is the recipient of ASCE’s Moisseiff Award for Notable Contributions to the Science and Art of Civil Engineering.


Professor Jinjun Shan

Chair, Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering

Professor Jinjun Shan is Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE) at Lassonde, as well as a Professor.

Dr. Jinjun Shan joined the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York University as an Assistant Professor in July 2006, and was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2011. Prior to his appointment in York, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) from Nov. 2003 and a Research Assistant at Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management (MEEM), City University of Hong Kong, from Sept. 2002 to Sept. 2003. He received his B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D. degrees all from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 1997, 1999 and 2002, respectively. Dr. Shan was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Post-doctoral Fellowship in 2006, Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers in 2012 and is a Senior Member of IEEE and AIAA. He is a Professional Engineer in Ontario since 2007.

His current research interests are dynamics, control and navigation, space system engineering. He is the founding director of Spacecraft Dynamics Control and Navigation Laboratory (SDCNLab) at York University.


Professor Richard Hornsey

Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Professor Richard Hornsey is Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.


Richard Hornsey is a Professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, having joined York University in 2001 from the University of Waterloo as one of the first Engineering faculty members at York.  He was appointed Associate Dean for Engineering in 2005 to lead the restructuring that resulted in the first accreditation of the engineering programs. 


In 2011-12, Professor Hornsey was one of a small team developing the Lassonde School of Engineering and later, as Vice Dean of Lassonde, he led the Faculty’s governance and quality assurance processes, the establishment of the School’s co-op option, and initiated significant curricular enhancements.  He was also a member of the core project team that designed the new home of Engineering on campus, the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence. In 2017–18, Professor Hornsey served as Interim Dean of Lassonde.


Professor Hornsey earned his MA, MSc and DPhil degrees in Engineering Science from Oxford University in England and is a licensed Professional Engineer. His research interests include engineering history and electronic sensor systems. In 2015, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and was named a University Professor at York.



Professor Alidad Amirfazli

Chair (Interim), Department of Mechanical Engineering


Professor Alidad Amirfazli is the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Alidad Amirfazli's current research is in surface engineering and understanding droplet surface interactions to develop platform technologies for diverse areas of applications, e.g. water management in fuel cells, anti-icing systems for wind turbine/aircrafts printing technology, application of pesticides, spray cooling, addative manufacturing and related instrumentation.
His extensive international collaborations include research in Italy, Germany, Belgium and Spain. He has been the Canada Research Chair in Surface Engineering and has earned the rare distinction of having twice received NSERC’s DAS Grant. Amongst his past distinctions are appointment as a Killiam Annual Professor and the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize.
Among many activities before Lassonde, Amirfazli helped found the Energy Club, a student group engaged with the broader community to promote sustainability and energy information at the University of Alberta. At the same time he co-taught—with instructors from Law, Economics, and Science—a groundbreaking interdisciplinary energy course, that aligns closely with the Renaissance Engineering™ concept at Lassonde.
Professor Amirfazli has served at the Board of Examiners for Professional Engineering body in Alberta (APEGA), and has been a consultant to many companies (local and multinational). He has served on various funding agencies' review boards