Dean Jane Goodyer
Jane Goodyer is a British-New Zealand engineer and academic. She is dedicated to transforming engineering education that prepares learners for meaningful careers and long-term success.
From her personal experience, Jane knows that education can transform lives. She is a first-generation learner who has benefited from postsecondary studies and is passionate about opening doors to other first-generation learners, especially from under-served communities.
Prior to her appointment as Dean and Professor at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering, Jane served as Head of School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University. During her 12 years at Massey she also served as Associate Dean teaching and learning; leading major curricula and learner model transformations both at an institutional and national level to ensure education is accessible to all.
Throughout her career, Jane has always sought to bring academia and industry closer together. She is leading the first fully Work Integrated Learning program in Canada; a model that allows learners to be fully employed, earn a salary and gain a qualification, without going into debt. In 2020, she also launched a significant initiative for Lassonde through the K2I Academy, which aims to dismantle systemic barriers and to build equity-focused programs that diversify representation in STEM professions.
Professor Dan Palermo - Vice Dean, Academic
Professor Dan Palermo is the Vice Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering and a Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering. Prior to joining York University, he was a faculty member at the University of Ottawa from 2005-2013 and the University of Calgary in 2004.
Dr. Palermo serves as an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE). His research interests include seismic repair and retrofit of concrete structures, seismic applications of shape memory alloys, innovative masonry wall structures, characterization of Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete, nonlinear finite element analysis of reinforced concrete structures, and tsunami-induced loading of structures
In 2018, Dr. Palermo received the York University President’s University-Wide Teaching Award and the distinction of Fellow from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
As Vice Dean, Dr. Palermo oversees all Academic matters for the school.
Professor John Moores - Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies
Professor John Moores is the Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies of the Lassonde School of Engineering.
Dr. Moores holds a PhD from the University of Arizona in Planetary Science (2008) and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He has published 84 papers which have attracted over 7,000 citations (Google Scholar). His research straddles the divide between science and engineering to explore our solar system and the atmospheres of other planets. In this capacity he serves as the Director of the Technologies for Exo/Planetary Science NSERC CREATE Network and has held the York Research Chair in Space Exploration since 2019.
As the Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies, Professor Moores oversees research matters and the graduate programs at Lassonde.
Mitch Burnie - Assistant Dean, Students
Mitch Burnie is the Assistant Dean of Students. He took on this role in 2020. Prior to this he held the position of Manager, Student Advising at Lassonde.
His goal is to continue providing strategic guidance on a number of key areas including academic advising, engagement, scholarships, academic honesty, co-op, petitions and much more. Student experience, well-being and success is his utmost priority.
Professor Voula Pantazopoulou - Chair, Department of Civil Engineering
Professor Voula 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.
Professor 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, Professor 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 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.
University Professor Richard Hornsey - Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Professor 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 part 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, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Alidad Amirfazli is the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Professor 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, additive 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, Professor 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.