Staircase to a hallway

The Dean's Office




To reach out to any of these Lassonde staff, find their contact information here.


Melissa Abraham

Events Coordinator

Planning, creative ideation and logistics are Melissa's strengths. As Events Coordinator, Melissa conceptualizes, plans and executives a variety of large and small-scale events across the School. 

We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. - Walt Disney



Sean Billingsley
Director, Design, Admissions & Recruitment

Sean leads the visual identity, brand and marketing strategy for Lassonde. He provides overall creative direction for the School’s presence across print and digital media as well as marketing the School directly to our potential Lassonde students. He also leads the strategic planning of undergraduate recruitment and the admissions process, building relationships with the schools that are the homes of future Lassonde students.

Design thinking is the search for a magical balance between business and art; structure and chaos; intuition and logic; concept and execution; playfulness and formality; and control and empowerment. - Idris Mootee



Christina Corre (On Maternity Leave)
Research/Awards Officer

Christina supports faculty with research and grant guidelines and is constantly on the hunt for new external-funding opportunities. She organizes and promotes events that strengthen the reputation of the work done at Lassonde.

Yes, it hurts when buds burst. - Karin Boye



Pamela Edgecombe 
Director, Strategic Policy & Planning

Pam is in charge of coordinating academic planning and new program initiatives. Whether it's enrolment management and reporting or curriculum decisions, Pam is the one to go to for all things designed to help make the next Renaissance Engineer.

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. - Albert Einstein



Suzie Lee Hortness
Senior Development Officer

Responsible for activities related to major-gift prospects and donors, Suzie makes sure those who support Lassonde are recognized for their donations.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill



Janice Hylton
Administrative Assistant to the Vice Dean

Janice supports the Vice Dean with the hiring and management of faculty. She also coordinates the tenure and promotion process and assists the Director, Strategic Policy & Planning.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman



Muhammad Javeed
Director, Information Technology

Muhammad plays a key role in supporting and advancing the strategic priorities of the School by aligning efficient and innovative IT systems and resources to meet those prioriets. He provides effective delivery of Information Technology services in support of Teaching and Learning, laboratory, research, and administrative operations including extneral partner linkages.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela



Paulina Karwowska-Desaulniers  
Director, Research Priorities & Partnerships

Paulina oversees research initiatives and processes, funding and awards. She also supports the management of graduate studies programs.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? - Albert Einstein



Mudita Kundra
Student Recruitment Officer

As the primary contact for prospective and current undergraduates, Mudita coordinates communication, organizes events and develops the relationship between the school and future Lassonde students.

One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension. - Oliver Wendell Holmes



Kayla Lascasas
Development Coordinator

Kayla supports fundraising activities such as booking and planning meetings, managing projects, preparing reports, and planning donor cultivation and stewardship events.

But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light. - J.K. Rowling



Sal Paneduro 
Accreditation Strategist

Overseeing pre- and post-accreditation processes is a big job but Sal deals with it all. He manages all the information needed to get Lassonde's degrees considered by the engineering community.

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strengths. - Sigmund Freud



Martin Romero
Facilities Coordinator

Martin coordinates service requests for Lassonde facilities’ operations.  He also supports Health & Safety, Administration and Procurement for the Dean’s Office.

Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose. I favour freedom as you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion. - Mario Vargas-Llosa



Joseph Pedias
Assistant Manager, Facilities

Responsible for occupational health and safety concerns, Ed coordinates Lassonde spaces and manages facilities. 

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain



Laura Simpson
Director, Administration & Opportunities 

Laura makes sure Lassonde is staffed with the most qualified people for the job. She is the human resources lead and helps create an environment that allows everybody to do their job best.

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. - Stevie Wonder



Lan Zhang
Financial Coordinator

Supporting financial activities for the Deanery, Lan sees to expense claims and payments, PCards and requisitions.

Be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi



Frances Valerio
Accreditation & Academic Curriculum Coordinator

Frances supports the approval and implementation of program and course requirements while also designing curriculum-related student support tools.

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. - C.S. Lewis



Jackie Zeni
Academic and Program Assistant

Jackie provides administrative and project support to faculty academic processes. She also supports the Lassonde 50:50 program by assisting with 50:50 event planning, communications, and project support.

Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization - Mahatma Gandhi


Harj Singh
International Recruitment Officer

Harj is responsible for assisting in the creation and implementation of Lassonde's Recruitment and Admissions strategies for international student and domestic students (outside Ontario). 



Willem Peppler
Research/Awards Officer (Interim)

Willem supports grant applications and the implementation of Lassonde's strategic research plan.  


Bryan Lee

Research Analyst Officer

Bryan supports data gathering, analysis efforts and the growing research enterprise at Lassonde. 



Lisa Cole
Director, Programming (K2I Academy)

Lisa develops and executes outreach learning programs and opportunities to help build STEM literacy for young people, supporting and inspiring them to embark on careers in STEM. 


Michael Twohey

Director of Professional Education & Advanced Learning

Michael supports the growth and development of micro credentials, course offerings and certificate programs at Lassonde, offering graduates the opportunity to boost qualifications or re-skill in various areas. 



Julie Gustavel

Operations Manager (Interim)

Julie manages and oversees all adminstrative operations at Lassonde, managing a large team of assistants across the School's four departments.


Melody Farzadfar

Operations Manager (On Maternity Leave)

Melody manages and oversees all adminstrative operations at Lassonde, managing a large team of assistants across the School's four departments.