Earth and Space Science and Engineering

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Addressing the world's greatest challenges

The Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering (ESSE) works to create exceptional science and engineering professionals and leaders in the exploration and understanding of the Earth and planetary systems, for the prosperity of a sustainable society.

We provide high-quality education and conduct innovative research for the exploration and understanding of our planet, including its atmosphere and planetary space. We nurture creative science and engineering programs in an effective, stimulating and multidisciplinary environment in which students, faculty and staff can grow and excel.

The ESSE Department is home to nearly 22 faculty members, 300 undergraduate and over 100 graduate students, and is one of the founding members of the Lassonde School of Engineering, offering several unique and world-class graduate and undergraduate programs.


Graduate Student Positions

  • Airborne Sensing ( is looking for students for summer work, internship (4-16 months) as well as for graduates of our program. Preference will be given to geomatics engineers who are bilingual (English/French). Anyone interested can apply to

Other Positions

Canada’s Only Space Engineering Program

Ontario’s Only Geomatics Engineering Program

Ontario’s Only Meteorology/ Atmospheric Science Program

Brittney Cooper

MSc Earth & Space Science Student

“The Lassonde School of Engineering and the Earth and Space Science and Engineering department were very encouraging and supportive of all students gaining a range of hands-on research experience.

They offered amazing opportunities every year to take part in funded research for students like me to expand their skill set and learn how to effectively communicate.

In my case, I loved what I was working on so much that I continued onto graduate studies and worked in the same lab for over 5 years!”