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Dr. Satinder Brar interviewed by CBC Radio

November 29, 2022

Civil Engineering Professor Satinder Brar was recently interviewed by CBC Radio Canada.

Listen here on CBC Radio Canada. (Note: the interview is in French)


Lassonde Dean appointed to Global Engineering Deans Council

November 15, 2022

portrait of Jane Goodyer, red chair, black and white stripes background

Lassonde School of Engineering Dean, Jane Goodyer, has been appointed to the executive committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) for a three-year term.

Read more about this in Education News Canada.


Lassonde’s k2i academy is bringing experiential learning across the GTA with the ‘Bringing STEM to Life: In Schools’ program.

November 3, 2022

This program aims to address systemic barriers to opportunities for underrepresented youth in STEM by providing students with innovative, hands-on learning experiences.

Watch this video from the York District School Board to learn more.


York University Announces Canada’s First Fully Work Integrated Degree in Digital Technologies

October 25, 2022

Dean Jane Goodyer sitting in a grey chair using a laptop

Lassonde School of Engineering Dean, Jane Goodyer, answered some questions about our new integrated program in Digital Technologies with Tech Talent Canada.

Read the full interview to learn more about how the program works and the ways it can benefit both students and employers.

Read about it on Tech Talent.ca


Innovative post-secondary solutions will help solve Canada’s tech-sector skills shortage

October 18, 2022

Bergeron Centre

In this op-ed, Dean Jane Goodyer speaks about how Lassonde is bringing the UK’s proven work-integrated learning model to Canada with the new Integrated Program in Digital Technologies, an innovative solution to the skills shortage in the ICT sector.

Read about it in The Hill Times.


Voltera Launches World’s First Printer for Soft, Stretchable Electronics

October 6, 2022

Circuit board lit up in various colours

Lassonde researcher Gerd Grau comments on the possible applications of NOVA, a groundbreaking manufacturing platform for printing flexible hybrid electronics. 

Read the article in The National Post.


Flexible pathways to post-secondary education is key to solving the tech worker shortage.

October 4, 2022

two women sitting at a desk with laptops and papers

Dean Jane Goodyer speaks about how Lassonde’s new Digital Technologies work-integrated degree program could address Canada’s skills shortage in the ICT sector.

Read about it in The Toronto Star, The St. Catherines Standard, The Peterborough Examiner, QUOI Media, and The Niagara Falls Review.


Professor Mike Daly comments on NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

September 26, 2022

A photo of an asteroid and a satellite in space.

In what seems like a scene out of a science fiction movie, NASA will slam a spacecraft into a distant asteroid to see whether it can nudge its orbit — all in an effort to test a way to protect Earth from any potential future threats. Lassonde Prof Mike Daly, a co-investigator on DART talks about the mission.

Read about it on CBC News.


Professor Neil Tandon comments on if the colour of the sky can be used to predict the weather

September 19, 2022

On CBC, a listener asks: “The popular saying goes ‘Red sky at morning, sailors take warning; red sky at night, sailors delight.’ Is there any science behind looking at the colour of the sky to predict the weather?”

Listen to Dr. Neil Tandon’s answer on CBC radio.


Researchers develop new technique to keep drinking water safe using machine learning

September 7, 2022

A team led by Lassonde Researchers has developed a new technique to keep drinking water safe using machine learning, and it could be a game changer.

Read the article on phys.org and waterworld.com.

Researcher Michael De Santi was interviewed live on CP24 for this story on September 6, 2022.


Digital ‘apprenticeships’ could solve Canada’s tech talent shortage

August 8, 2022

Dean Jane Goodyear speaks about how ‘Integrated programs’ are a win-win: students earn while they learn; employers can attract new high-quality talent.

Read the article in The Toronto Star the St. Catherines Standard, the Niagara Falls Review, The Hill Times, The Welland Tribune, The Peterborough Examiner, TheRecord.com, and The Hamilton Spectator.


“Spiteful” Behavior Identified in Bacteria

July 29, 2022

Pink Sphere Splashed by Green Liquid

Researchers from York University co-authored a study, led by Lassonde’s Dr. Andrew Eckford, which discovered that bacterial colonies might go to the extent of harming themselves just to get rid of freeloaders.

Read the article on Technology Networks, phys.org, technology.org and list23.com.


York University working with employers to future-proof graduates entering workforce

July 27, 2022

cover photo of the 2022 markham voice magazine

Lassonde’s new Integrated Program in Digital Technologies, which will begin in September 2023, was featured in the summer edition of the Markham Voice Magazine.


Frank Stronach partners with York University to help build SARIT electric car

July 1, 2022

A photo of Frank Stronach standing beside a red SARIT vehicle.

Stronach and SARIT announced a partnership with York University in June along with a $100,000 donation where students and faculty would do research for the SARIT.

Read the article in the Stoufville Sun-Tribune.


These students graduate debt-free and career-ready via Shopify-York partnership

June 30, 2022

photo of a male student in a blue shirt in the foreground, with a blonde woman in the background

Dev Degree offers students unique opportunity to get an accredited degree and get experience — and get paid — along the way.

Read the article on the Toronto Star


Mars’ Carbon Dioxide Glaciers are on the Move

MAY 10, 2022

The long-standing mystery of the composition of Mars’ famous polar formations has been solved thanks to a groundbreaking study by Lassonde Prof Isaac Smith: “Carbon Dioxide Ice Glaciers at the South Pole of Mars.”

Read the article on beforeitsnews.com


Watch Lassonde Professors on ‘Colossal Machines’

April 27, 2022

Watch Lassonde Profs. Solomon Boakye-Yiadom and George Zhu on National Geographics Colossal Machines, where they reveal mechanical secrets about machines that changed the world in a big way. You can catch up on Season 1 through Amazon Prime, and Season 02 begins on May 7.

Watch the trailer on youtube or learn more about the show from National Geographic.


Five Minutes With Jane Goodyear

April 19, 2022

Headshot of Jane Goodyer

Jane Goodyer, Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering, sits down with Engineering New Zealand to chat about her career and how she’s driving systemic change in the education system.

You can read the article on Engineering New Zealand.


Professor Stephanie Gora envisions a more equitable water future for Canada

March 25, 2022

Photo of Water Bottles

Two-thirds of the long-term water advisories in place across Canada affect Indigenous communities. Civil Engineering Professor Stephanie Gora addresses how we can innovate a new system.

You can read the article on The Toronto Star.


Lassonde researcher weighs in on Ukraine’s nuclear power plants

March 22, 2022

Lassonde Mechanical Engineering researcher Marina Freire-Gormaly describes what it takes to run a nuclear power plant smoothly as Russia’s attack on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine early Friday raises fears.

You can read the article on Global News or q107 website.


Partnership between k2i academy and Black E.S.T.E.E.M featured

March 18, 2022

Lassonde School of Engineering’s k2i academy partners with Black E.S.T.E.E.M., a program that focuses on providing Black girls with the tools and supports they need to thrive in STEM.

You can read the article on CityNews


Professor Isaac Smith interviewed on the search for water on Mars

March 8, 2022

south pole of mars

Professor Isaac Smith of the Earth and Space Science and Engineering department provides his expertise in a new article that looks at the fraught search for liquid water at the south pole of Mars.

You can read the article on the EOS website.


Lassonde students work with liberal arts counterparts to tackle big problems

February 17, 2022

Solar Floatie team members Theresa Nguyen, Jushwin Mahal and Sandra Younis hold their inflatable solar concentrator device in a laboratory.

York’s Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom initiative, an interdisciplinary program Lassonde takes part in, has been featured in a recent article. The program has engineering students and liberal arts students come together to tackle broad problems such as food insecurity.

You can read more on the National Observer or Toronto Star website.


Lassonde professors comment on cancellation of autonomous shuttle pilot project

February 2, 2022

Professors Sunil Bisnath, Geomatics Engineering, and Mehdi Nourinejad, Civil Engineering, recently weighed in on the cancellation of Toronto’s West Rouge autonomous shuttle project with City News Toronto and discussed how we could see gradual enhancements to transit vehicles in the future.

You can watch the interviews on CityNews.


Lassonde aerosol transmission expert featured in reports about combatting COVID-19

January 18, 2022

Various protective face masks used in medical settings

Professor Marina Freire-Gormaly from Lassonde’s Mechanical Engineering department explains the inadequacies of surgical cloth masks and talks about her research on particle movement in this article from Maclean’s.

Also, in a report from CityNews, she weighs in on how air filtrations systems are being used in Ontario schools.


Lassonde professor weighs in on calls for ramped up electric vehicle infrastructure

December 7, 2021

An electric vehicle is charged

Professor Hany Farag from Lassonde’s Civil Engineering department says the Ontario government’s move to build charging stations at all highway stops is a good one, but may not be enough.

Learn more about what he has to say in this report from CityNews.


Lassonde professor featured in article on how ‘sponge’ cities could mitigate flooding

November 29, 2021

Vehicles travel down city road in rain

Professor Usman Khan from Lassonde’s Civil Engineering department explains how the current way we build cities can lead to a backup of floodwater.

You can learn more about sponge cities in this report from Global News.


Lassonde joins multi-university initiative to boost academic diversity in engineering and technology spaces

November 16, 2021

Woman works on equations on white board.

The Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD project, which aims to support and build a network for Indigenous and Black graduate students, has expanded to include a total of 10 Canadian postsecondary institutions.

You can read more about the project in this article from the University of Waterloo.


Lassonde professor’s ocean research may provide insight into El Niño and La Niña

October 5, 2021

Pacific ocean

A study led by ESSE Professor, Neil Tandon, suggests that a conveyer-like motion of heat across the equator in the Pacific Ocean may influence what a specific El Niño or La Niña looks like.

You can read more about the study in this article from Eurasia Review.


Lassonde welcomes CWSF scholarship winners as school hosts STEM Entrepreneurship Experience

August 19, 2021

Delivered by the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST) program, the event was a four-day, intensive experience that gave 20 promising young minds a chance to hone their skills.

You can read all about it in this article from Youth Science Canada.


Lassonde planetary scientist puts Mars lake theory on ice with new study that offers alternate explanation

August 3, 2021

Image of mars

Research led by Isaac Smith of the Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering suggests that a substance other than water is under the planet’s south polar cap.

Read about the new study today in articles from ScienceDaily and Futurity.

Professor Smith’s research was also featured by NASA and Cornell, and in other prominent publications like Popular Science, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, Cosmos Magazine, India Today, SpaceRef, Space.com, CTV News, Forbes, The Planetary Society and CNN.


Lassonde Associate Dean discusses the implications of Richard Branson’s space flight in CTV News article

July 12, 2021

Richard Branson in space

Professor John Moores of the Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering weighs in on the future of space tourism after the billionaire entrepreneur’s historic trip.

You can read the article on the CTV News website


Space Engineering Professor Interviewed by NASA on mystery of methane detection on Mars

June 29, 2021

Mars curiosity rover

Professor John Moores spoke with the U.S. space agency in June as researchers try to determine what’s producing methane on the Red Planet.

You can read the article on the NASA News website


Space Engineering Professor Discusses NASA Rover Perseverance with Global News

February 17, 2021

Screenshot of John Moores on Global News

Professor John Moores talked to Global News about NASA’s rover, Perseverance, landing on Mars in February.

You can watch the interview on the Global News website


Mechanical Engineering Professor Talks Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19 and HVAC System Safety with CityNews and CTV

February 13, 2021

Screenshot of Marina Freire-Gormaly on CityNews

Professor Marina Freire-Gormaly spoke with the National CTV News Channel about Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19 and the importance of the HVAC system for the safety of the building occupants. She also spoke to CityNews about air quality at TCDSB Schools. 

You can watch the CTV News coverage on the York website

You can watch the CityNews coverage on the CityNews website.


Civil Engineering professor Interviewed on CTV for his Work on Physical Distancing

November 30, 2020

Screenshot of Peter Park on CTV

Peter Park, Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, was featured on CTV News for his latest work, which considers the implications of physical distancing requirements for pedestrians using urban sidewalks.  
 
Watch the full interview on CTV News.


Professor Mike Daly Featured in CBC Article as Lead Scientist on NASA Spacecraft

October 20, 2020

The asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will make history as it attempts its first collection of material from an asteroid to be returned to Earth in 2023. 
 
Lassonde Professor Mike Daly is OLA’S lead instrument scientist. Daly has been working on the instrument for 12 years and is very pleased with the amount of detail and precision it was able to provide. 

Read the full article on CBC.


ESSE Professor Interviewed on Cosmic Controversy Podcast About Space 

August 7, 2020

Isaac Smith

Ever wondered what Mars was like 3.5B years ago? Then you need to listen to Professor Isaac B. Smith on the Cosmic Controversy Podcast. His episode is titled, Why Mars Remains so Misunderstood.  
 
Listen to the podcast here


Research done by PhD student from the Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering featured in HuffPo Canada

May 22, 2020

Panoramic view of calm water of Windy Arm of Tagish Lake near Carcross, Yukon Territory, Canada, with surrounding mountains mirrored on lake surface

PhD student, Beth Lymer, from the Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering was recently featured in a video on Huffington Post’s twitter page. The video showcases how a Canadian Meteorite could teach us how life was created on earth. 
 
The Tagish Lake Meteorite is a 5-metre hunk of space debris and came from a 4.5 billion year-old asteroid. A team of researchers, including Beth Lymer have discovered minerals and chemical compounds within the meteorite dating to the start of the solar system, among other revelations.

Watch the full video here.


Professor Nima Tabatabaei Featured in CBC for his Cannabis Detection Research

May 17, 2020

Nima Tabatabaei

Professor Nima Tabatabaei was featured in Radio-Canada for developing a new device to detect the presence of cannabis in the body during roadside testing. 
 
The technology uses a laser and a small infrared camera which measures the level of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in one’s saliva. 
 
According to the engineers that worked on this project, the device will cut down on test result time down to less than ten minutes while providing more precise results. 
 
Read the full Radio-Canada article here.


Two Professors Featured in PEO’s Engineering Dimensions Magazine

March 30, 2020

Bergeron Centre

Lassonde’s own Professor Marina Freire-Gormaly from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Professor Hany Farag form the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science have both contributed to an article in Professional Engineers Ontario Magazine, Engineering Dimensions for the Spring issue, page 24. 
 
Read the full article here


Lassonde Supports Local High School Students in Robotics Canada Event 

February 27, 2020

3D printed robot arm with wires and control board.

In a unique collaboration to support Black youth in STEM, Lassonde has partnered with the African Canadian Christian Network (ACCN) to sponsored their robotics team, Umoja 7712. The Team is made up of high school students from the local Jane-Finch community and greater Toronto area.  

Fourth Year Mechanical Engineering student, Sara Kashanchi Langroudi, has been mentoring the students along with Faculty Director of York University’s First Robotics Competition, Professor Terry Sachlos. 
 
Check them out on CTV (at 42:48) and City News.


Professor Satinder Kaur Brar Featured on CBC Documentary The Nature of Things

January 31, 2020

Satinder Brar

Satinder Kaur Brar, an environmental engineer at the Lassonde School of Engineering wants to find out if the Alcanivorax borkumensis bacteria can clean up oil spills and contaminated soils.

Watch a sneak peek here.   


Lassonde Professor Quoted in News Article on Caledon Floods 

January 13, 2020

Flooding and Road Closed for Flooding Sign

Dr. Usman Khan, Civil Engineering Professor was interviewed by Caledon Enterprise on the ways natural green infrastructure can help prepare for floods in urban areas –  like downtown Bolton. 
 
Read the full article here.


Flood Expert Professor Usman Khan on CTV News 

November 28, 2019

Usman Khan

Professor Khan was on CTV discussing his AI/flood prediction research with Anchor/Reporter Angie Seth.  

Check out the video here.  


Vision Expert Professor John Tsotsos Featured on CTV News

November 5, 2019

Professor John Tsotsos

A team led by John Tsotsos, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Lassonde School of Engineering, found that the human brain does not select interesting portions of an image to process preferentially, as the highly influential 1958 theory of Donald Broadbent proposed. 
 
Watch the video here.

Read more here.


Senator Galvez and Dean Goodyer Discuss the Lack of Female Representation in STEM on CTV

October 28, 2019

Jane Goodyer

Dean Jane Goodyer alongside Senator Rosa Galvez were interviewed on CTV News on their efforts in getting girls into science and engineering fields.  
 
Watch the full interview here.


Professor Hany Farag Featured in The York University magazine Promoting Hydrogen Buses in Ontario

October 23, 2019

Hany Farag

Battery-powered electric buses have zoomed to the heart of the environmental zeitgeist as cities around the world hop on a technological development that looks to significantly reduce emissions levels by the 2030 deadline established by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

In hot pursuit to the finish is a comparatively new type of electric vehicle that researchers at York University claim is the next big thing in sustainable urban transportation systems.  
 
Read the full article here.


Professor Terry Sachlos Featured in Fall Issue of The York University Magazine for His Work in Stem Cell Research

October 23, 2019

Terry Sachlos

Stem Cells have the potential to treat many chronic and incurable diseases ranging from Leukemia to Multiple Sclerosis to Parkinson’s disease. But the lifetime of blood stem cells becomes very short when stored outside the human body, making life-saving transplants dangerous. 
 
In an effort to make treatments safer and reduce mortality rates of transplants, Dr. Sachlos is working on creating a 3D environment to prolong the lifespan of these cells, increasing the supply available for treatments. 
 
Read the York University Magazine article here.


Professor Franz Newland Interviewed on The Thoughtful TechnoSapien

September 9, 2019

Franz Newland

Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering, Franz Newland, was recently featured on The Thoughtful TechnoSapien radio show chatting about space science & satellite technology. 

Read more & listen here


One Step Closer to Solving the Methane Mystery on Mars

August 22, 2019

John Moores

Dr. John Moore’s study shows that the methane puffing from a huge crater on Mars could be a sign of life or other non-biological activity under the planet’s surface.

His research was featured in: Business StandardThe WeekMirageNewsweek and Phys.org 


Lassonde Student Featured on CBC Panel to Discuss Apollo 11 and its Impact on Pop Culture

July 20, 2019

Student Sogand Talebi

Lassonde’s own Space Engineering student Sogand Talebi was recently featured in a panel discussion on CBC The National in honour of Apollo 11 (the Moon Landing’s) 50th anniversary. 

Read more here.


Mechanical Engineering Student Featured on CTV

June 7, 2019

Jowana Burgan on CTV

Mechanical Engineering student Jowana Burgan was recently featured on CTV News for her efforts in helping empower women on the road.

Read more here.


Space Engineering Student Salutes the End of The Big Bang Theory on CBC’s the National

May 16, 2019

Student, Sogand Talebi, on CBC's The National

Space Engineering student Sogand Talebi was featured on CBC’s The National discussing the ways the quirky show allowed her to embrace her inner nerd.

Read more here.


Dev Degree Featured in The York University Magazine

March 12, 2019

Group of students and staff at the Dev Degree Announcement

The Dev Degree, a work-integrated learning experience offered by the Lassonde School of Engineering and Shopify, was featured in the Winter 2019 issue of The York University Magazine.

Read the article here.