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Professor Usman Khan discusses flood risk on CBC Radio One

July 18, 2024

Professor Usman Khan

Professor Usman Khan was featured on CBC Radio One, discussing flooded roads and subway stations, as well as widespread power outages across Toronto. He spoke about the urgent need to improve the city’s infrastructure and develop solutions to mitigate the effects of severe weather events caused by climate change.

Professor Isaac Smith and Lassonde students interview with CBC

July 15, 2024

Professor Isaac Smith recently convened and organized the Eighth International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration. Taking place in Whitehorse, Yukon, the event promoted knowledge and idea exchange related to climate science of Mars. The successful conference garnered attention from CBC, resulting in two interviews: one with Professor Smith and another with Lassonde students.

Professor Afshin Rezaei-Zare featured on CBC Radio

May 22, 2024

Professor Afshin Rezaei-Zare

Professor Afshin Rezaei-Zare from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department was recently interviewed on CBC radio. During the interview, he spoke about the negative effects of geomagnetic disturbances on technology and infrastructure, and the ways in which his $1.65M-funded interdisciplinary research program aims to help address this.

Read more on CBC Radio.

Professor Satinder K Brar featured on CTV News, CBC Radio and Radio-Canada

April 20, 2024

Dr Satinder Brar outside of Bergeron Centre

Professor Satinder Kaur Brar has recently been interviewed about toxic forever chemicals on CTV News. She was also interviewed on CBC Radio News: Le Matin du Nord concerning biopesticides and biosolids use in agriculture (French). Additionally, Professor Brar appeared on Dans la mosaïque à Radio-Canada Toronto (French) and Newstalk 1010.

Lassonde’s SARIT electric vehicles featured in Toronto Sun and BlogTO

April 11, 2024

A photo of Sarit Vehicle outside of Bergeron

Numerous news outlets have highlighted a partnership between Lassonde’s SARIT (Safe, Affordable, Reliable, Innovative Transit) and Toronto’s Exhibition Place, where the vehicles will be operating as part of a “living lab”. The SARIT will assist facilities and operations teams in navigating the indoor and outdoor grounds more efficiently. This collaboration contributes to the Exhibition Place’s efforts to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2030.

Read more on Toronto Sun and BlogTO.

Lassonde Professors Robert Allison and Michael Jenkin mentioned in an interview with Mirage News

March 26, 2024

Prof Robert Allison and Prof Michael Jenkin

Lassonde Professors Robert Allison and Michael Jenkin are mentioned in an interview by Professor Laurence Harris with Mirage News. In the interview, Professor Harris discusses their collaboration on studying astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Read more on Mirage News.

Lassonde’s k2i academy featured on TDSB news

March 25, 2024

Headshot of Lisa Cole

The k2i academy was featured in a recent news story on TDSB about a conference where 200 young women took part in a design challenge led by the k2i academy.

Read more on TDSB News.

Lassonde Professor Isaac Smith shares his expertise on Mars water ice on

March 24, 2024

Isaac Smith

Professor Isaac Smith, from the Earth and Space Science and Engineering department was recently interviewed by During the interview, he highlighted the challenges of drilling into water ice on Mars, especially in extremely cold conditions.


Lassonde Professor Neil Tandon Interviewed about Arctic Sea Ice on CBC Segments

March 6, 2024

Neil Tandon

Lassonde Professor Neil Tandon, from the Earth and Space Science and Engineering department, was recently featured in interviews with the CBC Northbeat and The Trailbreaker. During the segments, he discussed the findings of his recently published research paper, which explores the dynamics of the Arctic sea ice movements and their potential impact on the environment for the future. Professor Tandon’s work was also recently featured in SciTechDaily.

Watch interviews on CBC Northbeat and The Trailbreaker.

President Rhonda Lenton highlights Lassonde in CBC Metro Morning interview

February 8, 2024

York University Lassonde Bergeron Centre, exterior, summer morning view, clear sky

York University President and Vice-chancellor Rhonda Lenton was recently interviewed by CBC Metro Morning. During the discussion, she highlights the launch of Lassonde’s first-year engineering program at the Markham Campus, emphasizing its alignment with the university’s vision to thrive as a leader in technologies.

Listen on CBC Metro Morning.

Lassonde Professor James Smith Interviewed about HEPA filters in school on TVO Today

January 31, 2024

Headshot of James Smith

Lassonde Professor James Smith, from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, was recently interviewed by TVO Today about the effectiveness of HEPA filters in schools, emphasizing the importance of proper usage and handling for optimal results.

Read more on TVO Today.

Lassonde Professor Satinder Kaur Brar Discusses Nanoplastics in a CTV News segment

January 9, 2024

Dr Satinder Brar outside of Bergeron Centre

Lassonde Professor Satinder Kaur Brar, from the Civil Engineering department, was recently featured in an interview with CTV News, discussing the presence of nanoplastics in bottled water. During the interview, she provides insights on the potential health implications associated with nanoplastics.

Watch interview on CTV News.

Lassonde’s Pioneering Digital Technologies Program Featured in University Affairs

December 1, 2023

Dean Jane Goodyer with Digital Technologies students

University Affairs spotlights our fully work-integrated degree program in Digital Technologies, a first for Canada. The article features an interview with Lassonde’s Associate Dean Academic and Students, Richard Hornsey, and underscores the advantages of this learning model, including increased access for underrepresented groups and benefits for Canada’s tech sector.

Read more on University Affairs.

Professor Hadi Hemmati featured as a co-author in The Conversation

November 21, 2023

Hadi Hemmati

Lassonde Professor Hadi Hemmati has co-authored an article in The Conversation, titled “Why student experiments with Generative AI matter for our collective learning”. The article discusses the importance of Generative AI in addressing humanity’s greatest challenges, emphasizing that efforts should not be confined to specialized researchers or AI companies but should encompass broader participation.

Read more on The Conversation.

Lassonde professors’ collaboration on the Safe Water Optimization Tool (SWOT) recognized internationally

November 20, 2023

humanitarian water crisis

The Safe Water Optimization Tool (SWOT) is an innovative technology used to deliver safe water in crisis zones. UK-based ELRHA/HIF featured SWOT as a case study, highlighting it as a successful example of humanitarian innovation. Its success was further emphasized in the UK government’s latest white paper on international development assistance. Among the key collaborators instrumental to SWOT’s development are Adjunct Professor Syed Imran Ali and Civil Engineering Chair and Associate Professor, Usman Khan.

Read more on ELRHA and UK government website.

Lassonde Adjunct Professor Syed Imran Ali interviewed on NPR and The Washington Post

November 17, 2023

Syed Imran Ali

Adjunct Professor Syed Imran Ali shares his expertise as a humanitarian engineering researcher in an interview with The Washington Post and NPR’s current affairs radio program, The World. In this interview, he discusses the health and humanitarian consequences of the water crisis in Gaza.

Listen on The Washington Post or The World.

Professor John Moores’ editorial featured in The Canadian Science Policy Magazine

November 16, 2023

Headshot of John Moores

Lassonde Professor John Moores, who is also the Science Advisor to the President of the Canadian Space Agency, recently published an editorial in The Canadian Science Policy Magazine. His piece delves into the government’s evolving role in space during a period of transformation, emphasizing the significance of Earth Observation (EO) operations for scientific progress.

Read more on The Canadian Science Policy Magazine.

Professor Pirathayini Srikantha featured on Canada Foundation for Innovation’s ‘10,000 Ways’ podcast

November 12, 2023

Headshot of Pirathayini Srikantha

Lassonde Professor Pirathayini Srikantha is featured in the latest episode of Canada Foundation for Innovation’s 10,000 Ways podcast. She discusses the challenges facing Canada’s power grid, including aging infrastructure and cyber threats, and outlines ways we can address these threats.

Listen now on Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Professor John Lam interviewed in Greenhouse Canada magazine

November 2, 2023

John Lam headshot

Lassonde Professor John Lam shares valuable insights into the sustainable future of energy conversion and efficiency in Greenhouse Canada Magazine. In this article, Professor Lam delves into the innovative adaptive SiC-based power electronic interface developed in his research lab, showcasing its role in advancing power efficiency.

Read more on Greenhouse Canada Magazine.

Professor Magdalena Krol featured in Canadian Geotechnique Magazine

October 17, 2023

Headshot of Magdalena Krol

Lassonde Professor Magdalena Krol was featured among the 17 distinguished female academics in geotechnical fields at Canadian universities in Canadian Geotechnique Magazine. In her interview, she provides insights into her career journey and shares her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated profession.

Read more on Canadian Geotechnique Magazine.

Lassonde Professor Mehdi Nourinejad discusses business impact and changes for parking in Toronto

October 11, 2023

Mehdi Nourinejad

Lassonde School of Engineering Assistant Professor, Mehdi Nourinejad, was recently featured on iHeartRADIO Newstalk 1010, where he discussed the positive impact of Toronto’s affordable and plentiful parking on businesses. However, he also highlighted that this situation may soon undergo a change.

Listen on iHeartRADIO.

Lassonde Professor discusses “sponge cities” in Maclean’s and CTV News

September 29, 2023

Professor Usman T Khan

Lassonde Professor Usman Khan discusses “sponge cities” as a solution, shifting from water-resistant urban designs to water-absorbing approaches. The article and video highlighted successful sponge city projects in various cities and their associated benefits while also addressing the challenges, such as cost and awareness, hindering the widespread adoption of this infrastructure.

Read more on Maclean’s, watch on CTV News or listen on 980 CKNW.

Lassonde Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Davoodi featured in Water Canada Magazine

September 2023

Soil and water pollution

The latest edition of Water Canada magazine features a story from Dr. Davoodi, a postdoctoral fellow at Lassonde working as part of York University’s Inzymes team, led by Professor Satinder Kaur Brar. In this story he highlights a new approach to bioremediation: Enzyme Booster Technology (EnBooT), a green and cost-effective way to combat soil contamination.

Read more on Water Canada Magazine.

Lassonde Professor Mike Daly discusses impact of the OSIRIS-REx Mission

September 24, 2023

Headshot of Michael Daly

Lassonde Professor Mike Daly is quoted in several news outlets about the OSIRIS-Rex mission and asteroid sample that landed on Earth on Sunday, September 24. Professor Daly was the lead scientist on the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA), the Canadian technology that allowed NASA to measure the shape of asteroid Bennu at high spatial resolution, providing insights into the geology, origin and evolution of the asteroid.

Read more on CBC News, iHeartRadio, CTV News, Global News, The Globe & Mail, and The Government of Canada.

Lassonde Professor plays key role in NASA’s asteroid retrieval mission

September 14, 2023

Headshot of Professor John Moores and Mike Daly

Professor Mike Daly discusses the OSIRIS-REx mission, the role Canada played and more in this CTV News interview. Lassonde professor John Moores is also quoted in his role as Science Advisor to the President of the Canadian Space Agency.

Read more on CTV News.

Student Mitchell Clapperton has won a $120,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship

September 11, 2023

Mitchell Clappteron

Waterdown’s Mitchell Clapperton has won a $120,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. Clapperton is one of 100 students to receive the award — out of 1,400 nominees and 350,000 potential candidates across Canada. The Schulich Leader Scholarship is Canada’s largest for undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, charisma and creativity, as well as financial need.

Read more on The Spec.

Lassonde Professor Usman Khan discusses flooding and ‘sponge cities’ with CBC news

August 14, 2023

Professor Usman T Khan

With extreme weather events becoming more common, Professor Usman Khan, from Lassonde’s Civil Engineering department discussed the importance of introducing green areas like green roofs, rain gardens and vegetated swales to act as ‘sponges’ during flood events.

Read more on CBC news. This story also appeared on The Energy Mix.

Lassonde Professor Mike Daly led a team that helped guide OSIRIS-REx to its destination.

July 29, 2023

Headshot of Michael Daly

Professor Mike Daly, from York University’s Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science, played a significant role in the OSIRIS-REx mission. He led the team that designed the lasers, which guided OSIRIS-REx to its destination and produced a highly detailed relief map of the asteroid Bennu accurate to within a couple of centimetres of height.

Read more on CP24, Toronto Sun, City News, National Post, The Globe and Mail, CTV News, Castanet, The Montreal Gazette, Edmonton Journal, The Times Colonist, Richmond News, Ottawa Citizen and 90 other publications.

Lassonde Professor Haley Sapers travels to Nunavut to study the possibility of life on Mars

July 13, 2023

Professor Haley Sapers

Professor Haley Sapers along with graduate student Elisa Dong, are currently stationed at the McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) on Axel Heiberg Island in Nunavut’s Qikiqtaaluk Region. The researchers arrived there on July 4 and will be departing on July 19, are specifically studying the “tantalizing signature” of methane gas, which could give clues to the potential presence of microbial life on Mars.

Read more on YFile, CP24, The Globe and Mail and CTV News. Sapers also appeared in a recent interview with CTV News Video.

Lassonde Professor Usman Khan joins Global News to discuss historic Toronto flood in 2013

July 7, 2023

Professor Usman T Khan

July 8, 2023 marks the ten years since the historic Toronto Flooding of 2013. Lassonde Professor Usman Khan was invited by Global News to discuss whether the city is better prepared for extreme weather events now.

Watch on Global News.

Lassonde Professor James Smith quoted in an article about air quality

June 26, 2023

Headshot of James Smith

As wildfires increase in Canada again, Ontario and Quebec have received dangerous air quality warnings. Professor James Smith shares his insight on how masks and respirators can protect from wildfire smoke. 

Read more on Toronto Star.

ESSENCE Cubesat featured in NASA phone conference on SpaceX CRS-28 Space Station Mission

May 30, 2023

Headshot of Professor George Zhu

NASA discusses scientific payloads of Canadian CubeSats, including the ESSENCE Cubesat which was designed and built in Lassonde Professor, George Zhu’s Lab. Equipped with a wide-angle camera, ESSENCE Cubesat will observe thawing of Arctic ice and permafrost to monitor Earth’s climate. 

Read more on NASA and watch phone conference on Youtube.

Lassonde satellite – ESSENCE Cubesat will launch with SpaceX-28 Commercial Resupply Mission

May 5, 2023


The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is targeted to launch on June 3rd, 2023. SpaceX’s Dragon will deliver new science investigations, food, supplies, and equipment for the international crew, including Lassonde’s satellite that will observe snow and ice coverage in northern Canada.

Read more on NASA.

Lassonde Professor featured in news article on Mars ice deposits

May 3, 2023

Isaac Smith

The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE camera) aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter imaged boulder-size blocks of water ice around the rim of a meteoroid impact crater on Mars. Lassonde Professor Isaac Smith shares his insights on Mars ice deposits.

Read more on Space.

Lassonde’s SARIT project featured on Breakfast Television

April 20, 2023

A photo of Sarit Vehicle outside of Bergeron

Breakfast Television’s Frankie was joined by York University’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Mike Layton, to discuss sustainability on campus and beyond and the new SARIT vehicle

Watch clip on Breakfast Television.

Most UP Express train cars ‘condemned’ after thermal cracks found in brake discs: union

February 10, 2023

UP express train passing a GO train on the railways

Most of the fleet servicing the UP Express has been removed from operation after thermal cracks were discovered in the vehicle brake discs. The trains taken out of service have been described by the union and sources familiar with the situation as “condemned”. Lassonde Assistant Professor Solomon Boakye-Yiadom of the Mechanical Engineering department shares his insights.

Read more on CTV News.

Wind Could Power Future Settlements on Mars

February 9, 2023

Image of mars

Using a sophisticated global climate model adapted to Mars, space scientists explore the hidden potential of wind energy on the Red Planet. Lassonde Professor Isaac Smith of the Earth and Space Science and Engineering department shares his insights.

Read more on EOS.

Lassonde recognized as Canadian leader in telecommunications engineering

February 9, 2023

abstract concept of blockchain technology IT

York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering has earned recognition as one of the top Canadian institutions in the field of telecommunications engineering.

Read more on Education News Canada.

The Best Aerospace Engineering Schools in Canada 2023

January 31, 2023

Aerospace Engineer at a aerospace plant

Lassonde School of Engineering has been named one of the best Aerospace Engineering Schools in Canada for 2023. Aerospace engineering deals with the design, development testing and manufacturing of aircraft, spacecraft and more.

Read more on University Magazine.

Op-Ed from Dean Jane Goodyer: How Lassonde Is Using Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Programs

January 18, 2023

Dean Jane Goodyer

In this op-ed by Dean Jane Goodyear, discover how Lassonde is breaking the boundaries between education and industry, revolutionizing how we learn and work with the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Technologies (BASc) program.

Read it on Research Money and

Professor John Moores comments on Mars rover getting hit by a 387-foot dust devil

December 14, 2022

A photo of a rover on Mars

Scientists have seen plenty of dust devils on Mars, and now, for the first time, they’ve heard one as the vortex made a direct hit on NASA’s Perseverance rover. Lassonde Prof John Moores comments.

Read more on the Washington Post.

Lassonde professor George Zhu and the Lassonde Essence CubeSat team are sending a mini-satellite into space

December 8, 2022

George Zhu

Mechanical engineering professor George Zhu was interviewed by CBC, talking about the upcoming mini-satellite launch by Lassonde’s ESSENCE CubeSat team.

Watch the segment on CBC Toronto @48.45

Dr. James Smith interviewed by CBC Radio

December 2, 2022

Headshot of James Smith

Dr. James Smith spoke with CBC radio about the new francophone high school in Toronto’s east end and how the school board, CS Viamonde, may be repeating an earlier mistake they made in the design of the first francophone high school in downtown Toronto, Collège Français.

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

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 on 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

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 on The Hill Times, YorkLink, and QUOI Media.

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 on 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 on The Toronto Star, The St. Catherines Standard, The Peterborough Examiner and QUOI Media

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 and

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 on The Toronto Star the St. Catherines Standard, The Hill Times, The Welland Tribune, The Peterborough Examiner,, and The Hamilton Spectator.

“Spiteful” Behaviour 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,, and

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 on 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 more on 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

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, Vimeo, 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 more 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 combating 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 conveyor-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,, 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 HuffPost 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.

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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 

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.

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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.