Lassonde Professor plays key role in NASA’s asteroid retrieval mission
September 14, 2023
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
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
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.
Lassonde Professor Mike Daly led a team that helped guide OSIRIS-REx to its destination.
July 29, 2023
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, Vancouver is Awesome, Yahoo! Canada, 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 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.
Lassonde Professor Usman Khan joins Global News to discuss historic Toronto flood in 2013
July 7, 2023
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
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
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.
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
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.
Lassonde’s SARIT project featured on Breakfast Television
April 20, 2023
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
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
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
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
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
Professor John Moores comments on Mars rover getting hit by a 387-foot dust devil
December 14, 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Voltera Launches World’s First Printer for Soft, Stretchable Electronics
October 6, 2022
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
Professor Mike Daly comments on NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)
September 26, 2022
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
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.
“Spiteful” Behaviour Identified in Bacteria
July 29, 2022
York University working with employers to future-proof graduates entering workforce
July 27, 2022
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
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
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 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.
Five Minutes With Jane Goodyear
April 19, 2022
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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, 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
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
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
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
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
Professor Mike Daly Featured in CBC Article as Lead Scientist on NASA Spacecraft
October 20, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lassonde Student Featured on CBC Panel to Discuss Apollo 11 and its Impact on Pop Culture
July 20, 2019
Mechanical Engineering Student Featured on CTV
June 7, 2019
Space Engineering Student Salutes the End of The Big Bang Theory on CBC’s the National
May 16, 2019
Dev Degree Featured in The York University Magazine
March 12, 2019
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.