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Lassonde researchers receive $6.5-million in funding from the Ontario Government


Professors at the Lassonde School of Engineering today received $6.5-million in research funding from the province.

This was part of a $9-million funding package unveiled this afternoon by Hon. Mario Sergio MPP at York University on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the majority of which was awarded to Lassonde research teams.

Nick Cercone, professor in the Lassonde School of Engineering, and colleagues has been awarded more than $3.5 million in funding for Big Data Research, Analytics and Information Network (BRAIN) Alliance from the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence Funding.

The multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, multi-sector BRAIN Alliance will create new access to resources and expertise to analyze, optimize and visualize data, creating new products and tools that leverage data effectively as an asset. BRAIN will enhance Ontario industry efforts by engaging researchers/students to solve challenging problems, otherwise overlooked due to a lack of resources.

Professor Michael Daly (above), Professor Tom McElroy and Professor Regina Lee all received funding from the Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure that provides research institutions with funding to help support infrastructure needs, such as modern facilities and equipment.

Michael Daly, York Research Chair in Planetary Science and a professor in the Lassonde School of Engineering, and the team he leads will receive more than $1.3 million in funding to build a Canadian Planetary Simulator (CAPS) facility. The project will empower innovative research on planetary surface environments – including extreme terrestrial environments. The inclusion of state-of-the-art instruments will enable multi-disciplinary investigations, new instrumentation techniques and the training of Highly Qualified Personnel in the analytical sciences.

Tom McElroy, NSERC/ABB/CSA industrial research chair in Atmospheric Remote Sounding in the Lassonde School of Engineering, and Regina Lee, chair of the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering in the Lassonde School of Engineering and co-principal investigator on the project, and the team they lead will receive more than $1.69 million in funding to build the Suborbital Payload Research Centre. Intended to centralize Canada’s atmospheric and Earth-surface research programs, the proposed state-of-the-art research facility will rely on the demonstrated capability of the science and engineering team to design, build, characterize and operate instruments and payloads for sub-orbital missions for environmental monitoring.

In addition, Gunho Sohn, associate professor in the Lassonde School of Engineering, is part of a team led by Jianhong Wu from Faculty of Science that will receive $1.45 million for the Advanced Disaster Emergency, Rapid Response Simulation (ADERSIM) Program.


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