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Our Mission

It is our mission to train the next generations of broad-minded engineers capable of adapting to the diverse and ever-changing needs of society; to advance the underlying science and engineering principles enabling innovation and to guide innovation through our research.

At the Mechanical Engineering Department in the Lassonde School of Engineering, we believe in a hands-on approach to research and an active approach to teaching and learning. This vision is closely aligned with the motto of York University: Tentanda via – the way must be tried.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering is the youngest mechanical engineering department in Canada. It was launched in 2013, accepted the first enrolment of students in 2014, and it was successfully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board in 2018. This provides us with a great opportunity to shape an innovative mechanical engineering department to train the engineers of the future.

Our professors have studied at the best universities across Canada and worldwide. They are active researchers with a social conscience and a sense of global citizenship. Their research programs are cutting-edge with a stunning diversity and scope in the field of mechanical engineering. Currently, there are 17 professors in the department with research interests ranging from nanotechnology to spacecraft technology. Our focus in research is in thermal sciences, energy, transportation technologies, automation and advanced robotics, fluid and colloidal systems, special emphasis on advanced materials and manufacturing, surface engineering, optomechanical systems and diagnostics, biosystems and bio-sensors, biomechanics and exoskeleton technologies. The solid mechanics, design, and dynamics, together with system level design and optimization are other areas of research focus. The department enjoys the reputation of research excellence in the fields of microfluidics and thermal science, advanced robotics, and space technology. The department’s first student design and built CubeSat was launched in 2019 to demonstrate space debris removal by electrodynamic tether technology.

Julia DeLongis

Fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student

“I chose to participate in the research program this summer because I wanted to learn more about water filtration systems and the new advancements that could increase clean water accessibility.

Through the program and with the assistance of my supervisor, Dr. Jian, I developed my technical knowledge and critical thinking skills resulting in positive contributions in my research.”