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NSERC Discovery Grant Results

This summer has started off strong for researchers at Lassonde.

NSERC Discovery Grant results were released on May 21, with the School receiving a total of 18 DG grants at a 78% success rate, totalling $2.8M. While York University earned a success rate of 70%, Lassonde researchers were the only two successful recipients of the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Awards (DAS). Congratulations to DAS recipients Professor Aijun An and Associate Professor Gene Cheung, both from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant program supports ongoing programs of research with long-term goals rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects, recognizing the creativity and innovation at the heart of all research advances.

Below is a list of the successful applicants per department with the title of their research program. Special congratulations to the new faculty members who succeeded as first-time applicants.

Earth & Space Science & Engineering

• Regina Lee, Nanosatellite Technologies for Space Resiliency
• John Moores, Investigating Atmospheric Volatiles on Planets in our Solar System and Beyond
• Ryan Orszulik, Mesoscale Piezoelectrically Driven Mechanisms – Design, Modeling, Fabrication, and Control
• Isaac Smith, Cryospheres throughout the Solar System

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science 

• Aijun An, Adaptive Online Mining of Big Data Streams
• Gene Cheung, Graph Spectral Imaging: Sampling, Representation and Restoration
• Jeffrey Edmonds, Branching Program Lower Bounds
• Jaroslaw Gryz, Database System Support for Data Visualization
• Sebastian Magierowski, Biomolecular-Semiconductor Information Microsystems
• Franck van Breugel, Generating and Checking Probabilistic Models
• Ping Wang, Optimal resource management in mobile communication networks for energy efficiency
• Hina Tabassum, Massive, Heterogeneous, and User Centric Wireless Networks: Modeling and Optimization

Department of Civil Engineering 

• Rashid Bashir, Flow and transport in the vadose zone: Soil atmosphere boundary and capillarity effects
• Liam Butler, Smart Approaches for Enhancing, Renewing and Recycling Concrete Structures
• Ioannis Tsanis, Climate Change Impact on Water Resources and Adaptation to Climate Extremes

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

• Thomas Cooper, Photothermal materials for efficient solar thermal production of heat, electricity, and fuels
• Reza Rizvi, Scalable nanomanufacturing of 2D layered materials and their integration into nano-enabled systems
• Eleftherios (Terry) Sachlos, 3D Niche Engineering for Regulation of Stem Cell Fate Decisions

Congratulations to all the researchers and special thanks to our Research team for managing the application process.