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Stanford University lists the world’s top 2% researchers, recognizing 25 Lassonde faculty members

Each year, Stanford University publishes lists of the world’s top 2% researchers – and this year, 25 faculty members at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering were recognized.

Stanford University statistician, John Ioannidis, formulates the lists based on key citation metrics to establish comprehensive databases of the world’s top-cited researchers. Separate lists are generated focusing on two different citation achievements: career-long, which considers historical citation data, and single-year, which acknowledges citations received within the calendar year.

Of the 25 Lassonde researchers on this year’s lists, three were honoured for single-year citations, six were acknowledged for career-long achievements and 16 received recognition for both single-year and career-long citations.

Researchers were also classified into groups based on their contributions to 22 scientific fields and 174 subfields. As a reflection of the School’s multidisciplinary expertise and impact, Lassonde faculty aligned with 32% of the scientific fields including: Public Health & Health Services, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Enabling & Strategic Technologies, Physics & Astronomy, Information & Communication Technology, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, and of course – Engineering.

In addition, Lassonde researchers were acknowledged for their contributions to 14 subfields: Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Image Processing, Networking & Telecommunications, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Aerospace & Aeronautics, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Energy, Meteorology & Atmospheric Science, Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, Human Factors, Chemical Physics, Industrial Engineering & Automation, Civil Engineering and Polymers.

AI & Image Processing was the most represented subfield among Lassonde researchers, with more than 30% of faculty receiving recognition for their work in this area. This subfield was also the most-cited across the entire list of the world’s top 2% researchers – demonstrating almost 400,000 citations! These impressive results validate Lassonde’s position at the forefront of innovation, as the School’s talented researchers contribute to this trending field.

For researchers, acknowledgement on these lists represents much more than a large citation count; it demonstrates the impact they have made on their respective fields. In addition, thanks to their highly cited work, faculty members gain international recognition, helping inspire future innovative projects, disseminate knowledge and cultivate meaningful partnerships with like-minded researchers.

Learn more about the Lassonde faculty members who were acknowledged, their most-cited subfields of research and citation achievements.

Mechanical Engineering Department

  • Alidad Amirfazli – Chemical Physics (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • Dan Zhang – Industrial Engineering & Automation (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • George Zhu – Aerospace & Aeronautics (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • Siu Ning Leung – Polymers (single-year recognition)

Civil Engineering Department

Earth & Space Science & Engineering Department

  • Jinjun Shan – Aerospace & Aeronautics (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • Gordon Shepherd – Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences (career-long recognition)
  • Peter Taylor – Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences (career-long recognition)

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department

  • Gene Cheung – AI & Image Processing (career-long recognition)
  • Marin Litoiu – AI & Image Processing (career-long recognition)
  • James Elder – AI & Image Processing (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • Aijun An – AI & Image Processing (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • Hui Jiang – Speech-language Pathology & Audiology (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • Marcus Brubaker – AI & Image Processing (single-year recognition)
  • Richard Wildes – AI & Image Processing (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • Michael Brown – AI & Image Processing (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • John Tsotsos – AI & Image Processing (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • Hina Tabassum – Networking & Telecommunications (single-year recognition)
  • Andrew Eckford – Networking & Telecommunications (career-long recognition)
  • Amir Sodogar – Electrical & Electronic Engineering (career-long recognition)
  • Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh – Electrical & Electronic Engineering (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • Afshin Rezaei-Zare – Energy (career-long and single-year recognition)
  • MacKenzie Scott – Human Factors (career-long and single-year recognition)

Congratulations to the Lassonde researchers recognized on Stanford University’s lists of the world’s top 2% researchers!