Start-up focused on supporting Indigenous artisans wins pitch competition & coveted spot in BESTLab

In early April, five groups of students from the Lassonde School of Engineering, Schulich School of Business and the Faculty of Health at York University pitched their business ideas as part of the BEST Certificate’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Ventures course (ENTR 4500). The groups were SleepPODzzz, Team Outfyts, Team PestTech, Team Cannabliss Spa and Team Heritude.

Each group presented their diverse ideas to a panel of judges who later had a hard time picking a winner as all teams made great cases for their proposals.

In the end, team Heritude, which included Sebastian Shanthirajah, Utkarsh Pandy, Lyssete Bueno Murga, Tran Phuong and Emma Zacharias came out on top, winning $500 and spot in the BEST Lab to work with Dr. Andrew Maxwell to turn their idea into a viable start-up.

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👏Professor Hossam Sadek was recently awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor


Professor Hossam Sadek was recently awarded Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, effective July 1, 2020.

Your commitment to the Department and engagement in enhancing the student learning experience have not gone unnoticed.

We are glad to have you on our team!

Mechanical Engineering Professors who received the 2020 Lassonde Innovation Fund

Congratulations to the following Mechanical Engineering Professors who successfully received the 2020 Lassonde Innovation Fund!

Ronald Hanson for Aerodynamic Characterization of Microplastics. Abstract: Sampling in remote regions, such as the Arctic, suggests that that Microplastic (MP) pollution, thought to originate in industrialized locations is transported by the atmosphere. Physical experiments will be performed to quantify the aerodynamic mechanisms that may enable small plastic particles to be transported long distances by the atmosphere. The results of this research will support emerging directions in atmospheric modelling of MPs to better inform environmental-based policy and identify potential pollution sources to remote locations.

Terry Sachlos for identifying new anti-cancer uses from old drugs using high throughput screening. The LIF award will contribute to establishment of an Automated Drug Screening Facility at Lassonde and YorkU and development of a 3D cancer stem cell screening assay for cancer drug discovery.  The award will be used to purchase FDA-approved, off-patent chemical libraries with total of 2,800 bioactive drugs to test for novel anti-cancer agents.  The multi-disciplinary collaborative team include researchers from Lassonde, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Health and Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Congratulations to Alex Czekanski who was the winner of the 2020 Lassonde Innovation Award – Established Researcher. This award recognizes our international leaders at Lassonde and your successful nomination is clearly a reflection of your outstanding achievements and dedication to excellence in research.

Lassonde Professor Creates Low-Cost Face Shield to Combat PPE Shortage

Professor & Mechanical Engineering Department Interim Chair, Alidad Amirfazli, is working on a low-cost, face shield design that may help to offset the PPE shortage for frontline COVID-19 workers.

Unlike others, who have used 3D printing to make face shields, which takes a couple of hours, Alidad has designed and built a face shield with wire frame work that can be made in the matter of minutes at minimal cost. This way, 3D printers can be freed for doing more sophisticated manufacture jobs, such as ventilators.

He has connected with some hospitals to see if they would be interested.

His full presentation on the design: Low_cost_fast_Shield_v2b.pdf

Lassonde Professors Interviewed in Engineering Dimensions (magazine issue: March/April 2020)

Lassonde Full Story | Mar 30, 2020

NOV 26 – Chen Gao – MECH Research Seminar Series

Chen Gao is currently working as a control system engineer in Honeywell Aerospace. She received her PhD in Aerospace Engineering from University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies in 2014. Her research interests focus on path planning, autonomous UAV systems, state estimation, and robotics.

Autonomous soaring surveillance in wind fields with an unmanned aerial vehicle

Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) play an active role in developing low-cost autonomous platforms. The success of the applications needs to address the challenge of the short endurance of UAVs. Inspired by nature where birds utilize various wind patterns to stay airborne without flapping their wings, designing an autonomous soaring UAV, which can utilize its surrounding wind patterns to wisely decide the most energy-efficient path during its mission, is an interesting topic and a practical concern in real world applications.

An integration of soaring and a large-scale surveillance mission is considered in this presentation. The static and dynamic soaring and associated surveillance strategies will be introduced for different application scenarios. The bird-mimicking soaring maneuver is designed for UAVs to not only improve flight endurance by extracting energy from surrounding wind environment, but also finish the designated surveillance task and provide the dynamic surrounding wind map to allow future soaring flight.

Keywords: UAV, autonomous soaring, surveillance, dynamic wind map, energy-efficient, path planning, nonlinear controller design.

See poster here