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



A Reluctant Hero

Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor, Garrett Melenka, poses with the Grade 11 students he hosted in the Summer 2018 Semester.

I think they are fans!

York team in Canadian Engineering Education Conference

The Lassonde School of Engineering had a great contingent from the at the conference, exchanging engineering education research and practices with our colleagues across Canada

Masters student wins top prize for paper at CSME Congress

Lassonde Mechanical Engineering Masters Student Diego de Moraes, who is completing his studies under the supervision of Dr. Aleksander Czekanski, won the 3rd place in CSME Student Best Paper Competition that took place during the 2018 CSME International Congress at the Bergeron Centre last month.
His project is on computational modeling of metal additive manufacturing processes.  The title of his paper is “The Influence of Power Size and Packing Density on the Temperature Distribution in Selective Laser Melting.”
His paper was selected from over 100 papers by other researchers, of which only 10 were presented at the CSME congress.

Lassonde Graduate Studies Open House

Lassonde will be hosting an open house event on November 30, 2017 to share information about our graduate studies.  You can register here.


Congratulations Professors Amirfazli and O’Brien

Professors at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering have been awarded more than $2.2 million in Discovery Grants from the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The funds will help the researchers to further the knowledge of their respective fields for a period of five years.

In the 2017 competition, 100 per cent of the Lassonde professors who applied for a renewal and 80 per cent of the first-time applicants were successful. Recipients of the Discovery Grants are:


Alidad Amirfazli – Alidad Amirfazli, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is pursuing a research program titled “Fundamentals and Applications of Liquid Drop Interactions with Complex Surfaces” for which he has been granted $350,000.

Paul O’Brien – Paul O’Brien, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is developing transparent, selectively permeable heat mirrors for which he has been granted $120,000.

These grants – based on recommendations from peer review committees containing world experts in each of 12 science and engineering fields – typically last for five years. The NSERC Discovery Grants program is very highly valued within the Canadian research community.

NSERC provides the core funding and freedom so Canada’s best researchers can pursue their most promising ideas and breakthrough discoveries – world‑firsts in knowledge.

For the entire list of successful Lassondians, and to read the entire announcement, visit the following link.