Congratulations Class of 2020: graduation message from Department Chair Alidad Amirfazli

This academic year’s ending was unique in many ways due to the pandemic… it was surprising, hard, and special as it made us think of new ways of doing things….. As I reflect, I find that this is the life in front of you…. sometimes hard… sometimes surprising, but if you focus on what possibilities it can bring to you… your life will be full of positive promises and enjoyable as you will always find new ways of pushing ahead and making the best of your situation for yourself, your communities and humanity in general.

Go out there and make the world a better place as I am sure you will!

With best wishes for all of you the Class of 2020 Mechanical Engineering at Lassonde,

—Alidad Amirfazli, PhD, PEng
Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering,

Professor Roger Kempers awarded an NSERC Alliance grant

Professor Roger Kempers was awarded an NSERC Alliance grant entitled “Characterization and Optimization of Heat Transfer from GRIP Metal Enhanced Surfaces”. The project is in partnership with NUCAP Industries and is valued at $60k.

Project Summary:
NUCAP Industries has developed a novel method of enhancing the surface of metals in the form of small metal hooks (GRIP Metal). They have recognized the potential this surface structure holds for the enhancement of heat transfer; however, they do not have a complete understanding of how GRIP Metal design factors affect convective heat transfer performance.

Roger Kempers – photo from younger years at McMaster University

This proposal directly addresses NUCAP’s need to develop the knowledge, models and design tools to allow them to design and optimize GRIP Metal surfaces for a wide range of heat exchange applications by developing comprehensive models to quantify heat transfer for a wide range of flowrates and fluids for a range of GRIP Metal designs.

This will be accomplished through a series of experimental heat transfer measurements in conjunction with the development of numerical models and semi-empirical correlations which together will serve as design tools and help optimize GRIP Metal fabrication parameters for a given heat exchange design goal.

The results will allow them to leverage their fabrication process to enable the development of new high-performance heat exchangers for a wide range of industrial applications.


This launch of a novel and effective heat exchanger product line will allow NUCAP to position themselves in the innovative area of low-cost waste heat recovery or efficient space heating. This project will contribute to the local economy by creating more jobs at NUCAP’s manufacturing facility in Toronto. It will also facilitate the development of a novel heat exchange technology which will result in system efficiencies, less waste, and greater savings for Canadian industries.

Video Lecture by Learning Skills Services (LSS) June2020Calendar: online webinars on how to study effectively during COVID-19

Staying Motivated While Working From Home

🔗Online learning is challenging. Not only do you have to master complex, university-level content as in all courses, but without the familiar on-campus routines of going to lectures and connecting with classmates in person. How can you stay motivated while working from home, to get the work done that you need to? This workshop can help!

For more information about Learning Skills services at York University and their other services and workshops please visit their website: https://lss.info.yorku.ca/

Learning Skills Services (LSS) Workshop Calendar June 2020

Active Thermography (AT) using infrared (IR) cameras: a study, led by Professor Nima Tabatabaei, enables the low-cost roadside testing of cannabis consumption (THC)

Samadi, N., Thapa, D., Salimi, M., Parkhimchyk, A. & Tabatabaei, N. Low-Cost Active Thermography using Cellphone Infrared Cameras: from Early Detection of Dental Caries to Quantification of THC in Oral Fluid. Sci Rep 10, 7857 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-64796-6


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CONGRATULATIONS! The Mechanical Engineering Capstone team wins the PEO York Chapter award for the stem cell dispenser project

Spenser The Stem Cell Dispenser


Team Instructor: Professor Hossam Sadek
Team Supervisor/Advisor: Professor Terry Sachlos
Team: Sara Kashanchi, Gianpaolo Lenard, Sherif Ibrahim, Mubariz Nagi, Sultan Humidan, Daniel Colvin.

🔗Project description: Drug and cell screening-based experiments rely heavily on the culturing techniques carried out within a laboratory. As such, liquid handling is crucial in the procedures adopted to test different drug delivery methods, to aid in determining which biological controls and parameters lead to optimize cell survival rate and/or simply observing cells in vitro outside of their natural environment. In times of urgent medical crisis, a portable, low-cost and easy to use liquid handler would be a suitable solution for high throughput drug and cell screening. Currently, the world is experiencing an unfortunate pandemic due to a pneumonia virus outbreak. With increasing COVID-19 cases in many countries, medical resources are being exhausted at a high rate. Spenser can be potentially deployed in medical centers such as hospitals, clinics and research laboratories as an additional tool in fast tracking drug screening of potential COVID-19 treatments.

YorkU funds 20 new research projects related to COVID-19. Lassonde Professor Marina Freire-Gormaly receives research on microdroplets—the implications for improved HVAC design

TORONTO, May 5, 2020 – York University has awarded $300,000 in research grants to advance 20 new research projects dedicated to Canada’s fight against COVID-19 and its impacts. The University recently announced a $250,000 research fund and call for proposals to support immediate term COVID-19 research projects. Due to the impressive response, the University increased the fund by $50,000 to support the further development of additional high-potential projects.

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Webcast: Innovation During times of Disruption by Dr.Andrew Maxwell

On Wednesday April 22nd, 2020, Dr. Maxwell shared insights from his research on the challenges of innovating at the York University Scholars’ Hub @ Home speaker series . In this lecture, following Albert Einstein’s guide “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity“, Dr. Maxwell provided tools and frameworks to help identify specific actions that one can take to turn the current challenges facing their organization into new ways of creating customer value.

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Webcast: Intro to Design Thinking by Dr.Andrew Maxwell

BEST partnered with BattleSnake for the “Stay Home and Code” event, a two-week online programming league raising money for Food Bank Canada. On Tuesday April 21st, 2020 , Dr. Maxwell ran a live workshop about “Introduction to Design Thinking” on the playBattleSnake.com

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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

Congratulations!

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!