The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lassonde School of Engineering in York University is the youngest mechanical engineering department in Canada. It was launched in 2013, accepted the first enrollment of students in 2014, and it was successfully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board in 2018. This provides us a great opportunity to shape a new mechanical engineering department to train engineers of the future.
Our professors have studied at the best universities in Canada and world-wide. They are active researchers with a social conscience and a sense of global citizenship. Their research programs are cutting-edge with a stunning diversity and scope in the field of mechanical engineering. Currently, there are 17 professors in the department with research interests ranging from nanotechnology to spacecraft technology. Our focus in research is in thermal sciences, energy, transportation technologies, automation and advanced robotics, fluid and colloidal systems, especial emphasis on advanced materials and manufacturing, surface engineering, optomechanical systems and diagnostics, biosystems and bio-sensors, biomechanics and exoskeleton technologies. The solid mechanics, design, and dynamics, together with system level design and optimization are another areas of research focus. The department enjoys the reputation of research excellence in the fields of microfluidics and thermal science, advanced robotics, and space technology. The department’s first student design and built CubeSat will be launched in 2019 to demonstrate the space debris removal by electrodynamic tether technology.
Last but not least, the department is also the home of Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) program, with a vision to create “Renaissance Engineers” in partnership with the Schulich School of Business and Oscoode Hall Law School at York University. BEST integrates curricular and experiential activities for Lassonde and York University students to become engineering leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit to serve the society with a social conscience and a sense of global citizenship. Students involved in BEST can obtain the BEST certificate, which appears on their degree transcript, and combines academic and experiential requirements. This is another win of our students to differentiate themselves from other mechanical engineering graduates.