Aerospace Research Faculty

Alidad Amirfazli, PhD, PEng, FCSME, FEIC

Professor & Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Prof. Amirfazli founded the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2013. He formerly held the Canada Research Chair in Surface Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has more than 250 scientific contributions, many in prestigious peer reviewed journals; and given many invited talks at international level. Dr. Amirfazli has been the recipient of the Martha Cook Piper Research prize, Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award, and Killam Annual Professorship. In 2014 he was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College. He has been a consultant with various companies in USA, Europe, and Canada. He is a Fellow of EIC, and CSME.


Prof. Amirfazli’s group combines fluid mechanics and heat transfer concepts with physiochemical and thermodynamic principles to tackle many complex problems seen in aerospace, energy, and materials sectors. The group has produced exciting results in wetting behavior of surfaces, drop adhesion and shedding, drop impact, icing, direct laser patterning of self assembled monolayers and super-hydrophobic surfaces. The work is well recognized internationally; active collaborations with various research groups around the world allows many students to spent time in top laboratories or interacted with researchers we host annually in our lab from Germany, Italy, Spain, China, France, Belgium, UK and Switzerland.

Research Keywords: Thermofluid, Fluid Mechanics, Wetting & Capilarity, Icing, coating

Laboratory: Surface Engineering and Instrumentation Lab (SEiL)


Office: BRG 437E

Alex Czekanski, P.Eng, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor and NSERC/Quanser Chair in Engineering Design for Innovation

Dr. Alex Czekanski is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Canada NSERC Chair in Design Engineering and founding Director of York Centre for Automotive Research, York University. Prior to his academic position, he was Engineering Manager of Advanced Engineering Analyses and Materials in Magna Mechatronics, a tier-one automotive global part supplier. He also holds an MBA and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching. Presently, he is a Senior Vice-President of CSME and Past President of CEEA. He is a Fellow of CSME, and CEEA.

Dr. Czekanski has extensive industrial and managerial expertise in automotive and consulting engineering. Dr. Czekanski has been the recipient of several awards including the Lassonde Innovation Award – Established Researcher, the Faculty Excellence in Graduate Mentorship Award, the Faculty Educator of the Year and the President’s University Wide Teaching Award.


The focus of IDEA Lab (Integrated Design and Engineering Analysis) is on computational and experimental solid mechanics, multi-scale modelling, shape and topology optimization, additive manufacturing, bioprinting and design educational engineering research. See Dr. Czekanski’s personal website for the list of his publications and other research outputs (

Research Keywords: Computational solid mechanics, Experimental solid mechanics, Additive Manufacturing, Bioprinting, Soft and super-soft Materials, Design Engineering Education

Integrated Design and Engineering Analysis (IDEA Lab):


Office: BRG 435D

Ronald Hanson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Prof. Hanson joined York University in 2017 at the rank of Assistant Professor. His previous roles were as a research fellow with the University of Southampton, University of Toronto, and as an aerodynamicist for high performance bicycles. Prof. Hanson has been a visiting researcher at the both the University of Newcastle in Australia, and Michigan State University, in the United States. He holds or has held grants including those from NSERC Discovery, Engage, Alliance, Northern Contaminants Program, and Grants and Contributions with Environment Canada.


Prof. Hanson’s research takes a primarily experimental approach to the study of flow physics. He established the Fluid Mechanics and Flow Control Research Laboratory with a cornerstone closed loop wind tunnel and towing tank facilities. His group is focused on wall-bounded and separated flow phenomena with relevance to aerospace and sport-based applications. This builds from parallel focus on flow dynamics and instabilities as precursor to their control, which forms a close nexus with development of technology (active/passive) to enable favorable alteration of boundary layers, wakes and turbulence. Another branch of his research relates to aerodynamic characteristics of airborne pollutants.

Research Keywords: Experimental fluid dynamics, turbulence, turbulent boundary layer, transition, flow control



Dr George Zhu


Tier 1 York Research Chair in Space Technology

Dr. George Zhu is the Director of the Space Engineering Design Laboratory at the Lassonde School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests touch on a number of topics including the dynamics and control of tethered spacecraft systems, electrodynamic tether propulsion and space debris removal, space robotics and advanced spacecraft materials.

Main Office: Bergeron 435C

Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 x 77729

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