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.