Message from the Graduate Program Director

Dr. Pouya Rezai – Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director

I would like to welcome you to the Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering at Lassonde School of Engineering, York University. As the Graduate Program Director, I have the privilege to engage with our talented and hardworking students, faculty, alumni and staff to expand the program and guide it towards success.

The Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering started in 2015 and is unique as we admit many Canadian and international students to our program every year. We offer MASc, PhD and Direct PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Students come from various cultures and have different backgrounds, making our graduate program diverse in culture and background.  Our students will study a broad range of topics–which will include areas such as kinematics, thermodynamics, solid mechanics, manufacturing, microsystems, control, advanced materials, heat transfer, design, fluid mechanics, energy and environment, and their applications to a wide array of systems and subsystems found in various machineries and devices or living organisms along with strong emphasis on technology commercialization to match with the recent trends in translational research conducted by the faculty members. Our MASc and PhD students conduct research culminating in the production of a MASc thesis and Doctoral dissertation, with the support of world-renowned faculty members and research facilities. Our graduated students have been attracted to top universities to pursue their post-graduate studies or been hired in small to large organizations in government and industry across the world.

Graduate study in Mechanical Engineering is considered as a cornerstone for any Engineering Faculty that is delivering an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program. The research enabled by the graduate program will allow faculty members to remain up to date in the latest technological and scientific advances within the field of Mechanical Engineering, and contribute to the wider society by a higher level of scholarly activities and technology development. In addition, the enrolled graduate students will be an important partner in delivering the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering as they will be teaching assistants for laboratory demonstrations and tutorials. Furthermore, graduates of such a graduate program are needed to support today’s technologically driven society and economy in Ontario and Canada so their employment prospects will be strong upon graduation. The American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s Vision 2030 report clearly indicated that employers value and require ever more employees with a graduate degree. As the administrative lead of the Graduate Program, I also work very closely with our administrative and technical staff and I have witnessed their dedication to providing support systems for our students and faculty members. I am proud of the team working mostly behind the scenes to set our students and faculty up for success.

After serving proudly as the founding Graduate Program Director since 2015I admit that our community is diverse, inclusive and unique.  Our program is where cutting-edge research is conducted, conventional ideas are challenged, new science and technology are generated, and lifelong friendships along partnerships are made. We encourage you to join our professional family and thrive with us in one of the fastest growing Mechanical Engineering Graduate Programs in Canada.


Pouya Rezai – Graduate Program Director