Dean of Engineering
Dr. Janusz Koziński is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Lakehead University.
He is a globally-trained higher education leader, multidisciplinary researcher, creative thinker, arts enthusiast, and entrepreneur, who brings international experience from pioneering academic institutions in Canada, the United States and Europe.
In 2022, he was awarded the Gold Medal, the highest award for engineers in the province, by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).
The following year, in May 2023, Koziński received the Gold Medal Award from Engineers Canada. The highest distinction for professional engineers in Canada, the Gold Medal Award recognizes the exceptional achievements of engineers who, through their work and service, have improved the lives of Canadians and others across the world.
Prior to joining Lakehead University, he was Founding President of the New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering in the United Kingdom and served as Founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering in Toronto. He was also formerly the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.
Educated in Kraków, Poland at the AGH University of Science and Technology, Koziński received his post-doctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and spent much of his academic career at McGill University, where he was a Sir William Dawson Scholar and Associate Vice-Principal of Research and International Relations.
Koziński’s research includes projects related to the environmental impact of energy technology, greenhouse gas mitigation, fabrication of nanomaterials, public safety in buildings vulnerable to bio-agents, and Mars exploration. He is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and holds one of the largest NSERC Discovery research grants in Canada in his field.
Known for his ability to identify and mobilize complementary technologies to creatively solve a wide range of energy, environmental and security challenges, Dr. Kozinski’s own extensively published investigations are being widely applied to address everything from biomass conversion to environmentally neutral biofuel production, mitigation of nuclear waste, and the protection of buildings at risk to terrorist attacks.
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Assistant Dean – Lakehead Engineering Academy
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Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering
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Acting Chair, Department of Civil Engineering
Dr. Gong joined the Department of Civil Engineering at Lakehead University in 2003. He received a doctoral degree in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo. He also has a Master of Science degree in structural engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
Prior to the graduate study at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Gong worked as a senior structural engineer with Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design and Research. This work included experience on steel structures, reinforced concrete structures, foundation structures, and seismic design. He received an award of Excellent Structural Design for Shanghai Library project from the City of Shanghai in 1997.
Dr. Gong has been a licensed professional engineer in Ontario since 2002. He is a member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Chair, Electrical Engineering
Carlos E. Christoffersen received the Electronic Engineer degree at the National University of Rosario (UNR), Argentina in 1993.
From 1993 to 1995 he held research scholarship from the National Research Council of Argentina at the UNR. (CONICET). He received an M.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1998 and 2000, respectively, from North Carolina State University (NCSU).
From 1996 to 2001 he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NCSU. Since 2002 he is with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada.
He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and a senior member of the IEEE. His current research interests are simulation, modelling and design of analog, RF and microwave circuits.
Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Basel Ismail is a leader and experienced professor with a demonstrated successful history of working in the higher education academia.
In 2004, Dr. Basel Ismail earned his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University. From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Ismail worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University. In August 2005, Dr. Ismail joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lakehead University as an Assistant Professor. He became a tenured Associate professor in 2009.
Since 2016, Dr. Ismail has been serving as the leader and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lakehead University. Professor Basel Ismail is a recipient of a number of Merit Awards in Research, Teaching & Service to the Institution categories at Lakehead University.
Currently, Dr. Ismail’s research areas of interest are focused on alternative, renewable and green energy engineering systems for power generation, heating and cooling. Dr. Basel Ismail has edited four books, published 5 book chapters and 100+ technical reports and articles related to his research areas in reputable International Journals, Conferences and industry related projects. He is a member of Editorial Boards in a number of international journals and has served in Scientific Committees of International Conferences.
During his research activities, Dr. Ismail has supervised & trained graduate students and senior undergraduate students in Mechanical Engineering with capstone projects and theses related to innovative renewable and alternative energy engineering & technologies.
Chair, Software Engineering
Dr. Abdulsalam Yassine received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Beirut Arab University, Lebanon, in 1993, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 2004 and 2010, respectively.
Between 2001 and 2013, he was a member of the Technical Staff in the Wireless Communication Division, Nortel Networks, and later at Alcatel-Lucent, Ottawa, Canada. From 2013 to 2016, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the DISCOVER Laboratory, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa.
Currently, he is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Software Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. He serves on the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications as an associate editor.
His research interests are mostly focused on behavior and predictive analytics, big data systems and networks, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, IoT system, smart cities, smart environments, and smart grids research and applications.