The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) has awarded the prestigious C.N. Downing Award to Lassonde School of Engineering Associate Professor Aleksander Czekanski.
This award is presented annually to a member of the society for distinguished service to CSME over many years.
Czekanski received the award during the banquet held as part of CSME’s 2019 International Congress on June 4 at Western University in London, Ont.
“Dedicating my time and efforts to various industry associations and societies is important because it creates an ‘ecosystem’ that helps new generations of mechanical engineers,” he said.
Czekanski is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and NSERC/Quanser Chair in Design Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering. Prior to joining York University, he was the engineering manager at Magna, a tier-one automotive global part supplier. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the prestigious Robert W. Angus Medal, the NSERC Chair in Design Engineering and the NSERC Gold Medal as well as the York University President’s University-Wide Teaching Award.
Czekanski conducts fundamental research in applied and experimental mechanics as well as advanced manufacturing. He has published and submitted his work in more than 100 journals and conferences. Czekanski is the founding director of the Centre for Automotive Research at York University, dedicated to the support of small and medium enterprises.