Cristina Amon

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Cristina H. Amon
Cristina Amon in 2015
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Academic background
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Thesis"Heat Transfer Enhancement and Three-Dimensional Transitional Flows by a Spectral Element-Fourier Method" (1988)
Academic work
DisciplineMechanical engineering
Sub-disciplineFluid dynamics
Heat transfer
InstitutionsUniversity of Toronto (2006-present)
Carnegie Mellon University (1988-2006)

Cristina H. Amon is a mechanical engineer, academic administrator and the 13th dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. She is the Faculty's first female dean. Prior to her appointment at the University of Toronto in 2006, she was the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor and director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University.


Amon graduated with a diploma in mechanical engineering from Simón Bolívar University in 1981. She went on to graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completing a master of science (MSc) in 1985 and a doctor of science (ScD) in 1988.[1]


Amon is a pioneer in the development of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for thermal design solutions in systems with multidisciplinary competing constraints. She has made contributions to concurrent thermal designs, electronics cooling and transient thermal management of wearable computers and electric vehicles.[2]

Amon leads the University of Toronto's Advanced Thermal/Fluids Optimization, Modelling, and Simulation (ATOMS) Laboratory where she conducts research in nanoscale thermal transport phenomena in semiconductors, energy systems and bioengineered devices.[3] Amon's academic contributions include a number of highly cited book chapters and articles leading to an h-index of 49.[4]


Amon became an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 1988, and was promoted to associate professor in 1993 and full professor in 1997. In 1998, she was named the Associate Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and became its Director in 1999. She became the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 2001.[5]

Her appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto began in 2006. She was appointed as Alumni Chair Professor in BioEngineering in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the same time.[6] Amon is the Faculty's first female dean.[7]

Amon is committed to increasing diversity within the engineering profession. In 2017, she was selected as the opening speaker at the Women in Science and Engineering 2017 National Conference.[8] Under Amon's leadership, female enrolment in the first-year cohort at U of T Engineering reached a record 40.1% in 2016.[9]

Amon was also instrumental in bringing the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) to life. The building will be the future hub of the Faculty's collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research. Construction began in 2015.[10]

Honors and awards[edit]

Amon holds a number of honors and awards. She is a life fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science[11] and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).[12] She is a fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering,[13] American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE),[14] and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.[15] She received several awards from the ASEE, including the prestigious 1997 George Westinghouse[16] and 2002 Ralph Coats Roe[17] Awards. In 2003, she received the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Education Award[18] and, in 2005, she was named one of America's most important Hispanics in technology and business.[19] In 2015, Amon received the Ontario Professional Engineers Gold Medal from Professional Engineers Ontario and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.[20] In 2017, she received the Engineering Institute of Canada's Sir John Kennedy Medal.[21]

Her editorship roles include the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer,[22] IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology,[23] and Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer.[24]


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  2. ^ Meaghan Ziemba (12 December 2011). "Inspiring The Next Generation Of Female Engineers".
  3. ^ "ATOMS Lab". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Cristina Amon, Google Scholar". Google. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Cristina Amon, Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering". Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Cristina Amon, Member – Biography". Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  7. ^ Murray, Darla (Winter 2012). "Top 25 Women of Influence". Women of Influence Magazine. Women of Influence Inc. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  8. ^ Farah Qaiser (23 January 2017). "WISE ignites passion at annual conference". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Women make up more than 40 per cent of U of T Engineering first-year class". 8 December 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  10. ^ "UofT Breaks Ground on Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship". 2 July 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  11. ^ "AAAS Elected Fellows". Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  12. ^ "ASME Honorary Member". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  13. ^ "CSME Current List of Fellows". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Full List of ASEE Fellows". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  15. ^ "IEEE Fellows Directory". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  16. ^ "George Westinghouse Award". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Ralph Coats Roe Award". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Cristina Amon, Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering". Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  19. ^ Swaney, Chriss (29 March 2005). "Cristina Amon Named One of America's Most Important Hispanics in Technology". Carnegie Mellon Today. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  20. ^ "The Gold Medal". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Sir John Kennedy Medal Recipients". Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  22. ^ "ASME Journal of Heat Transfer" (PDF).
  23. ^ "IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society".
  24. ^ "Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer".