STEM Professional of the week

Cristina H. Amon, Sc.D.      
University of Toronto

Great Minds in STEM™ is honored to have Dr. Cristina H. Amon as the 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee.

Cristina H. Amon received her Mechanical Engineering degree from Simón Bolivar University in 1981 and after two years of engineering practice and teaching, continued her education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she earned her M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in 1985 and 1988, respectively. She was the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University until 2006 when she joined the University of Toronto as the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, and the Alumni Chair Professor in Bioengineering of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Dr. Amon’s research pioneered the development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for formulating and solving thermal design problems subject to multidisciplinary competing constraints. More recently, her research group has been focused on developing numerical algorithms for sub-micron and nano-scale heat transport in semiconductors (molecular dynamics, lattice-Boltzmann method and phonon Boltzmann transport). Dr. Amon has contributed twelve book chapters, one McGraw Hill custom textbook, and over 250 refereed articles in education and research literature.

Her achievements in education cover the whole spectrum of integrating education, research and engineering practice; conceiving, developing and teaching the freshman course Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering; and creating a nurturing environment for students, advising 67 undergraduate and 19 master projects, and mentoring 31 doctoral students, twelve of whom hold faculty positions. Dedicated to outreach, Dr. Amon co-developed Engineering Your Future, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) workshop for female and minority high school students, and Moving 4th into Engineering, an outreach program targeted toward fourth graders. She has been recognized by SWE as their Distinguished Engineering Educator in 1999 and Professor of the Year for 2000.

Dr. Amon has received several awards from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), including the prestigious 1997 George Westinghouse and 2002 Ralph Coats Roe Awards. In 2003, she received the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Education Award and, in 2005, she was named one of America’s most important Hispanics in technology and business.

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