Cristina Amon is Alumni Distinguished Professor in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Dean Emerita (2006-2019) of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Prior to joining U of T in 2006, she was the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University.
An ICD.D, Cristina has served as director and adviser on boards in North America and abroad, including independent director of MKS Instruments Inc. She was chair of the NCDEAS (National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science in Canada) research board, and founding chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council.
A pioneer in the development of computational fluid dynamics for formulating and solving design problems subject to multidisciplinary competing constraints, her research is in thermal transport in energy systems, electric vehicles, semiconductors and biomedical devices. She is a professional engineer and has contributed over 400 refereed articles to the education and research literature.
Among her many accolades, she was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Influential Women, YWCA Women of Distinction, and received the 2015 PEO, and 2020 Engineers Canada Gold Medals for outstanding engineering public service, technical excellence and professional leadership. She has been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Hispanic Engineer Hall of Fame, Royal Society of Canada, Spanish Royal Academy and U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and is a member of the Order of Canada.
Born in Uruguay, Dr. Amon earned her Mechanical Engineering degree from Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela, and her M.S. and Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988.