is the Dean of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and Alumni Professor of Bioengineering in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. She is responsible for the strategic and visionary leadership of one of the world’s most distinguished Engineering schools, the administration of over 750 faculty, researchers and staff with an annual operating and research budget of $250M, and the education of more than 5,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students.
Since her appointment in 2006, Dean Amon has created programs to foster collaborative scholarship, enhance student experience, encourage active learning, promote research excellence and accelerate innovation. Under her leadership, U of T Engineering has become a global intellectual hub for interdisciplinary research and education. She has introduced a number of key efforts, including undergraduate program options in energy systems, global engineering and engineering business, and a professional master's degree (MEng) with the option to focus on entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and technology in engineering, or in cities engineering and management. She has also led the creation of cross-Faculty centres and institutes in the areas of healthcare engineering, sustainable energy, global engineering, identity, privacy and security, design innovation, as well as leadership education in engineering. During her tenure as Dean, research and graduate programs have experienced unprecedented growth, with an increase of over 50 per cent in the number of doctoral students and more than double the number of professional master's students.
Dean Amon received her Mechanical Engineering diploma from Simón Bolívar University and continued her education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned her MS and ScD degrees in 1985 and 1988, respectively. Prior to her appointment at the University of Toronto, she was the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University.
A pioneer in the development of Computational Fluid Dynamics for formulating and solving thermal design problems subject to multidisciplinary competing constraints, Dean Amon continues her research at the University of Toronto in nanoscale thermal transport in semiconductors, energy systems and bioengineered devices.
Dedicated to outreach, Dean Amon was the architect of U of T Engineering's Skule Mentorship program and Carnegie Mellon's Engineering Your Future program, designed to introduce pre-university underrepresented students to the excitement of engineering careers.
Cristina Amon serves on the Board of Directors of MKS Instruments Inc., a leading global provider of instruments and process control solutions for advanced manufacturing of semiconductor devices, energy generation and electro-optical products. She is chair of the research committee of NCDEAS (National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science in Canada), past chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council, and has served on advisory boards for several institutions including Penn, Stanford, UCLA and Waterloo.
Dean Amon has received numerous awards, including the ASME Gustus Larson Memorial Award, ASEE Westinghouse Medal and the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award. Most recently, she was inducted into the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Hall of Fame
, a North American award that recognizes achievements that open minds to the contributions of Hispanics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and was also recognized in 2012 as one of Canada's Most Influential Women
. In 2011, she was honoured with the Society of Women Engineers' (SWE) highest honour, the SWE Achievement Award
, for her outstanding contributions to engineering over more than 20 years. In the same year, Dean Amon was also the recipient of the prestigious YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction award
, which recognized her achievement in improving the lives of girls and women in science and engineering.
Dean Amon has been inducted into four academies, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Spanish Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Canada and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. She has been elected fellow or honorary member of all major professional societies in her field and has contributed 350 refereed articles in education and research literature.