Cristina Amon-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Cristina Amon

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering

University of Toronto
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
5 King's College Rd
Toronto, ON M5S 3G8
Phone: 416-978-3131


Professor Amon's 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, she 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. Cristina Amon was also the recipient of both awards given by Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering, the George Tallman Ladd Award for Excellence in Research in 1991 and the Benjamin Teare Award for Excellence in Engineering Education in 1998. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) honored her with the Gustus Larson Memorial Award for outstanding achievements in 2000, and the ASME Pittsburgh chapter named her Engineer of the Year in 1999. She 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. Among her other recognitions are the 2003 Electronics and Photonics Packaging Clock Award, best papers awards, and the 2004 ASME EPPD Thermal Management Award, for Outstanding Contributions in Thermal Management Applications to the Field of Electronic and Photonic Packaging.

Active in professional societies and executive boards, Cristina Amon currently serves as member of MKS Instruments Inc Director Board, ASEE Engineering Deans Council Executive Board, Global Engineering Dean’s Council Chair, and has served as chair-elect, chair and retiring chair (2004-2007) of the AAAS Section on Engineering, and president of the SWE Pittsburgh Chapter (2004-2005). She has served on external advisory boards at several universities, including Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Case Western, the City University of New York and University of Texas. She was elected chair of IEEE/ASME ITherm 2002 Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical
Phenomena in Electronic Systems and program chair of the 2005 Heat Transfer conference. She served as ASME Heat Transfer Division Membership Recognition Committee Chair (1996-1998), K-3 Honors and Awards Committee Chair (2000-2001), K-16 HTD Electronics
Cooling Committee Vice-Chair (1997-2000) and Chair (2000-2003), Pi Tau Sigma faculty advisor (1994-1996), and ASEE campus representative (1993-1997). She is co-founder of Women In Non-traditional Graduate Studies (WINGS) and served as its first faculty adviser since its inception in 1989 until 1992. Her editorship roles include the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology, and Heat and Mass Transfer. She is Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Fellow of AAAS, ASEE, ASME, CSME, EIC and IEEE.


Mechanical Engineering Degree, August 1981
Thesis on "Analysis and Simulation of a Solar Grain Drier."

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, June 1985
Thesis under Professor Bora Mikic on "Experimental Study on the Effect of Oscillatory Flow on Heat Removal from Electronic Devices".

Doctor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, May 1988
Thesis under Professors Bora Mikic and Anthony Patera on "Heat Transfer Enhancement and Three-Dimensional Transitional Flows by a Spectral Element-Fourier Method". Minor in Applied Mathematics.


Prof. Amon’s research pioneered the development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for formulating and solving thermal design problems subject to multidisciplinary competing constraints. This led to the creation of a multi-stage Bayesian methodology based on successive model refinement, CFD, non-deterministic experiments and Bayesian statistics. More recently, her research group has focused on developing numerical tools for multi-scale hierarchical modeling from nano-scales to system level. This includes molecular dynamics, lattice-Boltzmann method and Boltzmann transport equation for predicting sub-micron and nano-scale heat transport in semiconductors.

Applications include transient thermal management technologies for portable electronics and wearable computers, novel approaches for high heat-flux removal from high-density electronic packaging, fabrication and characterization of nano-porous media for thermal insulation materials for CMOS-compatible microsystems, micro-fluidics and system integration of silicon-based micro-scale direct methanol fuel cells for micro-power generation.

Other projects address fundamental issues in biological systems and biomedical devices including hemodynamics and mass transport in intravenous blood oxygenators, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and endovascular grafts. Professor Amon has contributed twelve book chapters, one McGraw Hill Custom Textbook, and over 200 refereed articles in education and research literature.

Selected Publications