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ME 150th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series: Cristina Amon


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan will welcome Cristina Amon in the Mechanical Engineering 150th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series.

Cristina AmonCristina Amon
Dean of Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, Alumni Chair Professor of Bioengineering, University of Toronto

Lecture: Rethinking Engineering Education for the 21st Century Engineers: Experiences from the University of Toronto
September 10, 2018
Lecture 4:00 p.m.
Reception to Follow

Ford Library
1000 Beal Street
Ann Arbor, MI


The Engineering profession is increasing in complexity with the convergence of disciplines, becoming more global, and requiring greater diversity of perspectives. Engineering education is also changing around the world in response to increased emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation to drive regional economic growth and prosperity.

Educating engineers for this 21stcentury reality requires instilling in our students professional competencies in areas including cross-disciplinary collaboration, global and diverse perspective, leadership, entrepreneurship and business, in addition to a strong technical engineering foundation. This talk describes curricular and co-curricular programs which provide opportunities for engineering students to develop those competencies, offered by the Centre for Global Engineering, the Entrepreneurship Hatchery, the Institute for Multidisciplinary Designs & Innovation, the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering and the recently launched Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice at theUniversity of Toronto. It also describes the relevance of collaborative learning environments and experiential learning programming as well as hands-on initiatives in cross-cultural and multidisciplinary capstone courses in partnership with industry.

Cristina Amon is Dean and Alumni Professor at the University of Toronto’s (U of T) Faculty of Applied Science Engineering. As Dean, she is responsible for the strategic and visionary leadership of one of the world’s most distinguished engineering faculties, the administration of over 750 faculty, researchers and staff and the education of more than 5,200 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students. Under her leadership, Canada’s top-ranked engineering school has become a global hub for interdisciplinary research and education, known for its strategic faculty-wide initiatives, cross-faculty centers and institutes, and innovative undergraduate and graduate programming. Her unwavering commitment to outreach and gender diversity has resulted in doubling engineering women faculty and 40% women in incoming undergraduate students for the third consecutive year. Prior to joining U of T in 2006, Amon was the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

A pioneer in the development of Computational Fluid Dynamics for formulating and addressing thermal designs subject to multidisciplinary competing constraints, Amon continues her research in thermal transport in nanoscale semiconductors, energy systems, EV batteries and biomedical devices. She has contributed to over 380 referred articles within education and research literature and her many awards and honors include the ASME Gustus Larson Memorial Award, the ASEE Westinghouse Medal and the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award. She has been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Spanish Royal Academy, U.S. National Academy of Engineering and Royal Society of Canada.