54 Appointment of Professor Cristina Amon Dean Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

PDAD&C #54, 2005-06


FROM: Professor Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
DATE: December 15, 2005
RE: Appointment of Professor Cristina Amon,
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

I am pleased to announce that the Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Cristina Amon as Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, effective July 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2011.

Professor Cristina Amon is currently the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) at the Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela and subsequently obtained a doctorate and master of science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As director of ICES since 1999, Professor Amon has conceived and led interdisciplinary research initiatives, seeded high-impact projects, fostered a culture of innovation and promoted strong interactions with industry, particularly in western Pennsylvania. This work also has enabled the creation of an environment linking Pennsylvania industries, agencies and students to improve industry competitiveness through knowledge transfer as well as to increase the retention of graduates in the region.

Professor Amon's research focuses on computational fluid dynamics methods for unsteady, incompressible flows in complex geometries and its application to investigate fluid mechanics, hemodynamics, heat and mass transfer, and phase change phenomena. Her research involves the implementation of Spectral Element-Fourier Methods (SEFM) for Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) with emphasis on parallel algorithms and Eulerian-Lagrangian formulations for tracking particles' trajectories.

Applications include destabilization mechanisms that excite and sustain oscillatory flows as well as complex hydrodynamics and transport phenomena in electronic cooling, manufacturing processes and intravenous blood oxygenators.

Active in many professional and honorary societies, Professor Amon is a fellow of the Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She served as president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Pittsburgh Chapter from 2004 to 2005, and she is the elected chair of AAAS Engineering, the largest worldwide scientific society.

Professor Amon has developed multidisciplinary design courses for both undergraduate and graduate students that integrate education, research and engineering practice through industry involvement. She is the architect of the Engineering Your Future Program for Pittsburgh area 8th and 12th graders to introduce them to the excitement and opportunities of engineering careers.

Professor Amon has won numerous awards, including the George Westinghouse Award for advancing engineering education, the Ralph Coats Roe Award for outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, and the ASME Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division Award for pioneering contributions to the engineering and science of thermal management of electronics. She has published more than 200 papers on her research and engineering education.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Amon to the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.