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Research Areas

  • Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer and CFD

  • Micro and Nano Scale Thermal Transport, Micro Fuel Cells

  • Thermal Engineering of Microelectronics: Heat Transfer Enhancement Techniques, Transient Thermal Management of Portable Electronics and MEMs-based Heat Removal of High Heat Flux Electronics

  • Hemodynamics and Mass Transport in Biological Systems with Applications to: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, Endovascular Grafts and Intravenous Blood Oxygenators

  • Multidisciplinary Engineering Design and Education



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.
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".


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

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Professional Experience


Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (2006-present).
Alumni Chair Professor, in BioEngineering, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, (2006-present).


Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering (2001-2006).
Director, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) (1999-2006).
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (1997-2001).
Associate Director, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) (1998-99).
Associate Professor (1993-97), Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering (1988-93).

Conducted and directed research, developed new courses, created and conducted outreach programs. Fostered and led multidisciplinary research initiatives.
Courses Taught: Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Mathematical Techniques in Mechanical Engineering, Advanced Fluid Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer, Turbulent Flow and Transport, Multi-disciplinary Design Project Course (team taught), and Preparing for a Faculty Career Seminar.
Carnegie Bosch Institute, Thermal Management of Electronic Systems and Components, Summer Course in Advanced Program for Technical Managers.
Visiting Professor, Technical University of Munich, Germany (summer 1990).
Visiting Researcher, NASA Glenn, (LEWIS) Heat Transfer Branch, Cleveland (summer 1991).

Honors and Awards

  • PEO, Professional Engineers of Ontario Gold Medal, Ontario’s Most Prestigious Honour for Public Service, Technical Excellence and Professional Leadership, 2015.

  • CSME, Robert W. Angus Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Management and Practice of Mechanical Engineering, 2014.

  • ASME, Heat Transfer 75th Anniversary Medal, 2013.

  • HENACC, Great Minds in STEM, Hall of Fame Inductee, 2013.

  • HENACC, Great Minds in STEM, Hall of Fame Inductee, 2012.

  • Michael Korybalski Endowed Distinguished Lecturer, University of Michigan, 2012.

  • Woman of Influence, named one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Women, 2012.

  • RSC, Royal Society of Canada, elected Fellow, 2011.

  • SWE Achievement Award, 2011.

  • YWCA Woman of Distinction, 2011.

  • Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology, Top 200 Most Influential Hispanic, 2011.

  • Engineers Canada Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession, 2010.

  • Most Important Hispanic in Technology Award, HENAAC, 2010.

  • Hispanic Development Council Award: Hispano Bolivariano, Toronto, 2010.

  • ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, 2009.

  • Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow, 2009.

  • Massey College, University of Toronto, Senior Fellow, 2009.

  • Professional Engineer, Ontario, Canada, 100139829.

  • ASME Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division Women Engineer Inaugural Award, 2008.

  • Engineering Institute of Canada, Fellow, 2008.

  • Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineers, Fellow, 2007.

  • Royal Academy of Spain, elected foreign corresponding member, 2006.

  • NAE, elected member, 2006.

  • ASEE, Fellow, 2005.

  • Named One of America’s Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business, Hispanic Engineer
    and Information Technology Magazine, 2005, 2006.

  • 2004 ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging Best Paper Award, "Influence of Pulsating Submerged
    Liquid Jets on Chip-Level Thermal Phenomena," Vol. 125(3).

  • EPPD Thermal Management Award for Outstanding contributions in Thermal Management Applications
    to the Field of Electronic and Photonic Packaging, ASME 2004.

  • IEEE-ASME ITherm 2004 Best Paper Award, "Lattice Boltzmann Modeling of Sub-continuum
    Energy Transport in Silicon-on-Insulator Microelectronics Including Phonon Dispersion Effects," 2004.

  • ASME Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division Clock Award for Outstanding Contributions to the
    Engineering and Science of Thermal Management of Electronics, 2003.

  • AAAS, Fellow, 2003.

  • HENAAC Hispanic Engineer National Achievement, Education Award, 2003.

  • ASEE Ralph Coats Roe Award, for Outstanding Contributions to the Engineering Profession, 2002.

  • Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering Alumna, Invited Delegate, National Academy of Engineering, Japan, 2002.

  • Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Chair of Mechanical Engineering, 2001.

  • Honorific Paper Award "Secondary Flow and Wall Shear Stress in Three-Dimensional Steady Flow AAA
    Hemodynamics," ASME IMECE, Bioengineering Division, 2001.

  • IEEE, Fellow, 2001.

  • ASME Heat Transfer Division, Appreciation Award for Advancing the Engineering Profession as K-3
    Honors and Awards Committee Chair, 2001.

  • Honorific Paper Award “On the Calculation of Hemodynamics Shear Stresses at the Wall of Dilated Large Arteries:
    Application to 3D Computational Models,” ASME IMECE, Bioengineering Division, 2000.

  • ASME/PiTauSigma Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, for Outstanding Achievements in Mechanical
    Engineering, 2000.

  • SWE CMU Chapter, elected Professor of the Year, 2000.

  • ASME Electrical and Electronic Packaging Division, Service Award for Advancing the Engineering
    Profession as K-16 Chair, 2000.

  • SWE Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, 1999

  • ASME, Fellow, 1999.

  • ASME Engineer of the Year, Pittsburgh, 1999.

  • CMU (Carnegie Mellon University) Benjamin Richard Teare Award for Excellence in Engineering
    Education, 1998.

  • AIAA elected Associate Fellow, 1998.

  • ASME Heat Transfer Division, Dedicated Service Award, 1998.

  • ASEE George Westinghouse Award, 1997.

  • ASEE NCS and Zone II, Outstanding Campus Rep Awards 1996.

  • ASEE NCS Outstanding Teacher Award, 1995.

  • PiTauSigma (Mechanical Engineering Society) elected Honorary Member, 1995.

  • SAE Teetor Educational Award, 1994.

  • CIT (Carnegie Institute of Technology) George Tallman Ladd Research Excellence Award, 1991.

  • NSF Research Initiation Award, 1989.

  • Venezuelan Society of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers Ladislao Andara Award, 1983.

  • Mechanical Engineering Degree: Summa Cum Laude, 1981.

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Professional Association

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Life Fellow

  • Electorate Nominating Committee ECN, Section M, Engineering, Member, 2001-2004; 2006-2012; Chair, 2003-2004.
  • Chair-Elect, 2004-2005; Chair, 2005-2006, Retiring Chair, 2006-2007, AAAS Engineering.
  • AAAS Fellow Nominations Committee, 2008-2010.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Life Fellow

  • ASME Committee on Honors, 2009-2015.
  • ASME representative to AAAS, 2008-2010.
  • Technical Program Chair, Heat Transfer Conference, San Francisco, CA, July 17-22, 2005.
  • Associate Editor, J. Heat Transfer, 2001-2004.
  • Chair, ASME Heat Transfer Division (HTD) K-16 Committee on Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment, 2000-2003.
  • Chair, ASME HTD K-3 Honors and Awards Committee, 2000-2001.
  • Member, Executive Committee, ASME Electronic & Photonic Packaging Division (EEPD), 2001-2004.
  • Vice-Chair, ASME K-16 HTD Committee on Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment, 1997-2000.
  • Member, ASME K-3 HTD Honors and Awards Committee, 1998-2001.
  • Chair, ASME HTD Committee on Membership Development and Honors Nominations, 1996-1998.
  • Member, ASME K-8 Committee on Theory and Fundamental Research, 1994-2000, ASME K-16 Committee on Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment, 1991-present, ASME HTD K-22 Committee on Visualization, 1999-2002, ASME K-20 Committee Computational Heat Transfer, 1994-1999.
  • Member, ASME Board on Minorities and Women, 1997-present.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Associate Life Fellow.

  • AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee (TTC), 2000-2006.
  • AIAA Awards TTC Member, 2001-2003.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Fellow

  • ASEE-EDC Nominating Committee, 2012-present.
  • ASEE-EDC Diversity Committee, 2009-present.
  • ASEE-EDC Executive Board Director, 2007-2009.
  • Committee on Multidisciplinary Engineering, 2003-2005.
  • Ralph Coats Roe Award Selection Committee, 2002-2005.
  • Women In Engineering Division WIED, 2002-present.
  • CMU Campus Representative, CMU, 1993-1997.

American Physical Society (APS), Member.

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Member.

Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, Fellow

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Fellow

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. Components, Packaging Technology, 1995-present.
  • Member, IEEE CPMT Society, TC-9 Committee on Thermal Management & ThermoMechanical Design, 1996-present.
  • General Chair, ITherm 2002, IEEE/ASME Eighth Intersociety Conference on Thermal, and Thermomechanical Phenomena and Emerging Technologies in Electronic Systems, San Diego, CA, May 29-June 1, 2002.

National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Member

  • Brazil-US Frontiers of Science and Engineering, Co-Chair, Rio de Janeiro, March 16-19, 2014.
  • NAE Awards Selection Committee, 2013-2015.
  • NAE Committee on Membership, 2011.
  • NAE Mechanical Engineering Peer Committee, 2008-2011; Vice-Chair, 2009-2010; Chair, 2010-2011.
  • NRC Panel, 2006, 2007, 2009.

Pi Tau Sigma, Life Member ’01, Honorary Member.

  • Faculty Advisor, CMU Chapter 1994 to 1996.

Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Fellow.

  • RSC Committee on Fellow Selection, Applied Sciences and Engineering, 2011-present.

Sigma Xi, Life Member.

  • Judge, 5th to 12th Annual Research Symposium for Undergraduates and Meeting of the Minds, Sigma Xi CMU Chapter, 1995-2002.
  • Electorate Nominating Committee, 1994- 1995.

Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE), Member.

  • Judge, Eighth to Tenth Annual SAE Robotic Walking Machine Decathlon.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Life Member.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Senior Life Member

  • SWE Achievement Award Judging Panel, 2012-2014.
  • President, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2004-2005; Past President, 2005-2006.
  • Adviser CMU Team, 1999 Boeing Team Tech National Student Competition.
  • Engineering Your Future, SWE two-week summer workshop for middle and high school female students, Workshop Instructor and Co-founder, 1993-2006.
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Professional, Corporate, and Government Committees,
Board Memberships

  • Engineer 2030, External Reviewer, CORFO, Chile, 2015-present.

  • MITACS Research Council Committee, 2015-present.

  • Order of the White Rose, Judge, Scholarship Competition, 2015-present.

  • American University of Beirut, Department of Mechanical Engineering, External Reviewer, February 2014.

  • Chilean New Engineering for 2030, Innova Chile CORFO, Senior Evaluator, January 2014.

  • University of Waterloo Engineering, Vision 2015: Building on Excellence, External Assessor, 2012-present.

  • ASEE EDC Committee on Diversity, 2009-present, Nominating Committee, 2012-present.

  • ASME Committee on Honors, 2009-present.

  • Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), Visiting Team Vice-Chair, 2010.

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign UIUC College of Engineering, Board of Visitors, 2009-present.

  • International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer, Executive Committee, Canada Rep, 2010-2014.

  • Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), Executive Committee, 2007-present, Chair, 2008-2009.

  • National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS) of Canada, Research Committee Chair, 2008-present.

  • Northeastern University ADVANCE External Advisory Board, 2008-present.

  • MKS Instruments Inc., Board of Directors, 2007-present.

    • Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee, 2007-present.
    • Compensation Committee, 2012-present.
  • Engineering Deans Council (EDC), Executive Board Director, ASEE 2007-2009.

  • University of Pennsylvania’s Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, External Review Chair, February 2008.

  • UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Mechanics, External Visiting Team Member, January 2008.

  • Stanford University’s Mechanical Engineering Department, Board of Advisors, 2006-present.

  • National Research Council, The National Academies Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, 2006-2007, Panel Report entitled ‘Benchmarking the Research Competitiveness of the U.S. in Mechanical Engineering,’ The National Academies Press, 2007.

  • Bombardier ETrain, Executive Committee Member, 2008-2010.

  • Purdue University qHUB, Advisory Board, 2007-2010.

  • Case Western Reserve University, School of Engineering, External Review Committee, 2005-2007.

  • National Science Foundation, Fundamentals of Complex, Engineered, Organizational and Natural Systems, AB member 2005-2007.

  • National Research Council, The National Academies, Space Studies Board, Committee on Microgravity Research CMGR, sub-committee on Emerging Technologies, 2001-2004, Committee Report entitled Assessment of Directions in Microgravity and Physical Sciences Research at NASA, The National Academies Press, 2004.

  • Visiting Committee, Engineering Division of the Colorado School of Mines, 2004-2007.

  • Advisory Board and External Reviewers, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, American Univ. of Beirut, Lebanon, 2005-present. Review of proposed Ph.D. report to New York State Department of Education, 2005.

  • The City University of New York, The City College, NSF CREST Center for Mesoscopic Modeling and Simulation (CMMS), External Advisory Board Member, 2001-2005.

  • Chair, External Review Committee of Mechanical Engineering Centers in Portugal, FCT, Department of Science and Post-Secondary Education, Portugal, October 1997, September 1999, January 2003, April 2008.

  • International Centre of Heat and Mass Transfer Scientific Council Board Member, 2002-2006.

  • The Executive Women’s Council of Pittsburgh, 2002-2007.

  • University of Texas, Arlington, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, External Advisory Board Member, 2001-2008.

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