Faculty

Cristina H. Amon, ScD, P.Eng., FAAAS, FASEE, FASME, FCAE, FCSME, FEIC, FIEEE, FRSC, NAE

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Alumni Chair in Bioengineering

Research: Fluid dynamics; nano scale thermal transport; energy systems; electronics cooling; hemodynamics and transport in biological systems; engineering design and education.

Laboratory: Advanced Thermal/fluid Optimization, Modelling and Simulation (ATOMS) Lab

Email: dean@ecf.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3131 | Office: BA 2007

Research Areas

  1. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering
  2. Biomedical Engineering
  3. Energy and Environmental Engineering

Biosketch

Cristina Amon is Dean and Alumni Professor in Bioengineering at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Under her leadership, Canada’s #1 ranked engineering school has become a global hub for inter-disciplinary research and education known for its strategic Faculty-wide initiatives, cross-Faculty centres and institutes, and innovative undergraduate and graduate programming. Her commitment to outreach and diversity has set a new standard for Engineering schools worldwide: the number of women faculty members at U of T Engineering has doubled in the last decade and the Faculty celebrated an historic 40% women first-year undergraduate enrolment for its second consecutive year in 2017.

Prior to her deanship at U of T, Amon was the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon (until 2006). She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from MIT in 1988. Her research pioneered multidisciplinary thermal designs and made ground-breaking innovations to transient thermal management, optimization algorithms for renewable energy, nanoscale transport in semiconductors and biological systems. Her scholarly contributions are published in 16 book chapters and over 350 articles in education and research literature.

She has been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Hispanic Engineer Hall of Fame, National Academy of Engineering, Royal Academy of Spain and Royal Society of Canada, and elected fellow of all major professional societies in her fields. Additional accolades include the ASEE Westinghouse Medal, ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award and SWE Achievement Award, the highest honour.

Professor Amon received the Engineers Canada Award for the Support of Women in 2010, was named one of the YWCA’s Women of Distinction in 2011 and one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Women in 2012, and received the Ontario Professional Engineers Gold Medal in 2015 – the most prestigious honour for engineering public service, technical excellence and professional leadership.

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Nasser Ashgriz, PhD, JD, P.Eng., FAAAS

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Fluid and thermal systems, spray and multiphase flows; energy, combustion, and nuclear engineering; microfluidics, micro-droplet jetting; bio-fluid engineering and vestibular systems.

Laboratory: Multiphase Flow and Spray Systems Laboratory (MUSSL)

Email: ashgriz@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-3408 | Office: MC229

Research Areas

  1. Energy and Environmental Engineering
  2. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering

Biosketch

Dr. Nasser Ashgriz is a professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Prior to U of T, he was a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. He obtained his BS (1979), MS (1981), and PhD (1984) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, where he was the recipient of two Bennet Prize awards (1981, 1983) in recognition of outstanding scholarly work in Mechanical Engineering.

He has been a visiting scientist at several national laboratories including NASA Lewis Research Center and Phillips Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base. He has received several awards including the Ralph Teetor Award from Society of Automotive Engineers (1988), The Best Picture Award, from the American Physical Society (1988), the Best Paper Award, from the Combustion Institute (1992), and TOKTEN Award from the United Nations Development Program (1995). He is also the holder of a patent on MultiOrifice Impulsed Spray Generator, Patent No. 4,667,877. Dr. Ashgriz has been a member and has held offices in various professional societies (e.g., ASME K-11 Committee, "Heat Transfer in Fire and Combustion Systems," ASME Winter Annual Meeting, American Physical Society, the Combustion Institute, and the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems).
Aimy Bazylak, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy
Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE)

Research: Multiphase flow through porous media; microfluidics; thermofluids; clean energy applications; polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs); PEM electrolyzers, microfluidic fuel cells; carbon sequestration.

Laboratory: Thermofluids for Energy and Advanced Materials (TEAM) Laboratory
Computational Science & Engineering Discussion Group: https://arrow.utias.utoronto.ca/ccse/

Email: abazylak@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-5031 | Office: MC227

Research Areas

  1. Energy and Environmental Engineering
  2. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering

Biosketch

Aimy Bazylak received her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan, and her MASc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, where she specialized in numerical and experimental investigations of microfluidic and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Professor Bazylak is the principal investigator of the TEAM Lab, where she leads a talented team of postgraduate researchers. She is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) and also the Associate Director for the NSERC CREATE Program in Distributed Generation for Remote Communities (DGRC).

Her research interests include transport phenomena in PEMFCs, PEM electrolyzers, microfluidic fuel cells, multiphase flow in porous media, clean energy technologies, and energy sustainability. In 2011, Prof. Bazylak received the I.W. Smith Award from the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, and in 2012 she received an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario.
Amy Bilton, PhD, P.Eng.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Director of the Center for Global Engineering (CGEN)

Research: Energy systems; water purification and desalination; design for the developing world; computer-aided design methods; design optimization under uncertainty; control system design.

Laboratory: Water and Energy Research Laboratory (WERL)

Email: bilton@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-0622 | Office: MC311

Research Areas

  1. Robotics, Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  2. Energy and Environmental Engineering
  3. Applied Mechanics and Design

Biosketch

Amy Bilton joined the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering as an Assistant Professor in January 2014. She completed her BASc at the University of Toronto in Engineering Science (Aerospace Option) and her MS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautics and Astronautics. After completing her MS, Dr. Bilton worked as a Systems Engineer at Pratt & Whitney Canada and Honeywell Aerospace. She then returned MIT where she completed her PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics and continued as a Postdoctoral Associate.

Dr. Bilton's research lies at the intersection of developing theoretical design and control techniques and developing new physical electromechanical systems. Applications of her research include water purification systems, desalination systems, and renewable energy. Her current work is focused on deployment of a newly developed solar-powered water purification system in the developing world.
Andreas Mandelis, PhD, LEL, FRSC, FCAE, FAAAS, FASME, FAPS, FSPIE

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Diffusion-Wave Sciences and Technologies
Director, CADIFT

Research: Thermal and optoelectronic non-destructive techniques (thermophysics and photovoltaics); biothermophotonic and biophotoacoustic imaging science and instrumentation; cancer, dental caries, bone and blood glucose diagnostics.

Laboratory: Center for Advanced Diffusion-Wave and Photoacoustic Technologies (CADIPT)

Email: mandelis@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5106 | Office: MC334

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Energy and Environmental Engineering
  3. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  4. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering

Biosketch

Professor Andreas Mandelis is a Full Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering; Electrical & Computer Engineering; and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. Dr. Mandelis’ fundamental research interests are focused on studies of physical processes in condensed and biological matter as they impact instrumentation science and signal generation. Examples are thermophysics, non-radiative and radiative physics of electronic, optical and biomedical materials, photoacoustic, photothermal and diffusion-wave phenomena in manufactured, electronic, biological and photonic media. Current interests include building theoretical and experimental system foundations of biothermophotonic and biophotoacoustic transport phenomena and frequency-domain instrumentation for imaging in hard (dental, bone) and soft tissues, novel biosensors and high-performance diagnostic imaging techniques. Culminating in his work on the foundations of the field of photoacoustic and diffusion waves in matter, his applied research interests span all aspects of instrumentation and measurement development for photoacoustic, photothermal, and diffusion-wave high-precision, high-dynamic-range analytical techniques leading to advanced non-destructive (non-invasive) inspection and monitoring technologies. Current application examples are in the fields of alternative energy conversion devices (e.g. solar cells, nano-optoelectronic devices), industrial manufactured products (steels, metal composites) and biomedical and dental diagnostics with major focus on advanced dynamic imaging instrumentation.

Professor Mandelis is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Diffusion-Wave Sciences and Technologies and a Fellow in the Academy of Sciences of The Royal Society of Canada. He has been selected for the Alexander von Humboldt Professor Award twice (in 2003 and 2012). He is the 2007 (inaugural) recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Discovery Award in Science and Engineering. He received the ASME 2009 Yeram Touloukian Award (and Medal) in Thermophysics, the Senior Prize of the International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association, and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics. In 2010 he was awarded a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the recipient of the American Physical Society’s (APS) 2012 Joseph F. Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science and of the CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics. In 2013 he was selected as one of 10 recipients of the 2013 University of Toronto Inventors of the Year Award. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the APS, the SPIE, the AAAS and the ASME.
A. Wilhelm Neumann, Dr.Rer.Nat.

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Thermodynamics of contact angles, wetting and adhesion generalization of the classical theory of capillarity to high curvature situations; Applications of Digital Image Analysis and Processing to interfacial tension and other surface science problems; Modelling of cell and protein adhesion to synthetic and natural biomaterials; Applications of surface thermodynamics to biotechnological problems.

Laboratory: Applied Surface Thermodynamics (LAST) Laboratory

Email: neumann@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3052 | Office: BA8131B

Research Areas

  1. Energy and Environmental Engineering
  2. Biomedical Engineering

Biosketch

Dr. Neumann has received his Dr.rer.nat in Chemical Physics, at University of Mainz, Germany in 1962, his habilitation in Physical Chemistry of Surfaces, at University of Stuttgart, Germany, 1972. He is currently Professor Emeritus of the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto.

During his career he has produced approximately 450 publications. His research interests include: Fundamental surface thermodynamic studies from both experimental and theoretical points of view, including: contact angle phenomena and surface energetic; Development of novel methodologies in applied surface thermodynamics: Application of image analysis and computer-aided techniques in measurements of surface thermodynamic properties such as surface tension, contact angle, and line tension; Applications of thermodynamics to process of biomedical relevance: Novel methodology for the energetic characterization of biosurfaces, most recently in lung physiology, specifically the role and function of lung surfactants.