University Professor Cristina Amon receives 2023 honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo

Cristina Amon (MIE), Dean Emerita of U of T Engineering is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo, bestowed as part of its spring 2023 Convocation celebrations.

Amon is an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. A leader in computational fluid dynamics for thermal designs, she has made significant contributions to the field of thermal transport in nanoscale semiconductors, energy systems, EV batteries and biomedical devices.


In 2022, Amon was named a U of T University Professor, the University’s highest and most distinguished academic rank, recognizing unusual scholarly achievement and preeminence in a particular field of knowledge. The number of such appointments is limited to two percent of the University’s tenured faculty.

Amon’s role as Dean of U of T Engineering from 2006 to 2019 included the strategic and visionary leadership of more than 750 faculty and staff, and 8,000 students.

Under her leadership, U of T Engineering has become a global hub for multidisciplinary research, education and innovation, known for its strategic Faculty-wide initiatives, cross-Faculty centres and institutes, and innovative undergraduate and graduate programming.

During her deanship, U of T Engineering made tremendous strides in gender diversity, increasing the representation of women in the first-year engineering cohort from 20% to 42% and the number of women faculty from 19 to 56, with women in 13 major leadership roles.

She was appointed to the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Hispanic Engineer Hall of Fame, Royal Society of Canada, Spanish Royal Academy and U.S. National Academy of Engineering. She is a fellow of all major professional societies in her field and has contributed over 400 refereed articles to education and research literature.

Congratulations to University Professor Amon!

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