Advocate for women in engineering to present Lynda Shaw lecture

Cristina Amon is known as a trailblazer and titan of engineering on both sides of the border.

The Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and Alumni Professor of Bioengineering in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering since 2006, Amon will deliver the 2014 Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture at Western University on Thursday, March 13 at 12:30 p.m. in the Spencer Engineering Building, Room 3109.

Throughout her career, Amon, who also  has actively promoted engineering as a profession for young women, including such outreach initiatives as Skule™ Sisters, Go Eng Girl, and Women Empowered in Engineering. She has also earned a reputation for fostering collaborative student experiences and encouraging active learning and research excellence.

As the guest speaker at Western, Amon will discuss “Emerging Trends, Opportunities and Responsibilities for Engineering Education.”

Prior to her appointment at Toronto, Amon served as the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University.

In 2012, she was named one of Canada’s 25 most influential women by Women of Influence Magazine. She was inducted into the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Hall of Fame, a North American award that recognizes achievements that open minds to the contributions of Hispanics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

The Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series was established in memory of Lynda Shaw, a third-year mechanical engineering student at Western who was murdered near Highway 401 in 1990.

Shaw was a graduate of Centennial Secondary School in Brampton, Ont. where she received an Ontario Scholarship and was the winner of the school’s proficiency award in Mathematics and Accounting. She entered Western with an Admission Scholarship in 1987 and served for two years on the Mechanical Engineering Club Executive.

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