The Hawkins Memorial Lecture Series


Cristina Amon, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Bioengineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto; Advanced Thermofluids Optimization, Modelling, and Simulation (ATOMS) Laboratory

Lecture: Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 12:30 pm EDT
Reception & Student Poster Session: Thursday March 25, 2021, 1:00 pm EDT

Cristina Amon is Alumni Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining U of T in 2006, she was the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered at Carnegie Mellon University. She has pioneered the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics and the development of multidisciplinary multi-scale hierarchical modelling, concurrent design and optimization methodologies for thermo-fluid transport phenomena, with applications to thermal management of electronics and electric vehicles, renewable energy and biomedical devices. Professor Amon is a fellow of all major professional societies in her field and has contributed over 400 refereed articles to the education and research literature. 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 US National Academy of Engineering. Among her many accolades, she received the ASEE Westinghouse Medal, ASEE Ralph Coats Roe Award, ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, ASME InterPACK Achievement Award, EIC Sir John Kennedy Medal, and CSME Robert W. Angus Medal. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in 2012, the Powerful Women Trailblazers & Trendsetters in 2019, and received the highest honor for Engineers in Canada (2020 Engineers Canada Gold Medal) and Ontario (2015 PEO Gold Medal) for outstanding engineering public service, technical excellence and professional leadership. Cristina Amon is the founding chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council and has served on numerous editorial and technical conference roles, advisory and review boards in North America and abroad. She received her Mechanical Engineering degree from Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela, and her M.S. and Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

MULTISCALE HIERARCHICAL THERMAL MODELING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The next battery technology leap relies on novel thermal management strategies and packaging architectures, realized as intelligent battery thermal management systems (BTMS), which can optimally control the thermo-electrochemical phenomena occurring inside the batteries to maximize performance, minimize degradation, enable fast-charging protocols, and permit a seamless transition of degraded electric vehicle (EV) batteries into less-demanding second-life stationary systems. This presentation will address current engineering challenges and opportunities on EV thermal management, with a focus on our research on multiscale hierarchical design, modelling, and optimization approaches to overcome cooling and heating challenges across multiple physical domains, length and time scales; from battery electrodes, to battery cells, to battery packs, to EV thermal management systems. This presentation will provide a scale-bridging perspective across the following subjects: (i) sub-continuum modelling and thermal engineering of electrode materials for metal-ion batteries, (ii) characterization of anisotropic thermophysical properties and spatially distributed heat generation rates in battery cells, (iii) high-fidelity thermo-electrochemical modelling and simulations of battery cells and modules, and (iv) reduced-order performance-degradation models of battery packs and EV thermal management systems that enable thermally-safe fast charging and temperature-modulated battery life extension.  

History of the Hawkins Lecture

This annual lecture series was established in 1984 to honor the memory of George A. Hawkins, former Dean of the Schools of Engineering. Renowned for his many contributions as a teacher, researcher, and administrator, he retained a strong commitment to heat transfer and was instrumental in establishing Purdue’s eminence in the field. The lecture provides an opportunity for a leader in heat transfer research to present topics of broad interest to the University community. This series is supported by an endowment created with gifts from the Heat Transfer Area faculty at Purdue.

George A. Hawkins was born in Denver, Colorado in 1907. He attended the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Denver before coming to Purdue where he received three degrees. Dr. Hawkins earned his Ph.D. in 1935 and began an academic career that spanned 41 years. Promoted to Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1942, he was Dean of the Schools of Engineering from 1953 to 1967 and Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1967 until his retirement in 1971. In addition to his administrative duties, he continued with technical pursuits, writing several textbooks and more than 150 papers and articles dealing with heat transfer, thermodynamics, and other engineering areas.

For his technical, professional, and administrative contributions, he received many honors, including election as member of the National Academy of Engineering, Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and Honorary Member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He received the ASME/Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal in 1940. As dean, he was instrumental in effecting major changes in engineering education throughout the U.S., and was awarded the ASEE Medal for Distinguished and Meritorious Service in 1968. He was named National President of ASEE in 1970.

One of his strongest professional commitments was to the subject of heat transfer, and he had an important influence on establishing Purdue as a world leader in this area. In the 1930s and 1940s, he was, with William McAdams on the East Coast, M. Jakob in the Midwest, and L.M.K. Boelter on the West Coast, a major force in promoting the transition of heat transfer from an engineering art to a modern form of engineering strongly based on scientific fundamentals. His early work as a pioneer of heat transfer is well-documented. His program flourished, producing many outstanding graduate students who have enjoyed successful careers in industry, academia, and government.

Following his retirement in 1971, Dr. Hawkins continued to be active until his death in 1978.

Past Speakers

2021  Cristina Amon, University of Toronto
2019  Cynthia Hipwell, Texas A&M University
2018  Costas P. Grigoropoulos, University of California Berkeley
2017  Mehmet Toner, Harvard Medical School (photo)
2016  Suhas V. Patankar, University of Minnesota
2015  Kenneth E. Goodson, Stanford University
2014  Jean-Jacques Greffet, Institute Optique Palaiseau-France
2013  Jayathi Murthy, Purdue University
2012  Gang Chen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2011  Chung K. Law, Princeton University
2010  Arun Majumdar, U.S. Department of Energy
2009  Mamoru Ishii, School of Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University
2008  Paul Hommert, California Laboratories and Homeland Security & Defense Strategic Management Unit, Sandia National Laboratories
2007  Richard O. Buckius, National Science Foundation and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2006  Yogesh Jaluria, Rutgers University
2005  Massoud Kaviany, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
2004  Dimos Poulikakos, ETH Zurich
2003  John H. Sununu, JHS Associates, Ltd.
2002  Kenneth R. Diller, University of Texas - Austin
2001  Martin C. Jischke, Purdue University
2000  Robert G. Watts, Tulane University
1999  Vijay K. Dhir, University of California - Los Angeles
1998  David P. DeWitt, Purdue University
1997  Boris Rubinsky, University of California - Berkeley
1996  Frank P. Incropera, Purdue University
1995  John R. Howell, University of Texas - Austin
1994  Julian Szekely, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1993  Robert Siegel, NASA Lewis Research Center
1992  Richard C. Chu, International Business Machines Corporation
1991  R. J. Goldstein, University of Minnesota
1990  Raymond Viskanta, Purdue University
1989  Franz Mayinger, Technische Universität München
1988  Wataru Nakayama, Hitachi, Ltd.
1987  Chang-Lin Tien, University of California - Berkeley
1986  Arthur E. Bergles, Iowa State University
1985  E. M. Sparrow, University of Minnesota