Amy Hsiao

Dr. Amy Hsiao

(Director Since 2015)

F.E.C., P. Eng., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Professor, Faculty of Sustainable Engineering
University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, PE

 Dr. Amy Hsiao is a Professor at the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Hsiao's expertise is in the concurrent characterization of materials properties and processes for sustainable applications. She is active in applied research where Materials Science and Engineering contributes to innovations in Sustainability, specifically for renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, the circular economy, and biomedical-materials advances. Currently she leads projects or collaborates with industry on 3D metal printing using direct metal laser sintering, novel magnetic alloys for more electric vessels, leading edge blade corrosion and integrity, and novel self-healing coatings for marine and harsh environments. Dr. Hsiao's research interests also span into Entrepreneurship and Management facets; namely, strategic management in new product development, knowledge transfer of technology-based innovation, and analysis of new ventures in incubation and development. She enjoys and welcomes industrial collaborations related to accelerated corrosion testing, the engineering of novel coatings, and the characterization and selection of materials and optimization of material processes for various environments.  To date she has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and is the principal investigator or co-PI on both industry-led research collaborations and government initiatives that total over $6M. Dr. Hsiao's depth of scholarly service focuses on engineering education, engineering leadership, and the development of a sustainability mindset in engineering graduates and in the engineering workplace.

Amy is the recipient of the 2020 IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section Outstanding Engineering Education Award, a Fellow of the Canadian Engineering Education Association – L’Association Canadienne de L’Éducation en Génie, a Fellow of Engineers Canada, the recipient of The Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Prince Edward Island Advancement of Diversity in the Engineering Profession Award in 2018 and the 2014 recipient of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador Teaching Award.

Amy received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996, her M.S. and Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998 and 2001, respectively, and her M.B.A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2008.  She was a Chateaubriand Postdoctoral Fellow at L’ecole Normale de Superieure de Cachan (now ENS-Saclay) in France from 2001-2002.  Amy enjoys cooking, living by the ocean, and spending time outdoors with her husband, and practicing her Mandarin Chinese and French.

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