According to the University Record, Cotel is described as having a combined passion for teaching and dedication to student learning that is evident in her innovative pedagogy and commitment to international education and mentorship of women in engineering.
As a key member of the presidentially funded STEM-Africa Initiative, she engages both U-M students and African students in collectively improving engineering capacity in those countries, and she nurtures and sustains a West African network of female engineers.
A colleague praises her efforts because they “not only benefit our partner institutions in Africa, but also our U-M undergraduate and graduate students, who through her initiatives have accessed opportunities for experiential learning and developing international expertise.”
The Thurnau professorships are supported by the Thurnau Charitable Trust. Recipients receive $20,000 to support teaching activities, including travel, books, equipment and graduate student support.
To learn more about the Thurnau Professorships, please visit record.umich.edu.