The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. As a Fulbright grantee, Cotel will join the ranks of distinguished participants in the program.
Cotel will work at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. She plans to teach a course on sustainable infrastructures, specifically the use of natural ventilation for greater building cooling efficiency. She also plans to establish a student chapter for the Society of Women Engineers.
Her research activities will focus on understanding the correlation between physical and biological processes to quantify micro-algae productivity and bivalve distribution and recruitment in the St Lucia estuarine lake (UNESCO world heritage site) in order to preserve the uniqueness of that environment.