Ethio-American receives presidential honor
Mulatu Lemma (PhD), an Ethiopian American has been awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence by President Donald J. Trump. The mathematics professor of Savannah State University, from the historical black college in Georgia was noted among 12 recipients across the nation.
“Congratulations to Dr. Mulatu Lemma, an Ethiopian-American, on receiving a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, an award that recognizes those who have made significant contributions to STEM mentoring,” the local American Embassy tweeted a day after he was announced as the recipient.
The annual recognition highlights those who have shown unique contribution in mentorship in areas of STEM professions. The former university professor at Awash Junior College in Ethiopia, he has been teaching for over 25 years at Savannah University.
“This is a great honor for Dr. Lemma. I congratulate him on this achievement and appreciate his years of service dedicated to preparing Savannah State’s students for careers in STEM. Dr. Lemma and other faculty who create mentoring opportunities for Savannah State’s students help to provide a nurturing educational environment at Kimberly Ballard-Washington, SSU interim president, told The Savannah Tribute.
Mulatu is known for being a mentor of the local Ethiopian community in Georgia and has been active within the community, helping raise funds and take part in public initiatives benefiting the community. He is also seen as a role model among Ethiopian-American youth who want to pursue such a career.
In addition to his latest recognition, Mulatu is credited with helping to introduce a number series – the Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers – later named as the ‘Mulatu Numbers’.
Alumni of the Addis Ababa University, he later earned a PhD from Kent University and received various recognitions over the years, including teaching awards from Savannah University.
The Presidential Award of Excellence comes with a monetary prize of USD 10,000 courtesy of the National Science Foundation.