Mulatu Lemma, professor of mathematics at Savannah State University in Georgia, has been selected as the 2023 Top Professor of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). The association honors professionals around the world based on professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities.
Professor Lemma has taught mathematics for more than 30 years, including the last 28 at Savannah State University. “My philosophy of teaching mathematics is to teach the students you have and not the students you wish you had,” said Dr. Lemma. “As a professor, you have to meet the students where they are and through teaching and mentoring elevate their level of understanding and appreciation for mathematics.”
Originally from Ethiopia, Professor Lemma earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Addis Ababa University. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Kent State University in Ohio.
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