Portrait of Aline Cotel

Aline Cotel

Arthur F. Thurnau Associate Professor


119 EWRE, 1351 Beal Avenue,

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125

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Aline Cotel


  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1995
  • M.S., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1992
  • B.S., Ecole Polytechnique Feminine, 1991

Research Interests

My research group works on problems related to Environmental and Biological Fluid Mechanics, such as biofuels mixing in surface waters, green building design, stream restoration and fish habitats, entrainment and mixing in stratified environments.

Professional Service

  • International Programs in Education (IPE) Advisor, 2020-2023
  • For APS, vice chair of the committee on Educational and Career Outreach
  • Member, American Physical Society (APS)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union


  • 2016/2017 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to South Africa
  • 2016 Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship (The Thurnau Professorship recognizes and rewards faculty for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.)
  • 2015 Willie Hobbs Moore Mentoring Award (The Willie Hobbs Moore Mentoring Award is presented to faculty members who have made exceptional contributions toward recruiting and mentoring graduate students in the sciences from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds.)
  • 2015 Selected for the UM Library Exhibit on International Teaching – Poster on User Centered Design in Ghana and Liberia
  • 2014 Global Engagement Recognition Award (Sponsored by the University of Michigan Vice-Provost for Global and Engaged Education.)
  • 2012, 2009 and 2008 Visiting Professor, Institut de Mecanique des Fluides de Toulouse, France
  • 2012 University Undergraduate Teaching Award (This award recognizes faculty members who are exceptionally dedicated to the educational experiences of undergraduates, and who demonstrate this dedication through achievements and innovations in their own and others’ classrooms or academic programs.)
  • 2011 and 2002 Elizabeth Crosby Research Award (The Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Awards were created to help meet career-relevant needs of individual instructional track faculty that, if met, would increase the participation and advancement of women faculty in science and engineering at the University of Michigan.)
  • 2005 Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Excellence Award
  • 2005 National Science Foundation Career Award
  • 2001 James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award (Chi Epsilon, Great Lakes District) Chi Epsilon is the national honor society for Civil Engineering. The Great Lakes district encompasses 13 schools including other big 10 schools, such as Notre Dame, Purdue, MSU, and Ohio State.
  • CEE Departmental Award for “exceptional contributions to the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Michigan.” (2005-06).
  • National Science Foundation Career Award (2005).
  • Crosby Research Award (2002).
  • James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award (Chi Epsilon, Great Lakes District) (2001).


  • Cagney, N., Crameri, F., Newsome, W.H., Lithgow-Bertelloni, C., Cotel, A.J., Hart, S.R., and Whitehead, J.A “Predicting the composition of mantle plumes,” Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 435, 55-63, 2016.
  • Cotel, A.J. and Webb, P.W. “Living in turbulent world – a new conceptual framework for flow-fish interactions,” Integrative and Comparative Biology, 55, doi:10.1093/icb/icv085, 2015.
  • Cagney, N., Newsome, W.H., Lithgow-Bertelloni, C., Cotel, A.J., Whitehead, J.A. and Hart, S.R. “Temperature and velocity measurements of a rising thermal plume,” Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16, 579–599, doi:10.1002/2014GC005576, 2015.
  • Whitehead, J.A., Cotel, A.J., Hart, S., Lithgow-Bertelloni, C. and Newsome, W. “Numerical calculations of two-dimensional large Prandtl number convection in a box,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 729, 584-602, 2013.
  • Liao, J. and Cotel, A.J. “Effects of turbulence on fish swimming in aquaculture”, in Swimming Physiology of Fish, 2012.