Cosman Helping to Bring Diversity to UC San Diego
Pamela Cosman, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego, was recently named one of just seven recipients of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards. Awarded annually by Athena, a not-for-profit devoted to supporting the professional growth of women in STEM, the Pinnacle Awards honor exceptional individuals who excel in recognizing, promoting, and mentoring women in STEM fields and professions. Cosman was recognized for her longtime commitment to promoting women in STEM, including her role in training university faculty hiring committees on ways to minimize unconscious bias, her research on inequities in how male and female job candidates are treated, and for her leadership as the PI of several major grants for promoting faculty diversity at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering. Cosman serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the Sloan-supported University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at UC San Diego.
The Pinnacle Award is not the first award Cosman has received this year in recognition of her success in promoting diversity and inclusion. In March, UC San Diego named Cosman a 2016 diversity champion. The award is given annually by the university to students, faculty, and administrators who have made a significant impact in promoting diversity on the UC San Diego Campus.