Anita Todd Receives Prestigious Co-op Award

By:     Brandon Pytel
Date:  February 16, 2018    

Anita Todd, associate director in engineering education, receives the Alvah K. Borman Award for her commitment to students and cooperative education. 

Anita Todd and Gayle Elliot pose with award.

Anita Todd stands alongside Gayle Elliot, professor in career education, who nominated her for the award.

Many people pair the University of Cincinnati (UC) with its cooperative education (co-op) program, but few realize that maintaining this program’s success takes dedicated and passionate people. Anita Todd is one of these people.

At the annual Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration in San Antonio, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Cooperative and Experiential Education Division (CEED) recognized Todd’s commitment to students and co-op with the prestigious Alvah K. Borman Award.

“I am so thrilled to be recognized by my peers for the work I have done for my students, university and the field,” said Todd, who directs the Master of Engineering internship program.

The award, which honors no more than two CEED members every year, recognizes members who have “made sustained, honorable, and meritorious contributions to the promotion of the philosophy and the practice of cooperative education in engineering and/or engineering technology.”

Todd has had a passion for cooperative education since she was an undergraduate engineering student at Penn State University. Since then, she has served as an engineer, advisor and educator, all while promoting the philosophy and practice of co-op.

“I know what co-op did for me and what it can bring to others,” she said. “For some, it is an opportunity for career discovery; for others, it is a first step toward a career of their dreams; and for others, it is a means by which they can afford college. Regardless of the reason, it is very rewarding knowing I am helping students take the next step in their careers.”

In her current role at the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), she works directly with the Master of Engineering program, creating internship opportunities for graduate students. By tying in professional experience with academics, Todd gives these students the chance to establish professional connections and gain valuable experience in the field before graduation.

“Working with students is the best part,” she said. “I have been so lucky to work with so many amazing students, many who stay in touch and reach out for recruiting needs, even from my first years at Penn State.”

Todd’s leadership, passion and dedication to student success has helped build and maintain UC’s nationally renowned co-op program. Her efforts in putting students first reflect the university’s commitment to academic excellence. This award recognizes her many contributions to the engineering and cooperative education fields.