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UH Manoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching 2002-2006 Award Recipients

Manoa’s Meritorious Teachers

Carlos Coimbra, headshot

Carlos Coimbra
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Carlos Coimbra is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Coimbra’s teaching method balances clear exposure of fundamental concepts and careful selection of exciting problems, with one-on-one mentorship and research inclusion. Connecting the material in class with practical aspects of life is highly important.

Coimbra’s goal is to form stand-alone, confident engineers that can tackle any problem. Although technology in the classroom can be effective, he believes that nothing replaces a clear and lucid explanation connecting the mathematical tools with the physical problems.

When Coimbra started his academic career, he wrote out 10 important rules that he believed could transform an instructor into a great teacher. The outcome of applying these rules has surpassed Coimbra’s expectations and is reflected in the impressive achievement of his mechanical engineering students.

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching recognizes Manoa faculty members who have made significant contributions to teaching and student learning.

Select a recipient for more about that individual, or view the most recent winners.


Benjamin Bergen, headshot
Benjamin Bergen
Tep Dobry, headshot
Tep Dobry
Electrical Engineering
Gwen Naguwa, headshot
Gwen Naguwa
Scott Rowland, headshot
Scott Rowland
Geology and Geophysics
C. Alan Titchenal, headshot
C. Alan Titchenal
Human Nutrition


Sun-Ki Chai, headshot
Sun-Ki Chai
Jason Maddock, headshot
Jason Maddock
Public Health Science and Epidemiology
John Rieder, headshot
John Rieder
John Zuern, headshot
John Zuern


Kazi Ashraf, headshot
Kazi Ashraf
Carlos Coimbra, headshot
Carlos Coimbra
Lorrie Wong, headshot
Lorrie Wong


Michael Cheang, headshot
Michael Cheang
Center on Aging
Annette Sherry, headshot
Annette Sherry
Jenny Teruya, headshot
Jenny Teruya
Sylvia Yuen, headshot
Sylvia Yuen
Center on the Family