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Anna Michalak receives College of Engineering 1938E Award

Professor Anna Michalak received the College of Engineering 2009 1938E Award.| Short Read

The award “is presented in recognition of an outstanding teacher in both elementary and advanced courses, an understanding counselor of students who seek guidance in their choice of career, a contributor to the educational growth of his/her College, and a teacher whose scholarly integrity pervades his/her service to the University and the profession of Engineering.” Professor Michalak has brought three brand new courses into Civil and Environmental Engineering curriculum; all courses that she teaches were created and introduced by her. In addition, she has routinely received very high accolades from the students who have had the benefit of learning about geostatistics, uncertainty modeling and inverse problem solving in her courses. Professor Michalak will be presented the 1938E Award at the Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 28, 2009.

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GG Brown 2105E

The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read