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Anna Michalak recipient of Civil and Environmental Engineering Award for Outstanding Accomplishment

CEE Associate Professor Anna Michalak was selected as the 2010 recipient of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Award for Outstanding Accomplishment.| Short Read

Associate Professor Anna Michalak was selected as the 2010 recipient of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Award for Outstanding Accomplishment, presented by the College of Engineering. Professor Michalak was chosen for her outstanding impact in all realms – research, teaching and service. Examples of her many accomplishments include: receipt of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in recognition of her high impact research that uses geostatistics to understand how CO2 sources and sinks influence atmospheric CO2 levels; receipt of the 2008 Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Outstanding Educator Award for her impact in the classroom; and appointment as co-chair of the US Carbon Cycle Science Plan committee (an unprecedented appointment for someone at her career stage). Her dedication to the multiple missions that reflect the duty of academics is outstanding. Please join us in congratulating Professor Michalak on her many accomplishments.

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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