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Gustavo Parra-Montesinos selected for research prize

Professor Parra-Montesinos was selected by the American Society of Civil engineers to receive one of the 2010 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prizes.| Short Read

This prize was in recognition of his “research on frame and wall structural systems that opened new doors of perception and enabled use of strain-hardening fiber-reinforced concrete, a highly effective composite, to improve the safety and behavior of connections and members subjects to intensive shear force.” Professor Parra-Montesinos was particularly noted for his landmark work on the shear behavior of frame and slab systems and exploration of the use of strut-and-tie models for application to design codes and procedures. The award will be given at the Joint NASCC and Structures Congress, May 12-15, 2010 in Orlando, FL. Congratulations, Professor Parra-Montesinos!

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