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Professor Sherif El-Tawil Elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Professor Sherif El-Tawil was elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).| Short Read

Professor Sherif El-Tawil was elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE Fellows occupy the Society’s second-highest membership grade, exceeded only by Honorary Members. Fellows are practitioners, educators, mentors, and most of all leaders. They have distinguished careers that have contributed significantly to the Civil Engineering profession. The accomplishments of Fellows have left their marks on their communities, society, and future engineering professionals.

Professor El-Tawil’s research focuses on building and bridge behavior under the extreme loading conditions generated by manmade and natural hazards. He is actively investigating how to utilize new materials and technologies to create innovative structural systems that mitigate the potentially catastrophic effects of extreme loading. Professor El-Tawil is also very active in his service to the profession. He currently serves as Chief Editor for ASCE’s Journal of Structural Engineering and is a member of several technical committees within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

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