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Monica Higgins Selected to Receive the Susan Lipschutz Award

Monica Higgins was selected to receive the Susan Lipschutz Award. | Short Read

The award recognizes Rackham students who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, a sense of social responsibility and service, and a lively interest in promoting the success of women in the academic community.

Monica is a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering (advisor, Terese Olson). Her research examines the sustainability of current groundwater remediation technologies, and investigates options for improving the environmental performance based on environmental chemistry.

Monica is actively engaged in mentoring, teaching, and community service. For the past several semesters she has worked as a Graduate Student Instructor. “I enjoy teaching and helping students to learn course material, but the moments that I remember most are those where students found a connection between the course material and their own lives,” she says. Monica’s passion for teaching and mentoring extends beyond the classroom to the basketball court where she serves as a volunteer head coach for a women’s high school basketball team.

Jay Guo holds a sheet of flexible transparent conductor on the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering North Campus. The material sandwiches a thin layer of silver between two “dielectric” materials, aluminum oxide and zinc oxide, producing a conductive anti-reflection coating on the sheet of plastic.

Making plastic more transparent while also adding electrical conductivity

Michigan Engineers change the game by making a conductive coating that’s also anti-reflective. | Medium Read