The Michigan Engineer News Center

Geotechnical Engineering Graduate Students Receive Scholarships

Geotechnical Engineering graduate students, Adam Lobbestael and Clinton Carlson, recently ranked first and second place respectively in the United States Society on Dams Scholarship Competition. | Short Read

Clinton and Adam were funded by USSD and attended the United States Society on Dams 31st Annual Meeting and Conference in San Diego, California from April 11th to April 14th to make poster presentations for their research proposals and receive their awards. Adam’s research proposal was titled “Using Engineered Cementitious Composites to Enhance Risk Mitigation for Levee Systems” Clinton’s research proposal was titled A Ground Motion Modification Scheme for Earthquake Design of Dams & Earth Embankments. Adam was awarded the first place scholarship of $10,000 while Clinton received second place and $1,000 scholarship.

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