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The Bob and Betty Beyster Building is dedicated

The Bob and Betty Beyster Building spans four levels and provides 60,000 square feet of offices, research labs, instructional space and common space.| Medium Read
IMAGE:   Bob and Betty Beyster Building Photo: Laura Rudich, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing.

Dr. J. Robert Beyster is a four-time U-M alumnus, founder of the largest employee-owned research and engineering firm in the United States (Science Applications International Corporation), and is the founder and president of the Foundation for Enterprise Development. His wife, Betty, is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, a member of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, and an active volunteer and philanthropist.

In recent years, Bob and Betty have contributed to the College in the areas of experimental biofuels, cloud computing and security, and gene therapeutics. They have also funded a class on employee ownership through the Center for Entrepreneurship. In 2012, Bob and Betty pledged $15 million to the College of Engineering to support graduate fellowships, capital improvements, and the advancement and study of employee ownership.

The Bob and Betty Beyster Building spans four levels and provides 60,000 square feet of offices, research labs, instructional space and common space.

It houses the College of Engineering’s Computer Science and Engineering faculty supporting computer science and information technology, and its open spaces provide wonderful opportunities for interaction between and among faculty and students.

The dedication of the Bob and Betty Beyster Building was held on April 11, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. and included remarks by the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering David C. Munson, Jr., President of the University of Michigan Mary Sue Coleman, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Division Marios Papaefthymiou, Graduate Student Research Assistant Shamik Ganguly and Dr. J. Robert Beyster and Mary Ann Beyster.

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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.

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