The Michigan Engineer News Center

Graduate students host workshop for young women

CEE graduate students Devki Desai, Lena Soler and Vanessa Acon helped run a bridge module for the Girls in Science and Engineering camp, part of the Women in Science and Engineering Program at U-M.| Short Read

The program is designed to increase the number of women pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Desai says she was interested in helping out because she realizes that playing with Legos and other constructive toys builds necessary intuition.

“When it comes to introducing middle-school girls to engineering, even a little bit of information can go a long way,” Desai says.

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