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Professor El-Tawil earns Richard R. Torrens Award

Professor Sherif El-Tawil earned the 2012 Richard R. Torrens Award for his outstanding performance as the editor of the Journal of Structural Engineering.| Short Read

The award is made in recognition of Richard R.  Torrens’ distinguished service and honors volunteer journal editors who have made outstanding contributions to the ASCE journals’ program. Achievements in categories such as journal competitiveness, turnaround time, growth, and creativity and innovation shown by the editor are recognized among other measures of accomplishment.

One of the oldest and most respected periodicals in its field, the Journal of Structural Engineering reports on fundamental knowledge that advances the state-of-the-art. It was established in the mid-1800s and is the flagship journal of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Journal’s Editorial Board is comprised of 54 leaders from around the world. Further information about the Journal and its mission can be found here.

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