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Dr. Erik Petrovskis appointed to NRC Sustainability Committee

Adjunct Professor and CEE alumnus Dr. Erik Petrovskis has been appointed to the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Scientific Tools and Approaches for Sustainability.| Short Read

This recently appointed committee will examine applications of numerous scientific tools and approaches for incorporating sustainability concepts into assessments used to support EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) decision making.

Petrovskis has also been elected Principal at Geosyntec, which is a consulting and engineering firm that works with clients to address new ventures and complex problems involving the environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure. Petrovskis joined Geosyntec in 2004.

Petrovskis earned his PhD in environmental engineering from the University in 1995. That same year, he earned a Distinguished Achievement Commendation from the College of Engineering. Prior to his doctoral studies, he earned his M.S.E. in environmental engineering and his M.S. in environmental health science from U-M in 1992 and 1991, respectively. He was initiated into the U-M chapter of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society in 1991. He earned a B.S. (Honors) in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1983.  He holds three U.S. patents.

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