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Josh Colley receives Richard D. Woods Award

Graduate Student Josh Colley is the recipient of the 2013 Richard D. Woods Award for excellence in geotechnical engineering.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Josh Colley and Professor Richard D. Woods

The award is bestowed upon a first-year graduate student in Geotechnical Engineering who has distinguished himself with academic excellence and creativity in research, or exceptional leadership.

The Richard D. Woods Award is named after the researcher and educator, whose contributions to the development of soil dynamics and geophysical methods have long-lasting impact on the practice of civil engineering, and who has been educating students at the University of Michigan since the 1960s.

Previous award recipients can be found here.

Josh Colley and Professor Richard D. Woods
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