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Network for Women in Civil and Environmental Engineering releases video outlining organization’s activities

The Network for Women in Civil and Environmental Engineering (NeWinCEE), now in its third year, just released a video, available here, outlining some of its activities that are of interest to students.| Short Read

The Mission of the organization is “to promote excellence of women in the civil and environmental engineering graduate programs and the civil and environmental engineering Profession with emphasis in Civil Engineering where women participation is much lower.” As outlined in the video, the organization has been very active with strong participation from both student and Faculty in CEE. In the last two years NeWinCEE has established:

  • A one-to-one mentorship program for undergraduate and graduate students;
  • A series of invited lectures by distinguished women leaders in Civil and Environmental Engineering;
  • A summer research program that allows undergraduate students to participate in state-of-the-art research conducted at the University of Michigan;
  • A large number of mentorship sessions on topics of interest to undergraduate and graduate students with emphasis on their careers and excellence.

The organization has also conducted numerous additional activities and various surveys that help guide the network’s priorities. Students interested in participating in NeWinCEE’s activities can join the Network’s LinkedIn website or may contact either graduate student Qianru Guo at or the program Faculty Advisor, Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos at

The Network for Women in Civil and Environmental Engineering (NeWinCEE) was established in 2011 with funding from the Rackham Graduate School. In September 2013 the Rackham Graduate School renewed the grant for another two years. The PIs for this grant are Profs. Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, Avery Demond, and Nancy Love and Dimitrios Zekkos.

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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