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Professor Menassa receives NSF CAREER award

Assistant Professor Carol Menassa has received the NSF CAREER award, NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty.| Short Read

The award is given to those who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.

Menassa’s project is entitled, “Multi-Level Occupancy Intervention, Simulation and Education for Energy Reduction in Existing Buildings.”

The abstract states:

“Despite significant advances in technology, existing buildings are still the highest consumers of energy and emitters of harmful greenhouse gases. While it is argued that education and information sharing are appropriate occupancy intervention strategies for energy reduction, no empirical research has been done to understand: how different building occupants respond to intervention strategies; what occupancy characteristics influence this response; how to supplement education with other strategies to achieve long term energy reduction; and how simulation can be used to develop a functional and educational environment for building stakeholders. The goal of this CAREER proposal is to address this gap in research and education to achieve a fundamental understanding of what occupancy characteristics and social relationships play a key mediation role to induce significant energy use reduction in buildings.”

The award is effective in January 2014 and will continue through December 2018.

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