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Alumnus Thomas Murphy appointed VP and CTO of bridge engineering firm

Alumnus Dr. Thomas Murphy, who earned his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD in civil engineering at U-M, has been named the Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Modjeski and Masters.| Short Read
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As the firm’s newest principal and with nearly two decades of engineering experience, Murphy will continue to provide invaluable technical and managerial leadership to his colleagues for many of the firm’s complex and long span design projects. He formerly served as Senior Associate and Structural Project Manager.

“It is a great honor to have the opportunity to work with such talented colleagues both within Modjeski and Masters, and with our clients,” said Murphy. “I am looking forward to continued collaboration with a truly outstanding group of individuals as we solve our client’s challenges with enthusiasm and imagination.”

Dr. Murphy joined Modjeski and Masters in 2000 and continues to be involved in all stages of the bridge design process. He has played instrumental roles in key projects including the superstructure design of the I-74 Arch Bridges across the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois, the design of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s replacement for the Hawk Falls Bridge and he led the development of the AASHTO LRDF Guide Specifications for the Design of Pedestrian Bridges.

“Tom is truly one of the industry’s brightest and most talented engineers,” said Dr. John Kulicki, Chairman Emeritus and Senior Technical Adviser at Modjeski and Masters. “His dedication and expertise on all stages of the bridge design process has made him an invaluable member of the M&M team.”

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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