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Congratulations to Krzysztof Fidkowski

Sigma Gamma Tau named Professor Krzysztof Fidkowski as recipient of the 2015 Silver Shaft Award.| Short Read

Sigma Gamma Tau named Professor Krzysztof Fidkowski as recipient of the 2015 Silver Shaft Award! Aerospace engineering students elected Prof. Fidkowski, the faculty member who best demonstrated the qualities of “exceptional student instruction, clarity, sincerity and enthusiasm for aerospace.”

Professor Fidkowski’s research interests include robust algorithms for computational fluid dynamics, geometry management and mesh generation, parallel computation, large-scale model reduction, output-based error estimation, and design under uncertainty. Learn more about Prof. Fidkowski.

This story was written by Chaaru Raghavan.

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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.

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