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Eta Kappa Nu awards Professors of the Year at St. George’s Day Feast

Prof. David Wentzloff, Associate Professor in ECE, and David Paoletti, lecturer in CSE, were chosen based on student input. Congratulations!| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Ben Vandersloot (HKN President, Fall 2014); Sarah Paris (HKN President, Winter 2015); Prof. Marios Papaefthymiou (CSE Chair), Prof. David Wentzloff (ECE Professor of the Year); Dr. David Paoletti (CSE Professor of the Year); Prof. Khalil Najafi (ECE Chair)

In an afternoon of food and fun, the annual department St. George’s Day Feast provided a welcome break for students in their last week of class. As part of the event, two professors were chosen as 2014-2015 HKN Professors of the Year by U-M Eta Kappa Nu, the local chapter of the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. Prof. David Wentzloff, Associate Professor in ECE, and David Paoletti, lecturer in CSE, were chosen based on student input.

The St. George’s Day Feast is a favorite tradition among students and faculty. On this day (the Monday before the last day of classes in April), the faculty serve lunch to all EECS students. The weapons and dragon symbols on the aprons recall the original St. George’s defeat of a dragon, celebrated widely in England on April 23. The ECE and CSE chairs, Profs. Kahlil Najafi and Marios Papaefthymiou, reenact this famous tale with authentic dragon look-alikes.

Prof. Emeritus Tom Senior, who joined the department in 1957, spoke about the day’s history. Prof. Senior started the St. George’s EECS tradition in 1987, and it’s been celebrated almost every year since.

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  • Performance
  • Men and sword
  • Group photo
  • Man speaking
  • Serving food
  • Marching
Vandersloot, Paris, Papaefthymiou, Wentzloff, Paoletti, Najafi
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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