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Professor Kamat awarded Huber Prize

Associate Professor Vineet Kamat has been selected for the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from ASCE.| Short Read

This prize recognizes ASCE members who demonstrate notable achievements in research related to civil engineering.

According to the award letter, Kamat earned the prize for his “groundbreaking research in civil engineering visualization with demonstrated applications in the construction, operation, and maintenance of civil infrastructure systems.” The selection committee particularly noted the success of his research leading to a start-up company named Perception Analytics and Robotics LLC (PeARL).

The award will be presented this October at the ASCE Annual Convention in New York City.

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