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Scholarship honors late Aero alum

The $150,000 gift will support full-time, College of Engineering undergraduate, with a preference to provide need-based assistance to students interested in pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering. | Short Read

The estate of the late J. Scott Grill (BSE AA ’64) has established the J. Scott Grill Scholarship Fund for Aerospace Engineers. Grill, a Grand Rapids, Michigan, native focused his studies on aeronautical engineering. He spent ten years working for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California.

The $150,000 gift will support full-time, College of Engineering undergraduate, with a preference to provide need-based assistance to students interested in pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering. Geographic preference will be given first to students from the West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) Charter HS in Grand Rapids, Michigan; second to a student from Kent County, Michigan; and third, to a student from the State of Michigan. The gift, which will receive a $37,500 match from the University’s Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support, coincides with the recent establishment of a partnership agreement between WMAA and U-M.

 This story was written by Byron Roberts. 
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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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