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Ariel Sandberg is honored with a 2016 Twenty20s Award

Aerospace Engineering sophomore Ariel Sandberg has been selected as one of Aviation Week's Twenty20s for 2016.| Short Read
IMAGE:  Ariel Sandberg (middle) with the MXL solar panel research team.

Aerospace Engineering sophomore Ariel Sandberg has been selected as one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20s for 2016. This award, sponsored by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is awarded to 20 highly-qualified candidates from around the world.

Ariel is honored not only because of her academic performance but also because of her ability to and passion for communication her design and research developments to a broader community, and you can read more about her diverse contributions to the field below. Ariel’s accomplishments will be publicly honored at a special luncheon in the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

About Ariel:

IMAGE:  Ariel Sandberg

Ariel (Ari) Sandberg is an aerospace engineering major with a passion for public policy.

As a research assistant for Michigan Exploration Laboratory, Ari is spearheading efforts to improve methods of solar panel fabrication to increase the reliability of small satellites.

She also seeks out opportunities to advocate for and represent the aerospace community, interning at National Public Radio as a science journalist and advocating to Congress for continued NASA funding. She takes a special interest in encouraging female participation in the aerospace industry as a mentor for the Women in Science and Engineering Residential Program and as a founding member of the first dedicated women in aerospace organization on campus.

Starting in May, Ari will be co-oping at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena where she will be working on cable harnessing for the 2020 Mars Rover.

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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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