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Chris Reynolds receives Aerospace Department Leadership Award

Aerospace Engineering senior Christopher Reynolds received the Aerospace Department Leadership Award and will be honored at a ceremony in April.| Short Read
IMAGE:  Aerospace undergraduate Chris Reynolds

Join is in congratulating this year’s recipient of the Aerospace Department Leadership Award, senior Christopher Reynolds!

To recognize his contributions to the department through academics, M-Fly, AIAA, and much more, Chris will be presented with this award and the $1000 prize it entails at a ceremony in April.

About Chris:

Chris Reynolds grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA in a small town where he became the first in his family to attend college. This semester, he plans to also be the first person in his family to graduate college and begin his Master’s next year at the University of Michigan in the SUGS (Sequential Undergraduate-Graduate Studies) program. His interests mainly lie in conceptual aircraft design and optimization along with structures. M-Fly has been one his highlighting experiences in the department and cites the people on the team who have had such a large impact on his growth. Chris helped begin Aerospace Day with the help of two other strong leaders in the department: Cauê Borlina and Rebecca Hill. Chris is also active in the college community promoting diversity and inclusion, specifically among first generation college students and socioeconomic diversity. “There are so many humble leaders in this aerospace community at Michigan that go unrecognized, yet they all exemplify the qualities of this award,” he said.

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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.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

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