The Michigan Engineer News Center

Michigan Student Steel Bridge Team is Top Ten at Nationals

Congratulations to our Student Steel Bridge Team! They took 9th place overall and 3rd place in Display at the 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition at Brigham Young University in Utah on May 27 and 28, 2016.| Short Read

The team earned their spot at nationals last April when the team attended the North Central Regional Conference and placed second overall.

Each year, in late summer, the annual ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition begins when the year’s rules are released. Teams then use the winter and early spring to design and construct bridges that conform to the year’s competition before competing with one another—in the competitions, the bridges are tested for stability, strength, serviceability, and numerous other attributes.

The Michigan team designed their bridge before fabricating the components using machines available in the machine shop on campus.

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