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Mary-Ann Mycek is new Associate Dean for Graduate Education

Mary-Ann Mycek, professor of biomedical engineering and associate chair for translational research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been appointed associate dean for graduate education in the College of Engineering, effective September 1, 2016. | Short Read
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Mary-Ann Mycek, professor of biomedical engineering and associate chair for translational research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been appointed associate dean for graduate education in the College of Engineering, effective September 1, 2016. In this role, she will be responsible for the education and welfare of the College of Engineering’s graduate students and oversee 19 graduate programs, including five interdisciplinary professional programs.

Mycek has contributed groundbreaking research to the College of Engineering since she joined the faculty. She established the Biomedical Photonics Laboratory and has led a translational research program that employs optical molecular imaging, clinical optical diagnostics, and computational modeling to quantitatively probe living cells and tissues. Her research aims to impact patient care through non- and minimally invasive diagnostic technologies, and has diverse applications in disease detection and regenerative medicine.

Mycek’s contributions to research and education in the sciences and engineering have been recognized throughout her faculty career. As an assistant professor at Dartmouth College, she was awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a Mentor Recognition Award from the Women in Science Program, and was named the Edward and Joan Foley Faculty Fellow.

At the University, she received the BME’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishment, and was elected by faculty peers to the executive board of the Rackham Graduate School. She has served twice as BME associate chair, and in 2014, she was elected by peers to membership in Sigma Xi and the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

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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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