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In Memoriam: CEE Alumna and Triathlon Champion Karen McKeachie

Karen McKeachie (MSECE ’78) passed away on August 26, 2016. | Short Read

Karen McKeachie (MSECE ’78) was the victim of a fatal traffic accident on August 26, 2016. She was a champion and a pioneer in the triathlon world and an enthusiastic supporter and organizer of racing events, including many in Michigan.

McKeachie is credited with using her engineering knowledge to have designed the first-ever female-specific triathlon bicycle saddle.

She has innumerable impressive athletic accomplishments, including being a seven-time triathlon world champion, a 17-time triathlon national champion and she was inducted in the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2014.

Tom Demerly, who has written extensively about triathlons and cycling, published a summary of many of McKeachie’s accomplishment on the website.

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