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CEE Alumna Melissa Wu endows new undergrad scholarship

CEE alumni endowed a scholarship fund that will provide need-based support for College of Engineering students. | Short Read
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Melissa Wu (BSE Civ ’03), along with her husband Brian Mount (BSE Comp ’01, MSE ’03) and her sister Michelle Wu (BSE ChE ’01) have recently endowed the Mount and Wu Families Scholarship.  This fund will provide need-based support for in-state, undergraduate students with a preference for those engaged in College of Engineering extracurricular activities.

Melissa Wu and Brian Mount reside in Seattle, WA with their two daughters. Melissa Wu is a wastewater engineer and project manager at CH2M HILL where she focuses on the development of wastewater infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. While at the U-M, she was active in several engineering societies including Tau Beta Pi, and was a member of  the club ultimate frisbee team.  Brian Mount is a Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft in Windows Experiences, most recently responsible for multiple HoloLens launch applications. During his time at the U-M, Brian was involved in Eta Kappa Nu, Epeians and the Michigan Marching Band.

Michelle Wu is the Vice President of Quality at Ximedica, a contract product development firm exclusively focused on the development and manufacture of medical devices and technologies, located in Providence, RI. During her undergraduate studies at the U-M, Ms. Wu was involved in a variety of campus activities, including the Pops orchestra and Tau Beta Pi.  She resides in Rhode Island with her husband and three children.

Melissa Wu, Michelle Wu, and Brian Mount
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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

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