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CEE students receive awards at COE’s Engineering Graduate Symposium

Four doctoral students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering won awards at this year's Engineering Graduate Symposium. | Short Read

Each year, the University of Michigan College of Engineering (COE) holds the Engineering Graduate Symposium, a college-wide event focusing on doctoral and master’s programs and graduate student research. This program is open to all COE undergraduate and graduate students as well as prospective graduate engineering students from other institutions. The day-long program, held this year on November 11, features numerous opportunities for students:

  • Poster presentations
  • Departmental visitations
  • Admissions and funding workshops
  • Networking with graduate students
  • Featured speakers

One component of the symposium is a competition–all students submitting abstracts are eligible. This year, four doctoral students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering won awards:

  • Elizabeth Agee (Climate and Space Sciences division. Adviser: Associate Professor Valeriy Ivanov)
  • Byungjoo Choi (Civil and Environmental Engineering division. Adviser: Associate Professor SangHyun Lee)
  • Jason Martinez (Civil and Environmental Engineering division. Adviser: Associate Professor Ann Jeffers)
  • Arthriya Suksuwan (Civil and Environmental Engineering division. Adviser: Assistant Professor Seymour Spence)
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