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Frederick N. Rhines Fellowship Fund established

Dr. Walden C. (BSE Met.E. ’68) and Paula H. Rhines have provided a gift of endowment to establish the Frederick N. Rhines Fellowship Fund. This gift will support graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.| Short Read

Dr. Walden C. (BSE Met.E. ’68) and Paula H. Rhines have recently provided a gift of endowment to establish the Frederick N. Rhines Fellowship Fund. Dr. and Mrs. Rhines established this fund in honor of Dr. Rhines’ father, Dr. Frederick N. Rhines (BSE ChE ’29), and will support graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This gift qualifies for the Bicentennial Opportunity Matching Initiative.

Since 1993, Dr. Rhines has served as the CEO and chairman of Mentor Graphics, a leader in worldwide electronic design automation. He is a recognized spokesperson for the semiconductor and electronic design automation industries with over 40 years of experience in this field. His father, Dr. Frederick N. Rhines was an engineering professor at the University of Florida. He founded the Department of Materials Science and received the prestigious 1972-73 Scholar of the Year award by the University of Florida.

Dr. Rhines expressed, “My father and I both graduated from the College of Engineering, with degrees in Chemical/Metallurgical Engineering. We have both been grateful for the high quality education UM provided and the doors it opened for exciting careers built upon a foundation in materials science and engineering. I’m pleased that my wife and I can express our gratitude to the College by funding some of the education of future students.”

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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