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Carol Menassa receives the 2017 Daniel W. Halpin Award

Associate CEE Professor Carol Menassa was selected as this year’s recipient of the Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction on March 7, 2017.| Short Read

ASCE Executive Directors, Thomas Smith notified Professor Menassa of this prestigious award which was established in 2011 by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Board of Direction. The award recognizes “individuals who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship that advances construction engineering as a science.” Professor Menassa was specifically recognized “for demonstrating outstanding scholarship in construction engineering through pioneering research and education in sustainable infrastructure and constructed facilities.”

Menassa’s research interests center around developing simulation models and quantitative tools to understand human impacts, evaluate risks, and assess environmental and social impacts during various life cycle phases of buildings and other constructed facilities. Menassa will be honored by the ASCE Construction Institute at the 2017 CSCE Annual Conference in Vancouver, where she will present the plenary Halpin Lecture.

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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