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Mary Lou Dorf named U-M Collegiate Lecturer

Dr. Dorf has made notable contributions to instruction through her reimagining of EECS 183.| Short Read

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to instruction, Dr. Mary Lou Dorf has been selected for distinction through the U-M Collegiate Lecturer Program. Her appointment as Collegiate Lecturer this year is a title she will retain throughout her affiliation at the University.

Dr. Dorf has made notable contributions to instruction through her reimagining of EECS 183, Elementary Programming Concepts, the introductory computer science course for students in all colleges outside of the College of Engineering. Under her guidance, the course has transformed into an interactive and inclusive experience that culminates in a substantial final programming project with an event to showcase the finished projects. Dr. Dorf has also been involved in a years-long program to expand the reach of the computer science program offered through the College of LSA.

Dr. Dorf has previously been recognized for her contributions to teaching and education innovation with the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize and the College of Engineering Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award. She has twice been nominated for the Golden Apple Award.

Dr. Dorf has a particular interest in engineering education and in opening doors for women interested in the field of computer science and is currently working on a number of projects aimed at increasing the number of undergraduate women who declare computer science as a major.

She has received a University of Michigan Third Century Initiative Grant for Computing CARES, a program to improve gender diversity in the CS and CE undergraduate programs by improving the climate for all students and increasing female student retention. She has also received an Academic Alliance Seed Fund award from the national Center for Women & Information Technology to develop and implement initiatives for recruiting and retaining women in computing.
Dr. Dorf received her Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Toledo in 1990. She joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2002.

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    Mary Lou Dorf

    Collegiate Lecturer

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.

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