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U-M Aero alum runs for Michigan governor

Aerospace alum Senator Patrick Colbeck has announced his candidacy for Michigan governor. | Short Read
IMAGE:  Senator Patrick Colbeck visits UM Aerospace in 2015.

UM Aerospace alum Senator Patrick Colbeck (BSAE ’87, MSAE ’88) has announced his candidacy for Michigan governor.

Senator Colbeck is currently finishing his second term in elected office; in addition to his civil service involvement, Senator Colbeck has remained connected to the aerospace community, developing systems for the International Space Station and instructing students at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp.

In 2015, Senator Colbeck visited the UM Aero Department to discuss emerging government legislation regarding unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and its impact on aerospace courses.


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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