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James D. Butt Scholarship Fund receives additional gift

The purpose of this fund is to provide need-based support to undergraduate students with preference given to entering or continuing students majoring in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences.| Short Read

Jim Butt (BSE IE ’53) recently presented an additional gift to the College of Engineering that will supplement the endowment fund, the James D. Butt Scholarship Fund.  The purpose of this fund is to provide need-based support to undergraduate students with preference given to entering or continuing students majoring in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences.

Mr. Butt is a committed alumnus to the U-M College of Engineering.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering in 1953 from the U-M, and received his master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1958.  Mr. Butt’s professional career includes serving as a US Air Force officer and retiring from a vocation with the State of Michigan Department of Public Health.  

In addition to establishing this scholarship fund, Mr. Butt has documented his intentions to include the University of Michigan in his estate plan.  Forever a Wolverine, Mr. Butt remains a proud supporter of Michigan Athletics.  Mr. Butt resides in Okemos, Michigan.

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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

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