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Emeritus Prof. Nowak Awarded Honorary Doctoral Degree

On Nov. 15, 2017 Civil and Environmental Engineering Emeritus Professor, Andrzej (Andy) Nowak, received an honorary doctoral degree, Doctoris Honoris Causa, from the Politechnika Warszawska (Warsaw University of Technology), Poland.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Emeritus Professor Andrzej (Andy) Nowak, receiving an honorary doctoral degree

This is highest academic honor that can be awarded by a Polish university. Recipients are selected through a rigorous vetting process that requires the agreement of academics throughout Poland, while considering the candidate’s research contributions and societal impact within Poland. Professor Nowak is the 70th to receive this honor in the Warsaw University of Technology’s 100 year history.

Professor Nowak is one of the most eminent scientists In the field of structural reliability theory, especially in terms of bridges. Nowak’s achievements in this field have contributed to the emergence of a new generation of American standards for structural design, construction and engineering. His work also includes the development of a procedure for calibrating coefficients which have been implemented widely in the United States-the standard for bridge design as well design of concrete buildings.

During his long career at the University of Michigan, Professor Nowak was the director of Bridges and Structures Research Center of Excellence, as well as the Director of the International Program in the College of Engineering.

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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.

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