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2017 Design Science Seminar Series

During the fall semester, Design Science students had the opportunity to learn from four academics through the Design Science Seminar Series. | Short Read

This past month, Integrative Systems + Design offered students the opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s brightest minds through the third annual Design Science Seminar Series. Beginning on October 27, 2017 and continuing throughout November, the seminar series introduced students to four academic professionals who practice design science in their fields.

The 2017 series included talks given by:

  • Dr. Tahira Reid, ISD 2017 Alumni Merit Award Recipient and Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University
  • Dr. Nathan Johnson, Assistant Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions at Arizona State University
  • Dr. Matt Parkinson, Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University
  • John S Gero, Research Professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Krasnow Institute of Advanced Study

Seminar topics ranged from global energy challenges to hair-styling design problems, proving that this field of study knows no bounds. A Design Science education prepares students to step out of the box and excel as innovators. These inspiring speakers showed students just a few of the destinations to which this exciting educational path can lead them.

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