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James A. Kiefer Scholarship Fund endowed

The James A. Kiefer Scholarship Fund will support undergraduate students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. | Short Read
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James A. Kiefer (BSE Mathematics ’63, BSE AeE ’63) has generously provided a gift to endow the James A. Kiefer Scholarship Fund, which will support undergraduate students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.  

With a passion for aerospace engineering, Mr. Kiefer’s industry career focused on guidance system analytics/requirements and program management.  For the majority of his career, he worked with McDonnell Douglas, a major American aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor, where he had the opportunity to work in the South Pacific supporting tracking tests for an advanced radar.  After retiring, Mr. Kiefer continued to work for a start-up in Arizona, and then shifted to a consulting role for other organizations.  

Mr. Kiefer has four children, and currently resides in Mission Viejo, California.

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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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