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Staff member Steve Donajkowski receives CEE Staff Excellence Award

Steve Donajkowski received the annual Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Staff Excellence Award.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Pat Brainard and Jan Pantolin pose with Steve Donajkowski and his new Staff Excellence Award

Mechanical Technician Steve Donajkowski received the annual Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Staff Excellence Award in recognition of his excellence in fulfilling the responsibilities of his job.

The CEE Staff Excellence Award is presented based upon feedback from faculty and staff in areas of professionalism and reliability, communication, teamwork, job knowledge and work quality, initiative, problem-solving and decision-making, planning and organizing, and leadership.

Steve joined the CEE staff just over a year ago and truly hit the ground running. He exceeded expectations over the past year, developing strong working relationships with faculty and students as he fabricated research instrumentation or rebuilt, repaired, and modified equipment.

Congratulations to Steve on this award!

Steve Donajkowski Staff Excellence Award
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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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