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Lutgarde Raskin Selected as AEESP Distinguished Lecturer

Professor Lutgarde Raskin has been selected as the 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturer by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).| Short Read

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Lutgarde Raskin has been selected as the 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturer by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), in recognition of her excellence as both a researcher and educator and ability to give engaging oral presentations to members of the environmental engineering community and the general public.

Raskin will visit at least 12 institutions in her 2018-2019 lecture tour, giving at least one talk from two lecture topics at each institution. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Both of Raskin’s lectures will focus on managing complex microbiomes within the “urban water cycle,” the water and waste treatment facilities and networks of pipes that transport water and waste, and their associated microbiomes, between humans, the built environment, and the natural environment.

Within this microbiome continuum, microbial populations play positive roles through water treatment and resource recovery, but have negative impacts by causing disease and contributing to greenhouse gas production. Raskin’s presentations will argue that expanding studies of microbes beyond their specific habitats, and learning from interactions among and within microbiomes in different environments, will provide opportunities for improved management of our existing water infrastructure and development of sustainable technologies for our collective urban future.

Lecture 1: Can engineering controls shape the drinking water microbiome and reduce the risk of opportunistic infections?
Lecture 2: Converting urban organic waste streams into sustainable resources with novel anaerobic bioprocesses
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    Lutgarde Raskin

    Altarum/ERIM Russell D O'Neal Professor of Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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