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Steven J. Wright Receives Telford Premium

Professor Steven J. Wright and his two former PhD students (Dr. Jose G. Vasconcelos and Dr. James W. Lewis) were awarded the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Telford Premium for their paper. | Short Read

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Steven J. Wright and his two former PhD students (Dr. Jose G. Vasconcelos and Dr. James W. Lewis) were awarded the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Telford Premium for their paper “Air–water interactions in urban drainage systems,” published in Engineering and Computational Mechanics (September 2017).

The Telford Premium is part of the ICE’s Telford Medal program and recognizes some of the most impactful and rigorous papers published by the Institute.

This paper is free to view on the ICE Virtual Library in perpetuity to further knowledge and best practice in the field.

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    Steven J. Wright

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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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