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In Memoriam: Jim J. Sygo (1949 – 2018)

CEE mourns the loss of alumnus Jim J Sygo. | Short Read
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IMAGE:  Alumnus Jim J. Sygo

Jim J. Sygo (BSE ’71, MSE ’74), former Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018, at the age of 68.

Born July 16, 1949 in Dearborn, Michigan, Sygo earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meteorology and oceanography from the University of Michigan. He worked in the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for 35 years, including 13 years as Deputy Director. He spent many years working in the Saginaw Bay district office, waste management and environmental response programs in Lansing. Sygo retired in August 2016.

Sygo is survived by his wife, Sandra; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Matthew Joseph and Amanda Sygo and Jeffrey Thomas Sygo; four grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law; his mother-in-law; four sisters-in-law and their spouses; and many nieces, nephews and their families.

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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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