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In Memoriam

The NERS department is saddened to report the passing of three members of our community this year.| Short Read

The NERS department is saddened to report the passing of three members of our community this year. Our deepest sympathy goes out to their friends and families.

James D. Butt
College of Engineering alumnus (BSE IE ’53), NERS friend
June 3, 2018
Jim Butt was a great friend of the NERS department for many years. He generously funded the James D. Butt Scholarship Fund for undergraduates. He enjoyed meeting with the scholarship recipients and attended basketball games with some of them.

Jim was also a devoted automotive aficionado. He was a volunteer at the Oldsmobile Museum in Lansing, and we attended many enthusiast events together.
— Ron Gilgenbach, Chihiro Kikuchi Collegiate Professor

David B. Cooper
NERS alumnus (MSE 1958 Nuclear Engineering)
June 16, 2018

Dr. Ramon Garcia

NERS alumnus (BSE [Phys.] ’57, MSE NERS ’58, PhD NERS ’66)
December 13, 2017
Ray Garcia was my friend. When I entered the scary gothic halls of Michigan House in West Quad in the fall of 1963, I was greeted by an affable young man, who as resident director, had memorized all the faces of his incoming freshmen, and called me by name. That was doctoral student in Nuclear Engineering, Ramon Garcia.

We all followed different paths. Mine was to education and business, Ray’s was to Aerojet on the West Coast where he worked over thirty years. We kept in touch in the intervening years. Ray had tons of friends at the U of M. As the saying goes, everyone loved Ray. Ray Garcia was my friend.
–Jim Thompson (BA ’67, MA ’69, EdS. ’74, MBA ’79)

Portrait of Jennifer Melms


Jennifer Melms
Administrative Assistant

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

(734) 764-4260

1906 Cooley Building

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