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On Giving Blueday help generate funding for U-M Industrial and Operations Engineering PhD students in honor of Professor Stephen M. Pollock.| Short Read
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U-M Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) PhD students and faculty excel at advancing engineering theory, methodologies and practices to optimize decision-making and improve all types of systems for the common good.

Professor Stephen M. Pollock has been a pioneer of this effort by applying decision analysis and other operations research methods to tackle a variety of real-world problems such as political redistricting, early infection detection, water pollution control, and automotive emissions testing.

Giving Blueday is the University of Michigan’s annual day of giving. Scheduled to coincide with Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving following Thanksgiving weekend. Each year IOE has the opportunity to highlight one fund as part of this collective effort. In honor of his many contributions to the field of operations engineering, this year the selected fund is the Engels Family Foundation Stephen Pollock Endowed Fellowship Fund.

Gifts to this fund will help support the next generation of engineering leaders by providing funding to IOE PhD fellowship students.

“Giving to this endowed fund will help support PhD students and create an enduring legacy in recognition of Steve Pollock, one of our field’s great scholars.” Brian Denton, Professor and Chair, U-M Industrial & Operations Engineering

Giving Blueday is a day for everyone who loves Michigan to join together to combine their support and maximize impact. The fifth annual Giving Blueday will take place on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 12:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Help support and attract fellowship funding for U-M IOE PhD students in honor of an outstanding teacher, mentor, and engaged scholar Professor Stephen M. Pollock. Thanks to a generous donor, the College of Engineering is able to match gifts to U-M IOE up to $3,000 on Giving Blueday!

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Cathy Boblitt
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Industrial & Operations Engineering

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1205 Beal Ave; 1821 IOE

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