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Two CEE PhD students receive Dow Sustainability Fellowships

CEE students Cassandra Champagne and Morteza Taiebat have been named 2019 Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellows.| Short Read
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PhD students Cassandra Champagne and Morteza Taiebat have been named Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellows. They are among eleven doctoral candidates, all from the University of Michigan schools and colleges. Each new Fellow will receive up to $15,000 to help support their research in the coming year.

Champagne’s research centers on sustainability and resiliency in the geoenvironmental engineering field and the solid waste industry. She is advised by CEE Associate Professor Dimitrios Zekkos.

Taiebat’s research focuses on assessing the energy, environmental, and sustainability impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) and investigating the policy mechanisms that would promote sustainable adoption of this technology. He is advised by CEE Professor Henry Liu and affiliated CEE Associate Professor Ming Xu, also of the School for Environment and Sustainability.

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IMAGE:  Morteza Taiebat

Dow Doctoral Fellows join a community of more than 1,000 sustainability scholars devoted to developing and implementing practical and innovative ideas. Dow Fellows seek to become sustainability leaders in academia, business, government, and non-governmental organizations. Fellows focus on interdisciplinary approaches to a broad array of sustainability challenges related to water, energy, transportation, built environment, climate change, food, health, human behavior, and others.

Awards are funded through a combination of support from the Dow Fellows program and the fellow’s home school/college and are administered by the fellow’s home school/college. This is the fifth cohort of Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellows at U-M, and they will participate in the program from January to December 2019.

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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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