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Climate & Space staff members win Staff Incentive Awards

The pilot program is intended to reward and recognize staff and faculty who take extra steps to advance the College, whose achievements embody a forward-thinking approach to fostering College of Engineering values and help to build its culture.| Short Read

Three Climate & Space staff members were selected to receive Staff Incentive Awards in the first round of the new program launched by the College of Engineering. As part of the Michigan Engineering 2020 Strategic Vision, this pilot incentive program aims to recognize and reward people who embody Michigan Engineering’s values. This year, the focus is on the values of creativity, innovation, and daring.

Academic Advisor and Student Services Manager Lindsay Coleman, Research Administrator Cheri Johnson, and IT Manager Faye Ogasawara were the CLaSP recipients of this year’s award.

“Staff have always stepped up to look for ways we can improve! It is great to have an additional way to recognize that effort,” said Deborah Mero, the senior executive director of Resource Planning and Management. “They have done things like create new programs to support creativity, innovation and daring across the College; advance our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; provide more opportunities for professional development; and streamline business processes. We’re excited to see what improvements they’ll advocate for next.”


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