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Associate Professor Dimitrios Zekkos receives the Rackham Faculty Recognition Award

CEE Associate Professor Dimitrios Zekkos has received the Rackham Faculty Recognition Award for his remarkable contributions to the university.| Short Read

Associate Professor Dimitrios Zekkos has been selected by a committee of senior leadership from different disciplines to receive the 2019 Rackham Faculty Recognition Award. This award is for mid-career faculty who have demonstrated remarkable contributions to the university through outstanding achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor; and distinguished participation in the service activities of the university and elsewhere.

Dr. Zekkos’s research topics are related to geoenvironmental engineering, soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering, robotics and informatics in geotechnical engineering, and energy processes. Zekkos is also an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and founder and CEO of ARGO-E LLC, a vessel for innovation and excellence by promoting new ways of thinking, implementing innovative strategies, researching, developing and implementing state-of-the-art technological tools.

The university will honor Dr. Zekkos at the Faculty Awards Dinner on October 30, 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.

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