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Terese M. Olson receives the Jack A. Borchardt Award

Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair of Undergraduate Studies Terese M. Olson was honored at the Borchardt Conference on February 25, 2020.| Short Read
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Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Terese Olson is the recipient of this year’s Jack A. Borchardt Award, which is given by the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association “in recognition and appreciation of individual contributions toward the continuing education of drinking water and clean water operators, engineers, and public officials.”

Olson received the award at the 25th Triennial Borchardt Conference, held at University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School on February 25-26, 2020. 

Terese Olson holds the Borchardt award plaque
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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

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