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Aerospace Department Chair Anthony Waas Elected RAeS Fellow

Aerospace Department Chair Anthony Waas has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.| Short Read

Congratulations to Aerospace Department Chair Anthony Waas, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Fellow is the highest accolade that can be achieved in the Royal Aeronautical Society. In order to receive this honor, Professor Waas met three criteria: he has “made outstanding contributions in the profession of aeronautics, attained a position of high responsibility in the profession of aeronautics, and had long experience of high quality in the profession of aeronautics.”

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Anthony M. Waas is the Richard A. Auhll Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he has held the Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Chair since September 1, 2018. Prior to that he was the Boeing Egtvedt Endowed Chair Professor and Department Chair in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington, Seattle (2014-18) and Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Chair at the University of Michigan, (2009-2014). His research interests include computational modeling of lightweight composite structures, robotically manufactured aerospace structures, 3D printing in aerospace, damage tolerance of composites, mechanics of textile composites and data science applications in aerospace engineering.

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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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