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Professor Karthik Duraisamy selected as Miller Faculty Scholar

Michigan Aerospace congratulates Professor Karthik Duraisamy on his selection as a Miller Faculty Scholar.| Short Read

Professor Karthik Duraisamy is confirmed as the third recipient of the prestigious Miller Faculty Scholarship. The award is in support of Duraisamy’s research and teaching in general, though he says that he will use it to expand his research into biomedical applications and that he has recently been in discussion on a UMich-Cambridge (UK) partnership along these lines.

“I have always been proud to be part of our amazing institution and cannot say enough about how much I have enjoyed working with students, faculty, and staff,” says Duraisamy in regard to his reaction to receiving the scholarship.

The non-discipline-specific Miller Faculty Scholarship is an honorary title awarded to a small group of the most accomplished assistant and associate professors in the College of Engineering. Established by alumnus Larry Miller, the recipient receives an endowment over a three-year term.

Joining the Michigan Aerospace faculty in 2013, Professor Duraisamy directs the center for data-driven computational physics and the Air Force Center of Excellence on Rocket  Combustor dynamics. His research focuses on developing computational models to analyze, design and control engineering systems. He intends to use the funds from this award to begin explorations on building better simulation models to understand how humans respond to stimuli, and investigate brain-computer interfaces.

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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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