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Anthony Waas awarded ASME Warner T. Koiter medal

Aerospace Department Chair Anthony Waas has received the 2020 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Warner T. Koiter Medal for outstanding contribution and leadership within the field of composite materials mechanics.| Short Read

Established in 1996, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Warner T. Koiter Medal recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of solid mechanics with emphasis on the effective blending of theoretical and applied elements, and on a high degree of leadership in the international solid mechanics community. Warner T. Koiter had a distinguished career as an Applied Mechanician and Aerospace Engineer at Delft University, Holland and made pioneering contributions to the elastic stability of thin walled structures.

IMAGE:  Tony Waas, AERO Department Chair, chats with other guests at the AERO Centennial Celebration gala dinner at the Yankee Air museum.

Aerospace Engineering Department Chair Anthony Waas was awarded this honor “for outstanding contributions to the mechanics of composite materials, particularly analytical work, experiments and predictive modeling of compressive response and failure of composite structures; and for the development of computational tools for progressive damage and failure analysis of composite structures.”

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.

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