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Congratulations to undergrad student Erika Jones, the 2020 Karen Bagley Albrecht Scholarship Fund Recipient

U-M Aerospace Engineering junior and member of Black Students in Aerospace, Erika Jones, receives the 2020 Karen Bagley Albrecht Scholarship Fund Award.| Short Read

Congratulations to U-M Aerospace Engineering undergraduate student, Erika Jones, on being awarded the 2020 Karen Bagley Albrecht Scholarship Fund!

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This scholarship fund grants support to undergraduate students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Founded by alumnus Karen Ann (Bagley) Albrecht (BSE Aero ’72), the grant will also be matched by the University’s Bicentennial Opportunity Matching Initiative. 

Ms. Albrecht led a successful career in the aerospace industry for 35 years. Her industry accomplishments were recognized by the U-M College of Engineering when she received the 2007 Michigan Engineering Alumni Merit Award in the Department of Engineering. Her legacy at U-M is cemented by the countless students who benefit from her scholarship award and contribution to the Aerospace Program. 

This year’s recipient, Erika Jones, is a junior at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where she is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Her interest in astronautics developed out of her passion for discovering the unknown outside of Earth through the medium of technological development. She finds it intriguing how devices are designed in a way that obeys the physical laws of the universe. She is a member of the Black Students in Aerospace (BSA), planning events that promote the understanding of the need for diversity and representation of Black students within the Aerospace community. Outside of her studies, she enjoys playing the alto saxophone in the Michigan Marching Band.

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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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