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Two new faculty have joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering this semester: Wendy Shen, who goes by Wen, and Denizhan Yavas.

Shen joins the department as an assistant professor from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research includes the development of functional materials-based microelectronics for biomedical interfacing, agricultural sensing and structural health monitoring. She manages the Functional Materials and Devices Lab, for which she is seeking qualified doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars.

Yavas joins the department as a lecturer with more than a decade of experience teaching and researching in the areas of mechanical and aerospace engineering. His specific research areas include experimental mechanics, fracture mechanics, and the mechanics of adhesion and friction. He earned his doctoral degree from Iowa State University, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Middle East Technical University in Turkey.