From left, Lehigh MEM alums Cosan Daskiran ’16G ’18 PhD, Rozhin Hajian ’14G ’18 PhD, Mustafa Usta ’16G ’18 PhD, Nathan Wagenhoffer ’19 PhD

This fall, four recent mechanical engineering PhD graduates have started the next stage of their academic research careers as tenure-track faculty members.

“Most faculty members will tell you that interviewing and being hired into an academic faculty position is a challenging experience, even in the best job markets," says Arindam Banerjee, professor and chair of Lehigh’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics.”Since many universities froze hiring in 2020 due to COVID-19, that process became even harder and more competitive. While some universities seemed to be hiring more aggressively in 2021, fewer openings still seemed to be available overall compared to pre-pandemic levels.”

Banerjee says the MEM department “is extremely proud of these four PhD graduates and all of their accomplishments. They have been prepared very well by their advisors and by the experiences that they have had at Lehigh. We wish them the very best at their new university homes and in all that they choose to pursue in the future.”

Read more about their research interests via the links below.