Welcome, New Librarians!

Four new hires will strengthen the University Libraries’ support of teaching, learning, and research efforts in engineering and the sciences.

Julie (Xiaoju) Chen joined the University Libraries on August 17. In her position at the Sorrells Engineering & Science Library, she will be working as Library Liaison for Engineering and will initially focus her efforts with two departments: Engineering and Public Policy and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Julie recently earned her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. In 2016, she earned third place in CMU’s Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Jessica Benner joined the University Libraries on August 17. She will be working as Library Liaison for Computer Science, located in the Sorrells Engineering and Science Library. Jessica recently earned her PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Science in GIS and Remote Sensing – also from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Melanie Gainey joined the University Libraries on August 17. She will be working as Library Liaison to Biological Sciences, located in the Mellon Institute Library. Melanie comes to us from the University of California-Berkeley where she was a Postdoctoral Researcher. Prior to her position at Berkeley, she earned a PhD in Neuroscience at Brandeis University.  Her position at UC, Berkeley, and her doctoral work at Brandeis has given her experience in research labs as well as experience in working with graduate and undergraduate students.    

Huajin Wang joined the university libraries on August 23. She will be working as Library Liaison for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, located in the Mellon Institute Library. Huajin earned her PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Alberta. She also holds a Master of Science in Biological Sciences and has earned credits in a non-degree program in machine learning. She has also held a post-doc fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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