Dr. Yapici received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2007. He finished his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Bogazici University and moved to U.S. for pursuing graduate studies in 2002. During graduate studies, Dr. Yapici focused on the fabrication and microstructural design of advanced materials via severe plastic deformation techniques. He worked on several projects funded by NSF, AFRL, ONRL and DARPA.
His research interests lie in the area of processing-microstructure-property relationships of structural and smart materials through experimental investigation and computational modeling of the material behavior at micro and nano scale. Design for manufacturing and product development methodologies are his other interest areas. Dr. Yapici also conducted studies at the Materials Science and Technology division of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Before joining academia, he held research and engineering positions in energy industry specializing in the design of actuation systems for high technology downhole tools in extreme conditions. He authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented his research at numerous international symposia.