B. Reeja Jayan is an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She also holds courtesy appointments in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering departments. Her multidisciplinary lab explores ways by which electromagnetic fields can synthesize materials hitherto unavailable to conventional synthesis routes. These low temperature processed materials directly grow on flexible, lightweight substrates, enabling structurally integrated energy and sensing. Jayan is a strong believer in game based learning methodologies that she uses extensively in her undergraduate and graduate engineering courses. Jayan is a recipient of the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2017 Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award, 2016 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award, the George Tallman Ladd Research Award, the Donald L. and Rhonda Struminger Faculty Fellowship, the Berkman Faculty Development Fund, and Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Award. Her research is also funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), and by private sponsors.

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Giving a Second Look at Materials, from Cellphones to Clothing


2012 Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

2008 MS, Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

2002 B. Tech., Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Kerala

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CMU Engineering

One thing leads to another

Novel methods for making ceramics could abate environmental problems.

CMU Engineering

Microwaving new materials

Reeja Jayan has made a breakthrough in our understanding of how microwaves affect materials chemistry, laying the groundwork for tailor-made ceramic materials with new electronic, thermal, and mechanical properties.

Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance

Jayan and Barati Farimani featured on norovirus project

MechE’s Reeja Jayan and Amir Barati Farimani were featured in the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance newsletter on their Norovirus Sensor project.

CMU Engineering

2020 Dean’s Early Career Fellowships awarded

Two College of Engineering faculty members have been selected to receive the 2020 Dean’s Early Career Fellowship in recognition for their exemplary contributions to their respective fields: MechE’s B. Reeja Jayan and EEP’s Alex Davis.

International Microwave Power Institute

Jayan gives IMPI keynote

MechE’s B. Reeja Jayan will give the keynote address at the 54th Annual Microwave Power Symposium on June 15. Her talk, “Why Microwave-heating is More Than Just Heating,” examines her exploratory research that lays the groundwork for using microwave fields to engineer new materials. 

Nakamura earns NIST NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship

Nathan Nakamura has been recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship Program. The program brings in research scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform advanced research related to the NIST mission. A member of Reeja Jayan's Far-From-Equilibrium Materials Laboratory, Nakamura has completed the Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering.

Scott Institute

CMU Engineering faculty awarded Scott Institute seed grants

Eight research projects lead by CMU Engineering faculty have been awarded 2020 Seed Grants for Energy Research by the Scott Institue for Energy Innovation.

CMU Engineering

Air Force partnership to fuse AI and materials research

CMU and Air Force Research Laboratory establish 5-year, $7.5M Center of Excellence in data-driven materials research.

Jayan and Ulissi named Scott Institute Fellows

MechE’s B. Reeja Jayan and ChemE’s Zack Ulissi have been named Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Energy Fellows.

Mechanical Engineering

Bergbreiter, Jayan win Army DURIP awards

Sarah Bergbreiter and B. Reeja Jayan have received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) awards to purchase vital laboratory equipment for current research and the development of new ideas and techniques.

Mechanical Engineering

Bergbreiter, Jayan receive DURIP awards

MechE’s Sarah Bergbreiter and B. Reeja Jayan have received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) awards from the U.S. Army. The award supports the purchase of laboratory equipment important for research projects.

College of Engineering names 2019 faculty award winners

The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the 2019 faculty awards. They include: Alan McGaughey, Paulina Jaramillo, Jana Kainerstorfer, Reeja Jayan, Carmel Majidi, Jonathan Malen, and Vijayakumar Bhagavatula.