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.
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
- additive manufacturing
- advanced manufacturing
- advanced vehicle systems
- biomedical manufacturing
- coatings & films
- devices and material manipulation
- far-from-equilibrium materials
- manufacturing workforce
- materials for energy efficiency
- renewable energy
Jayan project awarded $7.5 million
Jayan will lead the CMU team to learn about the effects of various types of energy radiation on electronic materials to potentially identify ways to engineer radiation hardened materials for use in space exploration vehicles.
Jayan contributes to book on women in mechanical engineering
MechE’s Reeja Jayan contributed a chapter to the new book, Women in Mechanical Engineering: Energy and Environment, published through Springer. Jayan’s chapter discusses the joy, risks, and hardships she encountered on the way to a career in engineering.
US Department of Defense
Jayan’s project receives DOD funding
MechE’s Reeja Jayan is involved with a project that was chosen for funding through the US Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative.
Students’ ingenuity automates scientific research
In an effort to modernize scientific research, CMU students used only commercial parts and the cardboard boxes they came in to build a modular robot able to autonomously conduct experiments.
One thing leads to another
Novel methods for making ceramics could abate environmental problems.
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.
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.
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.
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.