Reeja Jayan is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering. She has courtesy appointments in Materials Science and Engineering and in Chemical Engineering. She was previously a postdoctoral associate in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working under the supervision of Professor Karen Gleason. She received her M.S. in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), working with Professor Arumugam Manthiram.

Jayan leads a multidisciplinary lab engaged in the molecular-scale design and synthesis of organic (polymer), inorganic (ceramic), and organic-inorganic hybrid thin film materials for applications in energy generation, energy storage, and biosensing. Her work has resulted in 18 peer-reviewed journal publications and the filing of four patent applications. She received the Cockrell School of Engineering Student Leadership Award from UT-Austin, a doctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and the H.H. Maharaja of Cochin Endowment Prize from the University of Kerala, India. She is also a member of the MIT Innovation Initiative and a co-founder of the MIT Think Tank, an organization geared towards interdisciplinary problem solving.

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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

Media mentions

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.

CMU 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.

CMU Engineering

A path to the future, paved with ceramics

Reeja Jayan investigates how electromagnetic fields speed up ceramic fabrication, finding both challenges and great potential.

MRS Bulletin

Jayan comments on flash-sintered ceramics research

MechE’s Reeja Jayan was quoted in an MRS Bulletin article about ceramics research. She was impressed by the work of Purdue University researchers who observed dislocations within the microstructure of flash-sintered ceramics.


Jayan discusses the future of ceramics processing

MechE’s B. Reeja Jayan was interviewed by gb&d about her research on using electromagnetic waves for ceramic 3-D printing.

Next Manufacturing

GB&D speaks with Jayan

MechE’s Reeja Jayan spoke with GB&D about how electromagnetic fields speed up ceramic fabrication.

CMU Engineering

Taking down the heat

Far from kilns or furnaces, Edgar Mendoza researches how to 3D print ceramics.

Jayan lauded as pioneer in 3D printed ceramics

MechE’s B. Reeja Jayan was recognized as an innovator in 3D printing by for her work in creating more efficient ceramic 3D printing techniques.

CMU Engineering

Is 3-D printing the future for ceramics?

MechE’s B. Reeja Jayan has been awarded the NSF CAREER Award and $500,000 to pursue research in creating 3-D printing ceramics, and create an integrated research and game-based education plan.