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.
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
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.
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.
A path to the future, paved with ceramics
Reeja Jayan investigates how electromagnetic fields speed up ceramic fabrication, finding both challenges and great potential.
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.
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 Engineering.com for her work in creating more efficient ceramic 3D printing techniques.
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.
Su receives award from American Vacuum Society
MechE's Laisuo Su received an award for Best Poster Presentation from the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Vacuum Society.
Under 40, unlimited innovation
MechE Professors Reeja Jayan and Venkat Viswanathan were awarded 40 Under 40 Award from Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP.
Minecraft in the classroom gets media attention
MechE’s Reeja Jayan was featured in Ed Tech Magazine for her novel use of Minecraft as a teaching tool.
Jayan’s Minecraft teaching method featured in Firstpost
MechE’s B. Reeja Jayan uses Minecraft to teach materials science principles. Her game-based teaching method was featured in an article for Firstpost.