Dr. Mariappan "Jawa" Jawaharlal is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has been recognized as an outstanding educator for his innovative and engaging teaching pedagogy. He has received the Wang Family Excellence Outstanding Faculty Award, the prestigious award from California State University System, the largest in the nation comprising of 23 universities with over 500,000 students enrolled and 25,000 faculty members. He has also received Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest award given to an outstanding educator at Cal Poly Pomona, and Northrop Grumman Award for Teaching. He practices a hands-on, guided discovery approach to help students learn and provides his students with highly creative project experiences. He is the founder and director of Robotics Education through Active Learning (REAL), a unique K-12 outreach robotics program, which reaches thousands of students each year. The REAL initiative has inspired thousands of young students to pursue STEM education. He co-founded the Femineers (Female Engineers) program recognized by the White House for increasing educational outcomes and opportunities for female K-12 students. His interests are in the fields of education, biomimicry, entrepreneurship, and product design. He has brought many new products to the market from mere concepts. He is a Fellow of Biomimicry Institute. He has over 20 years of industrial, academic & entrepreneurial experience. He is passionate about education and writes blogs for Huffington Post. He has completed 25 marathons and recently ran across Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim.

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