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 Provosts’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest award given to an outstanding educator at Cal Poly Pomona. He has also received numerous honors including Northrop Grumman Award for teaching and Innovative Educator Award. He practices a hands-on, guided discovery approach to help students learn. He provides his students with highly creative project experiences. His innovative teaching approach makes learning complex concepts simple as he relates them to everyday life.
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 is instrumental in creating the Femineer (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, entrepreneurship, product design and biomimicry. 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.