TMI Seminar Series: Judith Jeevarajan, Ph.D.

Dr. Judy Jeevarajan is the Research Director at Underwriter’s Laboratories. She has worked in the area of batteries for more than 18 years with a primary focus on the lithium-ion chemistry. She has also worked on-site at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston. At NASA, she was the Group Lead for Battery Safety and Advanced Technology at NASA-JSC. Before becoming a civil servant at NASA in 2003, she worked for Lockheed Martin Space Operations.

She has an MS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame (’91) and she graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Electrochemistry) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1995. Dr. Jeevarajan worked for a small business company in College Station, TX for a year immediately after completion of graduate work. Following this, she worked for a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University on NASA projects.

She has written two book chapters, one on battery safety that was published in 2009 and a second one on commercial Li-ion cell safety, published in January 2014. Dr. Jeevarajan supported the Boeing 787 Investigation as a member of a Non-Advocate Review panel as well as an advisory member to the FAA and also supported an NTSB informational forum on Li-ion batteries. Dr. Jeevarajan has made more than 100 presentations at conferences and has won numerous NASA awards the most recent of them being the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the NASA-NESC Engineering Excellence Award.