Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Jalaj Maheshwari

Jalaj Maheshwari CIRP
Research Project Engineer

Jalaj Maheshwari, MS is a Research Project Engineer at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He has worked at the Center in a student role as a Research Assistant since 2016.

Jalaj has extensive experience working in the automotive safety space, dealing with research questions centered on automobile crashes, occupant safety and protection, injury analysis, injury prevention and mitigation, crashworthiness, and human-machine interaction. He has worked on projects involving computational modeling of occupants in crash scenarios, occupant sled testing, assessing driving behavior using driving simulators, and data analysis.

His research interests are in applications of finite element (FE) analysis, biomechanics, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and robotics for safe autonomy. Jalaj has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS - Pilani (India), and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has a background in computational modeling and robotics. Jalaj can be contacted at

Research Interests

Crashworthiness, Biomechanics, Occupant Protection, Finite Element (FE) Analysis, Autonomous Systems, and Robotics for Safe Autonomy