Mujeeb Ijaz

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BornMay 18, 1967
Radford, Virginia
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materVirginia Tech
  • Entrepreneur
  • Engineer
Years active1990 - present
Known forBattery engineering systems
Spouse(s)Sabiha Deeana Ijaz
  • Deeana
  • Shazia
  • Ibrahim
  • Mujaddid Ahmed Ijaz (1937–1992) father
  • Lubna Razia Ijaz (1936-2017) mother
  • Mansoor Ijaz (brother)
  • Faysal Sohail (first cousin)

Mujeeb Ijaz (born May 18, 1967) is a Pakistani-American engineer. Ijaz is most notable for his innovative work engineering automobile fuel cell systems. Ijaz is also well known by his peers for his 15 year stint at Ford Motor Company, where he was the manager of electric and fuel cell vehicle engineering. He is also known for his ground-breaking work as Senior Director at Apple Inc.[1]

Additionally, Ijaz has been awarded more than 30 patents in battery-related technologies and energy management systems which have had great impact on the electric automobile movement globally.[2]


In 1992, Ijaz joined Ford Motor Company, where he worked for over 15 years as the manager of electric and fuel cell vehicle engineering.[3][4] Later in 2007, Ijaz led a team of experts in the development of Ford's Lithium-Ion plug-in hybrid - the Edge HySeries,[5] as well as lead the record setting Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 Land Speed Record effort resulting in a World's first 207 mph achievement powered by a 750 hp hydrogen fuel cell powertrain.[6][7]

Ijaz founded the A123 Automotive Solutions Group in 2008, leading to A123's initial public offering in 2010.[8] Ijaz then led the creation of A123 Venture Technologies.[9][10][11] Ijaz was responsible for the production of automotive applications for A123 including, the Fisker Karma, Chevrolet Spark EV, and racing applications in Formula 1 and the 24 Hours of LeMans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid.[12][13]

Ijaz developed new materials and cells which were used to power the Ohio State University Buckeye Bullet to a 307.7 mph land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.[14]

Ijaz joined Apple Inc. in 2014 as a special project engineer.[15][16][17][18]

Early life and education

Mujeeb Ijaz was born on May 18, 1967, in Radford, Virginia and grew up in Montgomery County, Virginia, Virginia.[19]

His father, Mujaddid Ahmed Ijaz, and mother, Dr. Lubna Razia Ijaz, were both scientists. His father was an experimental physicist and professor of physics at Virginia Tech.[20] His mother was a solar physicist who worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization to develop Renewable energy in Pakistan renewable energy programs in Pakistan.[21]

Ijaz received his Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech in 1990, where he majored in mechanical engineering.

Awards and honors

  • Ijaz was named Hometown Hero by local WDBJ7 for starting the Cheryl Quigley Memorial Run Cross Country, Track 1 mile and 2-mile distance.
  • In 2007, Ijaz received a merit award for the United States Department of Energy for his work validating hydrogen technology on the Ford Edge with HySeries Drive at Ford Motor Company.[22]


  1. "Mujeeb Ijaz's research while affiliated with Ford Motor Company and other places".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Historical and Future Perspective of Transportation and Energy Storage with Mujeeb Ijaz". University of Arkansas News. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  3. "Ford's Edge HySeries offers glimpse of future". ABC News. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  4. Abuelsamid, Sam. "With Mercedes Planning A Fuel-Cell Plug-In Hybrid, Here's Why Apple Could Go Down Same Path". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  5. "Ford's Edge HySeries offers glimpse of future". ABC News. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  6. Hammond, Lou Ann (2007-12-18). "Mujeeb I. Ijaz Fuel Cell Vehicle Engineering | Driving the Nation". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  7. "What is Apple's secret car project, code-named Titan?". Christian Science Monitor. 2015-07-22. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  8. "Here is the proof that Apple is secretly developing a car battery". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  9. "A123 Venture Technologies Agrees to Collaboration with MIT Start-up SolidEnergy - News". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  10. "EUNICE PROJECT". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  11. "Battery maker A123 Systems hopes new venture tech division will be part of its rebirth".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "A123 Systems Reorganizes And Names New CEO". 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  13. "January 2014 Battery Seminar: Meikle Capital & A123 Systems to Speak in Venture Panel | AltEnergyMag". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  14. "A123 Venture Technologies collaboration with MIT start-up SolidEnergy". Electric Vehicles Research. 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  15. "Apple poaches battery talent, in ironic twist — tilting at Tesla". Retrieved 2020-12-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. "Car Expert Mujeeb Ijaz poached to make Apple Electric Car". Australian Solar Quotes. 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  17. "Apple electric car rumours stoked by recent hire".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. "Apple sued by battery maker for poaching employees". Daily News. 2015-02-19. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  19. "OBIT - IJAZ Farouk Ahmed". The Roanoke Times. July 6, 2012. Archived from the original on November 7, 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  20. "Mujaddid Ahmed Ijaz, Nuclear Scientist, 55". The New York Times. July 14, 1992. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  21. "Lubna Razia Ijaz Scholarship". Virginia Tech, Department of Physics. Archived from the original on 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2013-11-23.
  22. "DOE Hydrogen Program: 2007 Annual Merit Review Awards". Retrieved 2020-12-02.

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