Dr. J. Letha has a long career of twenty seven years of service in teaching, research, consultancy and administration in the Department of Technical Education, Government of Kerala. She has been serving the Department of Technical Education of Kerala on various capacities: Director of Technical Education, Principal, College of Engineering, Trivandrum Dean, Faculty of Engg. And Technology, University of Kerala. Registrar, TEQIP. Dean PG Studies, Supervisor for Ph. D students. & Co-ordinator for research projects Nodal Officer (Academics) Technical Education Quality Improvement Project -TEQIP - It is a World Bank Aided Project), Government of India. Additional charge as observer to assist the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations in processing results and allotment of seats. Member of Board of Governors of : IIT (Madras), IIITMK(Kerala), NIT Calicut., University of Kerala, LBS Institute of Technology, SCT , CCE-Kerala, TKM College of Engineering and Pollution Control Board. Also, Syndicate Member CUSAT, Senate Member University of Kerala, Executive member Academic committee of Government of Kerala.
An expert in Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Engineering, she has presented papers in the R& D Sessions of the international conferences on Fluid Mechanics & Power held in New Delhi. Also she has presented a Paper at the International Conference on Coastal Environment at Ashurt, UK in 2007, May 19-21. She obtained her PhD from IIT Madras in 1996 in Hydraulics Engineering. The title being “Unsaturated Subsurface flow in Irrigation & Drainage”. She was the Gold Medalist, when she passed M.Tech from IIT Madras in 1983. She graduated in Civil Engineering from College of Engineering Trivandrum in 1981.
She started her career as a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at NIT Calicut in the year 1984. Then onwards, until now, she has served in various capacities as Assistant Professor, Professor, Head of the Department, Dean and Principal. . Since 1990 she has been active on various R&D programmes by guiding as much as 12 M.Tech. Projects, 5 PhD projects and a couple of R&D Projects. She assumed the office of the Director of Technical Education from 1st April 2011 and continued till she assumed as the Vice – Chancellor of the Cochin University of Science and Technology on 20th October 2014.