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Dr. Mwema has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg. His interests include thin films and coatings, surface engineering, severe plastic deformation, material characterization, Material Science, Finite Element Modeling, image analysis, and advanced manufacturing techniques. He has also worked on projects in 3D printing (fused deposition modeling). 

In his current role as a researcher at Northumbria University, he is working on innovative high entropy alloy thin film materials.  

Biography

Dr. Mwema is currently a Researcher (since March 2023) at Northumbria University, UK where he is working on high entropy thin film materials for extreme condition applications. He is also a Senior Lecturer, at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT), Kenya (currently on leave). He also served as Chair of the Department-Mechanical Engineering & Director of the Centre for Nano Materials and Nanoscience Research Center at DeKUT (for three years since 2020). He was a lecturer (2019-2021), assistant lecturer (2015-2019), and teaching assistant (2011-2015) of Mechanical Engineering at DeKUT. He has been a visiting student/researcher at the University of Southampton (2013), BIUST-Botswana (2018-2022), and IIT-Kharagpur, India (2018). He serves as an external examiner (since 2022) and has assessed several postgraduate theses and dissertations.      

In addition, he has supervised over 100 undergraduate students and 5 master's degree students (engineering). He is currently supervising 4 P.h.D. students and 5 Master's degree students. 

He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and books (according to his Scopus profile) in his fields of interest. He has almost 1000 citations according to his google scholar profile. He has written four books in the areas of Thin Films, 3D printing, and Material characterization. He has successfully filed two intellectual properties (IPs) with Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI). 

He is a registered member of ASME, IAENG, and a graduate engineer, of the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK).  

Further Information

As a teaching staff, Dr. Mwema teaches the following course units:

A. Undergraduate teaching

Engineering Drawing  & Design; Machine Design; Vibrations; Material Science; Engineering Materials; Experimental Stress Analysis; Materials Forming Processes; Mechanics of Metal Cutting; Manufacturing Processes-Traditional & Advanced; Strength of Materials 

B. Postgraduate teaching

Thin Films; High-performance materials; Advanced Computer-Aided Design; Micro-fabrication Techniques; Advanced Production Technologies; Materials Characterisations & Structures; Systems Modelling & Simulation

 

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, PhD, Characteristing evolving properties of Al thin films prepared via RF magnetron sputtering , University of Johannesburg

27 Jan 201731 Oct 2019

Award Date: 31 Oct 2019

External positions

Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology (MMUST)

1 Sept 202230 Aug 2024

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