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Professor Stephen Akinlabi

Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Stephen Akinlabi is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Northumbria University and holds a doctorate (D.Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to his appointment at Northumbria University, he navigated through the ranks at different points of his career in South Africa as a research fellow/lecturer/senior lecturer/ associate professor and he was appointed a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at First Technical University, Nigeria. Stephen was a visiting Associate Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Covenant University, Nigeria and a visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria.

Stephen is a Professional Mechanical Engineer with over Twelve (+12) years of industrial experience in the oil & gas industry before joining the academics and a registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), the South Africa Institution of Mechanical Engineering (MSAIMechE), the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE). He is a rated National Research Foundation (NRF) researcher in South Africa and has demonstrated excellence in his field of endeavour.

During Stephen’s academic career in South Africa, he was privileged to mentor both undergraduate and postgraduate students and early career/young academics in his research group. Stephen is a recipient of several grants in recognition of his contributions to the body of knowledge. He has supervised Seven (7) PhDs and Eleven (11) Masters to completion and currently supervising Twelves (12) Postgraduates and has co-authored over three hundred (300) peer-reviewed publications. Stephen's research areas primarily focus on Materials and Modern Advanced Manufacturing Systems and to date, he has supervised and worked with both undergraduate and postgraduates in the fields of Laser materials processing, Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing -LMD, functionally graded material; Welding processes - Friction Stir Welding, Laser welding, MIG & TIG Welding, Hybrid welding, Material Characterization and Mechanical Properties of Materials, Surface Engineering and Modifications. In addition, Stephen’s secondary research interest extends to Numerical simulation and modelling of manufacturing systems; Thin film and Modern Surface Engineering; Waste to wealth Management; and Renewable energy studies – wind and solar.

Stephen Akinlabi

Laser-based material processing and additive manufacturing; Characterizations and Mechanical behaviour of Processed materials; Mechanical and Manufacturing systems; Welding processes: Friction Stir Welding, Laser Welding, MIG and TIG welding; Advanced coating technologies and surface engineering; Numerical Study of Processed Materials; Energy Studies Renewable energy systems (wind & solar energy, Biomass); Waste Management of Municipal waste; Composite development from waste and reinforcement of Fibre; Composites with metallic powders.

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  • Effect of tool traverse speed on high strength structural AA6092/17.5 SiCp-T6 AMC friction stir welding, Acharya, U., Banik, A., Mwema, F., Akinlabi, S., Akinlabi, E., Roy, B. 1 Mar 2024, In: Materials Today Communications
  • Effect of Turning Parameters on Cutting Forces, Maximum Principal Stress, and Maximum Interfacial Temperature on Medium Carbon AISI 1045 Steel: Simulation and Comparative Studies, Wambua, J., Zoppi, G., Woo, W., Mwema, F., Akinlabi, S., Bodunrin, M., Akinlabi, E. 21 Jun 2024, In: Macromolecular Symposia
  • Evaluation of crude watermelon oil as lubricant in cylindrical turning of AISI 1525 steel employing Taguchi and grey relational analyses techniques, Kazeem, R., Fadare, D., Akande, I., Jen, T., Akinlabi, S., Akinlabi, E. 15 Feb 2024, In: Heliyon
  • Experimental and finite element simulation for thermal distribution in TIG, MIG and TIG-MIG hybrid welds, Abima, C., Madushele, N., Mwema, F., Akinlabi, S. 1 Apr 2024, In: International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing
  • Modeling of viscosity of composite of TiO2–Al2O3 and ethylene glycol nanofluid by artificial neural network: experimental correlation, Ajuka, L., Odunfa, M., Oyewola, M., Ikumapayi, O., Akinlabi, S., Akinlabi, E. 1 May 2024, In: International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing
  • Multi-response optimization of process parameters for sustainable machining of AISI 1018 steel with palm kernel oil-assisted minimum quantity lubrication technique, Kazeem, R., Aregbesola, D., Jen, T., Akande, I., Akinlabi, S., Akinlabi, E. 1 Mar 2024, In: International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing
  • MXene/Nitrogen‐Doped Carbon Nanosheet Scaffold Electrode toward High‐Performance Solid‐State Zinc Ion Supercapacitor, Chen, A., Wei, H., Peng, Z., Wang, Y., Akinlabi, S., Guo, Z., Gao, F., Duan, S., He, X., Jia, C., Xu, B. 12 Jun 2024, In: Small
  • Optimisation of Printing Parameters of Fused Filament Fabrication and Uniaxial Compression Failure Analysis for Four-Point Star-Shaped Structures, Wambua, J., Mwema, F., Akinlabi, S., Birkett, M., Xu, B., Woo, W., Taverne, M., Ho, D., Akinlabi, E. 17 May 2024, In: Rapid Prototyping Journal
  • Performance evaluation of hybrid biodegradable oils as a lubricant during cylindrical turning of AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel, Kazeem, R., Jen, T., Akande, G., Akinlabi, S., Akinlabi, E. 7 Mar 2024, In: AIMS Materials Science
  • Taguchi-Grey relational analysis driven multi-objective optimization of weld bead geometry and hardness in laser welded Ti6Al4V Alloy, Omoniyi, P., Acharya, U., Akinlabi, S., Jen, T., Akinlabi, E. 17 May 2024, In: International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing

Noah Elzathry Experimental and Numerical studies of Friction Stir Welded AA6061: Optimisation of evolving properties through Artificial Intelligence Start Date: 01/10/2023

I am currently recruiting PhD candidates that may be interested in the areas of my research fields.

In addition, students working in my field of research on bench work or exchange may contact me.

I am also open to collaborating with colleagues working in my area of research and Postdoctoral Fellows to develop innovative research.

  • Mechanical Engineering DEng April 06 2017
  • Law Related Studies PGDip February 25 2017
  • Mechanical Engineering MEng May 11 2005
  • Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) May 28 1997


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