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Dr Fredrick Mwema

Research Fellow

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).  

Fredrick Mwema

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.  

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  • A predictive modelling strategy for warpage and shrinkage defects in plastic injection molding using fuzzy logic and pattern search optimization, Otieno, S., Wambua, J., Mwema, F., Mharakurwa, E., Jen, T., Akinlabi, E. 9 Mar 2024, In: Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing
  • Characterization of Polymer-Quarry Dust Composite for Structural Applications, Shagwira, H., Wambua, J., Mwema, F., Jen, T. 1 Mar 2024, In: Scientific African
  • Constitutive analysis of hot metal flow behavior of virgin and rejuvenated heat treatment creep exhausted power plant X20 steel, Maube, S., Obiko, J., Van der Merwe, J., Mwema, F., Klenam, D., Bodunrin, M. 25 Mar 2024, In: International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • 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
  • 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. 20 Mar 2024, In: Rapid Prototyping Journal
  • Vacuum-oxygen-low recycling process of aluminium composites manufactured from steel machining chips, Mwema, F., Wambua, J., Bodunrin, M., Jen, T., Akinlabi, E. 4 Mar 2024, In: International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Comparative Study on Hot Metal Flow Behaviour of Virgin and Rejuvenated Heat Treatment Creep Exhausted P91 Steel, Maube, S., Obiko, J., Van der Merwe, J., Mwema, F., Klenam, D., Bodunrin, M. 31 Mar 2023, In: Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
  • Density functional theory study of adsorption pathways of TiCl4 on Polyether Ether Ketone, Wambua, C., Sefadi, J., Mwema, F., Tanui, J., Jen, T. 1 Nov 2023, 2023 2nd International Conference on Multidisciplinary Engineering and Applied Science (ICMEAS), Piscataway, IEEE
  • Effect of process parameter interactions on short shot defect modeling in plastic injection molding, Otieno, S., Jen, T., Mwema, F., Mharakurwa, E. 1 Nov 2023, 2023 2nd International Conference on Multidisciplinary Engineering and Applied Science (ICMEAS), Piscataway, IEEE
  • Experimental and finite element simulation for thermal distribution in TIG, MIG and TIG-MIG hybrid welds, Abima, C., Madushele, N., Mwema, F., Akinlabi, S. 20 Jan 2023, In: International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing

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

 

 

Mechanical Engineering PhD October 31 2019

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