PAULESI Former Director

Professor Esther Titilayo Akinlabi

Professor Esther Titilayo Akinlabi is a Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She assumed office as the Director of the Pan African University for Life and Earth Sciences Ibadan (PAULESI), Nigeria in July 2020. Prior to joining PAULESI, she had a decade of meritorious service at the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa. During her period of service at UJ, she had the privilege to serve as the Head of Department of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science and as the Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning for the Faculty. Her research interest is in the field of modern and advanced manufacturing processes – Friction stir welding and additive manufacturing. Her research in the field of laser based additive manufacturing include laser material processing and surface engineering. She also conducts research in the field of renewable energy, and biogas production from waste. She is a rated National Research Foundation (NRF) researcher in South Africa and has demonstrated excellence in all fields of endeavors.

Prof Akinlabi has supervised to completion 22 PhD candidates and 28 Masters Students. Her leadership, mentorship and research experience is enviable as she guides her team of postgraduate students through the research journey. She is a recipient of several research grants and has received many awards of recognition to her credit. She is a registered member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), Council for the Regulation of Engineering Profession in Nigeria (COREN), South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE), America Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). Prof Akinlabi has filed two patents, edited four books, published seven books and authored/co-authored over 500 peer reviewed publications.

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