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Prof. Esther Titilayo Akinlabi

Professor Esther Akinlabi is currently employed as Full Professor and Vice Dean: Teaching and Learning. 

In 2011, she obtained her doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth). Her doctorate research study was focused on Friction Stir Welding of dissimilar materials, Aluminium and Copper in particular for tailored applications in the electronic and electrical engineering. After receiving her doctorate degree, Prof Akinlabi joined the University of Johannesburg as a Lecturer and then became a Full Professor in May 2016. 

She has been recognised and ranked among the top four researchers within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment of the University of Johannesburg due to her stunning research publication output, supervision of students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and the attraction of external grants to the university. 

In the last six years, her research interest has been focused on the field of advanced and modern manufacturing processes. 

Her mentorship and research experience is enviable as she guides her postgraduate students through the research journey. She currently leads and supervises a research team comprising of twenty-eight postgraduate students and hosts seven postdoctoral fellows. In recognition of her research capabilities, she is a rated NRF researcher and has demonstrated excellence in all fields of endeavours. 

She is a recipient of several research grants and has received many awards of recognition to her credit. In 2014, Prof Akinlabi was the recipient of the University of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Awards as the Innovator of the year and she was also the recipient of Excellence in Engineering and Technology in Academia for Research award, awarded at the 2014 Women in Engineering and the Built Environment (WiEBE) Summit. She is a member of the South African Young Academy of Science and registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa. 

Lastly, she served as a reviewer to many international Journals and guest speaker to many academic forums. Prof Akinlabi has authored/co-authored over one hundred and sixty peer reviewed publications and filed two patents.