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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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  • Advancing Steel Component Repair by Investigating the Surface Properties of Mild Steel Plates Coated with Alumina Using Metal Inert Gas Welding, Mwema, F., Shagwira, H., Jen, T., Wambua, J., Bodunrin, M., Akinlabi, E. 28 Jun 2024, In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series
  • 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. 1 May 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
  • 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 mechanical and physical properties of coconut fibre biocomposite reinforced with soya adhesive, Kumar, N., Buddi, T., Mwema, F., Durga Rajesh, K. 1 Apr 2024, In: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering
  • 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
  • Fabrication of Functionally Graded Materials through Severe Plastic Deformation of Powders: Process, Significance, and Future Development, Obara, C., Bayode, A., Mwema, F., Jen, T. 25 Mar 2024, In: E3S Web of Conferences
  • Matrix‐phase material selection for shape memory polymer composites: A comparative analysis of multi‐criteria decision‐making, Omosa, G., Mwema, F., Akinlabi, E., Jen, T., Mutua, J. 1 Jul 2024, In: Polymer Engineering & Science

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



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