Prof Esther Akinlabi
Prof Esther Akinlabi's research has focused on the field of advanced and modern manufacturing processes like laser additive manufacturing, in particular friction stir welding and laser material processing. Her other research work is focused on laser metal deposition and functionally graded materials of titanium-based alloys and other materials.
She is a Y2 National Research Foundation-rated researcher and a recipient of several research grants from inter alia the NRF (SA-Zambia Research Grant), the CSIR (various), TIA, TESP-ESKOM, the National Science Foundation (US), the Royal Academy Engineering (UK) and several UJ grants.
Prof Akinlabi has a doctoral in mechanical engineering from Nelson Mandela University and was the 2014 recipient of the UJ Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Award for Innovator of the Year. In the same year she received the Excellence in Engineering and Technology in Academic Research Award at the Women in Engineering and the Built Environment Summit. She is a member of the South African Young Academy of Science and is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
Prof Akinlabi leads and supervises a research team comprising 31 postgraduate students and seven postdoctoral fellows at the University of Johannesburg. She has successfully supervised seven PhDs and 17 master's students. She has authored/co-authored two books, edited one and also over 200 peer-reviewed publications and filed two patents and has served as a reviewer to many international journals and as a guest speaker at many academic forums.