Skip to content
Provided by ASME Logo The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Esther Akinlabi, Ph.D.

Esther Akinlabi

Professor Esther Akinlabi is a Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She is currently serving as the Director of the Pan African University for Life and Earth Sciences Institute (PAULESI), Ibadan, Nigeria. Prior to joining PAULESI, 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 at the University of Johannesburg. 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. 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 registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA and ASME). Prof Akinlabi has filed two patents, edited two books, published seven monographs and has authored/co-authored over 500 peer reviewed publications.