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Research interests

  • Manufacturing Processes/Machining Operations (Drilling, Milling, among others) of various Materials, especially different Composites, Metals and Alloys.
  • Products/Materials Design and Manufacturing (Mechanical) Engineering
  • Materials Design, Development, Testing and Damage Characterisation
  • Machinery Design, Development, Testing and Optimisation
  • Manufacturing Process, Products/Process Design and Optimisation
  • Industry 4.0/Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA)
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D/4D Printing), among others. 

           using Experimental and Numerical/Finite Element/Analytical Modelling Techniques.

Teaching specialisms

Level 4 (Undergraduate):

#  4ENT1117/1118: Introduction to Manufacturing Technology (BEng)

#  4ENT1109/1110: Introduction to Manufacturing Technology for Technologists (BSc)

# 4ENT1163: Applied Design (BEng/BSc).


Level 5 (Undergraduate):

#  5ENT1030: Product & Project Management (BSc)

#  5ENT1055: Introduction to Design (Biomedical) (BEng/BSc)

#  5ENT1080: Project Management & Product Development (BEng)

#  5ENT1087: Engineering Operations Management (BEng/BSc).


Level 7/Masters (Postgraduate):

#  7ENT1064/1137: Integrated Product Engineering (MSc Taught Programme)

#  7ENT1129: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technology (MSc Taught Programme)

#  7WEN0013: Integrated Product Engineering (MSc Online Programme)

#  7ENT1072:  Postgraduate/MSc Projects

#  7WEN0003: Individual Postgraduate MSc Project.


Dr Sikiru O. Ismail is a Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering and Materials at the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire (UH), Hatfield, England, United Kingdom. He is a Module/Programme Leader of Degree Apprenticeship for Mechanical Engineering Awards and an astute Researcher. He is a member of the Materials and Structures, Energy and Sustainable Design Research Groups, Centre for Engineering Research (CER). He completed his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the School of Engineering, University of Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom, after obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in the same University, as a scholarship researcher with prestigious awards such as Paper Publication Prizes: Best Student Paper and First Place Awards at both School of Engineering and Faculty of Technology levels. Prior to his doctoral degree, he obtained National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria with Distinction Grade; Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering (Production) from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria with First Class Honours Division; and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Design and Production) from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State, Nigeria with Distinction Grade as well as Overall/Best Student in all his degree programmes, among other outstanding prizes. Also, he obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Hertfordshire, England, UK.

Moreover, Dr Ismail has several years of professional (industrial, research and academic/lecturing) experience, having worked in many sectors, which include but are not limited to universities, polytechnics, colleges and engineering companies. He has worked as a lecturer, internal moderator, module leader, research fellow, examination officer, project coordinator/supervisor, personal tutor, staff adviser in schools and maintenance supervisor in industries. His research interest focuses on subtractive manufacturing (machining: conventional and non-conventional/advanced - UAD, EDM, A/WJD, etc.), formative manufacturing (casting, extrusion, injection moulding, etc), additive manufacturing (3D and 4D printing) aspects of Mechanical Engineering as well as Products/Materials (Composites) Design and Manufacturing, with more emphasis on sustainable Biocomposite Materials Design, Development, Testing, Damage Characterisation, Optimisation and Applications, using Experimental and Numerical/Finite Element/Analytical Modelling Techniques. Therefore, research proposals for various degree (PhD/Doctorate, EngD, MPhil, MSc/MRes and BEng/BSc) studies and industrial collaborations on the aforementioned and/or related research interests are warmly welcomed.  He has successfully won some research grants/funding and scholarships. In addition, he has published/presented several articles in local/international conferences and reputable high impact factor journals as well as Book Chapters. He has successfully supervised both undergraduates and postgraduate students’ projects as a first/lead and second/co-supervisor. 

Moreover, Dr Ismail is a reviewer and editorial board member of many reputable journals, such as Advances in Mechanical Engineering (SAGE), Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology (Emerald Insight), Composites Part B: Engineering (Elsevier), Defence Technology (Elsevier), Engineering Science and Technology, an International Journal (Elsevier), Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology ((Emerald Insight), Journal of Vibration Engineering and Technologies (Springer), Journal of Investigative Surgery (Taylor & Francis), International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials (Inderscience) and American Journal of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (SciencePC) as well as conferences, among other academic/research institutions. Moving forward, he is a Guest Editor of the Applied Science, MDPI Journal, Special Issue on Non-conventional Machining and Machinability of Composites. He acts as an External Examiner/Panel Member of some institutions/Programmes, locally and internationally. Dr Ismail is currently a member of the Centre for Future Societies Research (CFSR) and Outreach and Networking Coordinator for Centre for Climate Change Research (C3R), UoH, England, UK. 

Furthermore, Dr Ismail is a Member of several national and international professional bodies. These include, but are not limited to, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), American Society for Composites (MASC), Association for Research Ethics (AfRE), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), African Engineering Education Association (AEEA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (Registered Engineer of  COREN), Ergonomics Society of Nigeria (ESN), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE), Environment Division of Nigerian Society of Engineers (EdNSE), Nigerian Corrosion Association (NICA) and Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM, Chartered). He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and Chartered Engineer of Institution of Engineering and Technology (CEng MIET). Summarily, Dr Ismail is a teacher and researcher, he is very passionate in processing excellence out of his students as well as solving engineering problems through cutting-edge research.

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering , BEng. (Hons) with First Class Honours, Development and testing of a rice polishing machine , Federal University of Technology, Akure

Mechanical Engineering Technology , ND with Distinction, Design and construction of an improved gas cylinder, Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo

Mechanical (Materials and Manufacturing) Engineering, PhD with Prizes/Awards, Machinability analysis of drilling-induced damage on fibre-reinforced polymer composites, The University of Portsmouth

Mechanical (Design and Production) Engineering , MSc with Distinction, Mathematical modelling of plastic waste pyrolysis kinetics, University of Lagos

Sciences, GCE with 9 Credits/Distinction at a sitting , General Certificate Examination (GCE) O’ level Examination, West African Examination Council

External positions

External Panel Member, Teesside University

24 Feb 2021 → …

Africa Prize Mentor, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE)

23 Feb 2021 → …

Guest Editor, Applied Sciences/Materials Journal, MDPI

27 Jan 2021 → …

External Examiner, University of Johannesburg

18 Jan 2021 → …

Invited, Keynote & Guest Speaker, Local and International Institutions/Universities.

1 May 2020 → …

CEng Mentor, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

17 Jan 2019 → …

Local/International Journal/Conference Reviewer and Editorial Board Membership, Several Elsevier (e.g. Composites Part B: Engineering), SAGE, Taylor & Francis, Emerald, among others Local/International Top Ranked Journal Publishers.

5 Jun 2018 → …


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