Position: Lecturer
Email:  fredrick.mwema@dkut.ac.ke

Research Interests

  1. Materials Engineering
  2. Surface Science, Engineering & Coating Technologies
  3. Severe Plastic Deformation
  4. Finite Element Methods

Academic Qualifications

 Qualification  Institution  Year
 PhD (Mechanical Engineering Science)  University of Johannesburg  2017 to date
 MSc. Mechanical Engineering Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology 2012-2015
 BSc. Mechanical Engineering Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology 2006-2010

Professional History

  • July 2015 to Date: Assistant Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
  • December 2014 – July 2015: Tutorial Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
  • August 2011 – December 2014: Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology


  1.  F.M. Mwema, Ngugi J. Mburu, Nzyoki Boniface Mutunga, Fondo Charo Kalama, “Development of Wood-Plastic Composite at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya”Vol. 5 – Issue 12 (December – 2015), International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA) , ISSN: 2248-9622 , www.ijera.com
  2. F.M. Mwema, Musau S.K, Ngugi, J.M (2015). ‘Performance assessment of local biomass powered cereal drier used by small-scale Kenyan farmers. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research, Published in May 2015 issue. http://www.ijstr.org/
  3. Melody Chepkoech, Ruth Mwongeli Muthoki, Charles Kimani, Mwema, F.M, Japheth Obiko (January 2016). ‘Design of Tapered Riser Using Basic Hydraulic Principles.’ American Journal of Engineering Research (AJER), Volume 5, issue 1, pp. 06-11. e-ISSN: 2320-0847 p-ISSN : 2320-0936. www.ajer.org.
  4. F.M. Mwema (January 2017), ‘Transient Thermal Modeling in Laser Welding of Metallic/Nonmetallic Joints Using SolidWorks® Software’. International Journal of Nonferrous Metallurgy, Volume 6, pp. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.4236/ijnm.2017.61001
  5. F.M. Mwema, Kiptoo Mathew, Shagwira Harrison, Obiko Japheth (July 2017), ‘Design Optimization of Angular Extrusion for Severe Plastic Deformation of Tubular Specimens’. International Journal of Mechanics and Applications, Volume 7, Issue 1: pp. 1-13. DOI: 10.5923/j.mechanics.20170701.01   http://article.sapub.org/10.5923.j.mechanics.20170701.01.html
  6. F.M. Mwema, O.P Oladijo, S Akinlabi & ET Akinlabi (May 2018) ‘Physically deposited Al thin films: Characterization and Properties-A Review’. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Volume 747, pp. 306-323. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.03.006
  7. F.M. Mwema.; Oladijo, O. P.; Sathiaraj, T. S.; Akinlabi, E. T (2018). Atomic force microscopy analysis of surface topography of pure thin aluminum films. Materials Research Express, Volume 5, Issue 4. https://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1591/aabe1b
  8. , E T Akinlabi, O P Oladijo, Jyotsna Dutta Majumdar (2019). Effect of varying low substrate temperature on sputtered aluminium films. Materials Research Express, Volume 6, Issue 5. https://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1591/ab014a
  9. F M Mwema, O P Oladijo, E T Akinlabi (2018).  Effect of Substrate Temperature on Aluminium Thin Films Prepared by RF-Magnetron Sputtering. Materials Today Proceeding, Volume 5, Issue 9/3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matpr.2018.06.423
  10. FM Mwema, ET Akinlabi, OP Philip (2019). Mechanical behaviour of sputtered aluminium thin films under high sliding loads. Accepted for publication in Key Materials Journal
  11. FM Mwema, ET Akinlabi, OP Philip (2019). Two-Dimensional Fast Fourier Transform Analysis of Surface Microstructures of Thin Aluminium Films Prepared by Rf Magnetron Sputtering. Accepted for publication in Lecture Notes, Springer
  12. FM Mwema, ET Akinlabi, OP Philip (2019). Fractal Analysis of Thin Films Surfaces: A brief overview. Accepted for publication in Lecture Notes, Springer
  13. FM Mwema, ET Akinlabi, OP Philip (2018). A Review of Finite Element Modelling of Nanoindentation and Micro-scratch Techniques in Characterizing Thin Films. Published in Conference Proceedings of 11th South African Conference on Computational and Applied Mechanics (SACAM) (Held in September 2018 at Vaal University South Africa) Volume 11, pp. 650-658. ISBN: 978-1-77012-143-0
  14. FM Mwema, ET Akinabi, OP Philip (2019). Evolution of microstructure and wear properties of aluminum thin films with sputtering substrate temperature.  Accepted for presentation during 2019 IEEE 10th International Conference on Mechanical and Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies. To be published in IEEE Conference proceedings 2019.
  15. FM Mwema, ET Akinlabi, OP Philip (2019). Influence of sputtering power on surface topography, microstructure and mechanical properties of aluminum thin films. Accepted presentation during the 8th International Conference on Advances in Civil, Structural and Mechanical Engineering-CSM, Birmingham City University, UK, 23-24 April 2019. To be published by Seek Digital Library 2019.
  16. FM Mwema, ET Akinlabi, OP Oladijo (2019). A Power Spectrum Density Analysis of Thin Films Based on Atomic Force Microscopy. A book chapter Accepted for publication in the book title, ‘Advanced Thin Films and Photoenergy Materials’, Edited by Xiao-Yu Yang and Nidhi Chauhan, Scrivener-Wiley Publishing. The book will be published in 28th February 2019. ISBN 978-1-119-58046-1
  17.  FM Mwema, ET Akinlabi, OP Oladijo (2019). Correction of Artefacts and Optimisation of Atomic Force Microscopy Imaging of Thin Aluminium Films. A book Chapter Accepted for publication in book title, ‘Design, Development, and Optimization of Bio-Mechatronic Engineering Products’, Edited by Kaushik Kumar and J. Paulo Davim, IGI Global Publishers. The book is expected to be published in March 2019. DOI:10.4018/978-1-5225-8235-9. ISBN: 9781522582359 
  18. Patent: A local pending patent of Biogas Bottling equipment: This is pressurized equipment for bottling small biogas cylinders. It is a joint invention filed for patenting