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I am Professor in the Department for Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, (DMEM) and initiator and Technical director of the Scottish Institite for Remanufacture (SIR), a pan-Scotland expertise hub for Remanufacture hosted by the University of Strathclyde. I gained a PhD in Remanufacturing from the University of Plymouth in 2002, and worked at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, from 2004 to 2007. I also hold a masters degree in Advanced Manufacturing Management and a bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering.
I joined the University of Strathclyde as a lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2011, to reader in 2017 then to professor in 2020. My research focuses on sustainable design and manufacturing, and to date has focussed on product end-of-life, particularly on remanufacturing. Here my research spans both product and process design with a view to enhancing remanufacturing potential.
Remanufacturing is a process of returning a used product to at least OEM original performance specification from the customer's perspective and giving the resultant product a warranty that is at least equal to that of a newly manufactured equivalent. Its key significance is that it harms the environment less than conventional manufacturing and can simultaneously have economic, environmental and societal benefits.
I initiated and lead the Remanufacturing Research Group at the University of Strathclyde, and have featured in more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. I’m also the founder of the Springer Journal of Remanufacturing and was its Editor-in-Chief for 10 years-from its launch in 2011 until 2020.
My teaching interests primarily focus on the theory and practical implementation of sustainable design and manufacturing for the MEng and MSc courses in Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management. I am also involved in teaching design, design and engineering applications, mechatronics design and applications, and advanced materials and production technology. I also supervise a number of students in individual projects.
My research is interdisciplinary, spanning across engineering, business, to the social and applied sciences. The long term goal of my cross-disciplinary research is to continue furthering knowledge in sustainable production, specialising in developing concepts, tools and techniques to facilitate sustainable design and manufacture through remanufacture. Remanufacturing has recently become globally critical because of its great potential to address environmental concerns (need to reduce waste during the material extraction and manufacturing processes), legislation (international agreement to reduce products’ and manufacturing processes’ environmental impacts) and economics (remanufacture is often a quality and cost effective option). However, there is a paucity of remanufacturing understanding, information, publications, as well as tools and techniques. I currently lead the UK's largest remanufacturing research group, specialising in holistic, interdisciplinary, practitioner-based research. In the long term I intend to further develop, and build the capacity, of my research team in the area of sustainable design and manufacture through remanufacture.
Expertise & Capabilities
- Sustainable Engineering
- Product End-of-Life
- Process Modelling
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Plymouth
Award Date: 1 Jan 2002
- Sustainable Engineering
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Large scale demonstration of new circular economy value-chains based on the reuse of end-of-life: FiberEUse (H2020-IND-CE-2016-17)
1/06/17 → 31/05/21
Nwankpa, C. E., Ijomah, W., Gachagan, A. & Marshall, S., 11 Jan 2021, p. 124 - 133. 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Proceeding › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile67 Downloads (Pure)
Design for automated inspection in remanufacturing: a discrete event simulation for process improvementNwankpa, C. E., Ijomah, W. & Gachagan, A., 3 Jul 2021, In: Cleaner Engineering and Technology. 4, 10 p., 100199.
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