Prof Esther Akinlabi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research areas involves solid state welding - Friction stir welding and Laser Material Processing. Prof Akinlabi’s research in laser additive manufacturing involves the production of titanium based functionally graded composites. She is registered with ECSA and a member of SAIMechE. Prof Akinlabi is also involved with the Engenius programme in collaboration with ECSA.