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Desmond Edem Primus KLENAM


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Desmond Edem Primus KLENAM

Researcher - Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

Born in Johannesburg South Africa

I am passionate about Materials and Metallurgical Engineering research. My areas of interest are:
Failure and fracture analysis of Metallic materials
Computational Metallurgy
Alloy development
Mechanical behaviour of Metals
Lightweight materials for transportation
Material Characterisation
I am passionate about the emancipation of economies of Africa. It is about time we train African people to solve African problems. Africa is a virgin land for active engineering and technical research. If our degrees cannot address the socio-economic challenges facing the world, then it is not worth it and we better burn or throw it away. University or formal education gives us the mental telepathy and the ability to analysis and critique issues in order to solve them and not compound or exacerbate them. Africa is faced with the challenges of POVERTY, EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE. I am interested in people who want to change the world and make it a bit better IN THOSE THREE AREAS. I am passionate about young people with a burning desire and raw innovative, creative and ingenious spirit to effect the changes they want to see in the world. Anything innovative and challenging I am up for it. Life is not about comfort but rather about progress in the direction of our assignments.

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Current Position(s)

Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Research | University of the Witwatersrand
2011 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Assist in organising tutorials and conduct of basic practical metallurgical tests such as Metallurgical specimen preparation for Microstructural analysis, Impact, Tensile and Microhardness testing

Previous Position(s)

Researcher | University of the Witwatersrand
2011 - 2013

Academia, Education and Training

The masters was two year intensive research where I conducted research on carburising and fatigue behaviour of austenitic stainless steels. I studied the mechanical behaviour of carburised austenitic stainless steels. The fractured surfaces of the tested specimen were also examined using different characterisation techniques.

Research/Teaching Assistant | Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
2009 - 2010

Consulting and Project Management

Assist faculty in curriculum planning, tutoring and assessment of courses such as Materials Processing, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Polymer Science and Principles of Materials Science

Intern | Fachhochschule Osnabruck ( University of Applied Sciences)
2008 - 2008

Academia, Education and Training

Assisted in the laboratory of Metallurgy and Material Characterization on Materials fatigue and industrial failure analysis. Acquainted myself with the following equipments:

Hardness testing (Rockwell and Vickers)
Mechanical testing (Tensile and fatigue)
Analytical Scanning Electron Microscopy and light Microscopy (fractured surfaces analysis)
Heat treatment processes
Specimen preparation for Metallographic analysis

Educational history


University of the Witwatersrand

2013 - 2016

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

University of the Witwatersrand

2011 - 2013

Master of Science (MSc) - Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

2005 - 2009

Bachelor of Science - Materials Engineering

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