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Release date- 02062014 - City University London has played an important role in the development of Dr
From 1999 to 2006, he successfully pursued MSc and PhD degrees in Aeronautical Engineering in the
He was recently appointed as a Reader in Composite Materials & Structures at
Kenyan-born Dr Njuguna is carrying out studies into nanomaterials - the particles released when materials start to break down and degrade. He is developing a benchmarking process for testing the safety of the release of nanomaterials from consumer products. Dr Njuguna worked extensively in the aerospace and motor sport industries before becoming more immersed in academic work nine years ago. He continues to work alongside McLaren and
nullWhy did Dr Njuguna decide to take up postgraduate aeronautical engineering studies at City in the late 1990s?
'I returned to study after working in the aerospace industry. At the time I worked mostly with composite aircraft parts and lightweight aircraft. City was known back then as one of the best places to study and do research in aeronautical engineering and I was already acquainted with a few alumni who were industry leaders in the 1990s such as the then managing director of
Dr Njuguna enjoyed studying at City and also recalls some of the challenges of the experience:
'City was a great experience. I enjoyed being in the aeronautical lab at City and also loved living in
For Dr Njuguna, who has secured
'The safety side of my work is very personal to me. Around 40,000 people are killed in car crashes in
He says the field of composite materials is exciting, offering opportunities for engineers:
'It is an interesting field, with every day being different. Today's materials will not be new in a year's time, so there are always new challenges and inventions. Engineering is a practical discipline especially in its applications and there are lots of opportunities to solve new engineering challenges. The problem-solving skills that one acquires in engineering are always useful in other disciplines.'
Since arriving in
'Composites are not very widely used within the oil and gas industry. However, there is great potential for them in this sector. For example, it is becoming harder to extract oil and the extraction process is now typified by high pressure and high temperature conditions. This raises two issues - the weight of the pipelines and their durability under these conditions. Composites seem to be a good solution for producing light weight and hard wearing pipelines.'
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