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Akilu obtained his first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. He then joined LafargeHolcim Cement PLC, first as a junior Methods/Reliability engineer and later as the Maintenance Team Leader on a multi-million pounds coal grinding plant project.

In 2008, Akilu moved to the UK for his MSc in Maintenance Engineering and Asset Management (now known as Reliability Engineering and Asset Management) at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE). Upon completing his MSc in 2009, Akilu rejoined LafargeHolcim where he served as training and learning manager; health and safety manager; and maintenance manager.

In late 2012, Akilu returned to the University of Manchester for his PhD in Condition Monitoring of Rotating Machines, with particular interest in the development of data fusion techniques that can simplify fault detection and classification. During this time, he authored and reviewed several research articles published in internationally recognised journals and conference proceedings. Akilu has been a lecturer in Plant Reliability and Maintenance Engineering within the School of MACE since November 2015. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Chartered engineer with Engineeering Council UK (CEng)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • Memeber of IMechE Safety and Reliability Working Group (SRWG)
  • Member of the British Standards Institute (BSI) e-Committees
  • Registered engineer with the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (REng)
  • Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE)
  • Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM)

Research interests

  • Maintenance management
  • Operations management
  • Turnaround/shutdown/outage management
  • Maintenance life cycle cost analysis
  • Spare parts movement and optimisation
  • Total productive maintenance (TPM)
  • Reliability centred maintenance (RCM)
  • Condition based maintenance (CBM)
  • Multiple criteria decision analysis (MCDA)
  • Faults detection and diagnosis
  • Failure and accident investigation
  • Industrial machinery condition monitoring data fusion

My group


Prizes and awards

European Federation of National Maintenance Societies (EFNMS)

Excellence award for best master's thesis  in maintenance engineering from the United Kingdom (2010)




Teaching/ and unit co-ordinator for various MSc and UG (approximately 400 students) units within MACE

  • Lecturer and unit co-ordinator for asset maintenance systems (MSc REAM)
  • Lecturer and unit co-ordinator for asset management strategy and organisation (MSc REAM)
  • Lecturer and unit co-ordinator for operations management (UG mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering students). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Regional Secretary, North West, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE)

1 Feb 2021 → …

Technical Secretary, Nigerian Society of Engineers (Manchester)

4 May 2020 → …

External Examiner, MSc Crisis & Resilience Management, University of Portsmouth

4 May 2020 → …

External Examiner, Risk & Safety Leadership, University of Portsmouth

4 May 2020 → …

School Governor, High Lane Primary School

10 Sep 2019 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Thomas Ashton Institute


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