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Gbadebo Owolabi


  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, CEA
  • College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA)


Professor Owolabi obtained his B.S (First Class Honors) degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and his PhD from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Prior to joining Howard University, he was a Visiting Research Scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology sponsored by the Government of Canada through the Prestigious Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Fellowship. His recent research focuses on developing novel simulation-based strategies for predicting the formation and growth of small cracks in advanced materials and structures for numerous applications in large-scale industries including aerospace, ship/marine structures, pressure vessels, and other applications where fatigue is a critical issue in reliability analysis. In the last seven years, Professor Owolabi has received research grant awards of over 6.2 millions dollars as PI and Co-PI from the Department of Defense, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy to support his research activities in the area of Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics at Various Scales, High Strain Rate Testing and Material Characterization, Structural Integrity and Health Monitoring, and Additive Manufacturing. Professor Owolabi is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Advanced Mechanical Engineering.