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Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Computing, Engineering and Media, De Montfort University

Professor David Mba was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Computing, Engineering and Media in August 2017. He had previously held various leadership roles, including Dean of Engineering, London Southbank University, and Associate Dean, Faculty of Aerospace and Engineering, Cranfield University.

David studied Aerospace Engineering (1st class honours) at the University of Hertfordshire and completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University, for which he was awarded the Lord King Norton Gold medal for the most outstanding doctoral thesis. He joined Cranfield University in 2001 as a Lecturer and was promoted to a personal Chair in 2010.

Professor Mba is a leading authority in machine condition monitoring and has contributed to the development and publication of international standards in the subject area. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

David’s research has been funded via numerous commercial, EU and EPSRC grants; he has published over 250 journal and conference papers and in 2010, he was awarded the Ludwig Mond prize in recognition of the best contribution to the progress of Mechanical engineering of interest to the chemical industry (UK).

David’s current research is focused on machine fault diagnosis, model based prognostics and machine performance prediction.

On a personal note David enjoys running and playing football.


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