Research Assistant in Circular Technology
Okechukwu Okorie holds a BEng(Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria and an MSc in Engineering Management from the University of South Wales, (formerly the University of Glamorgan), United Kingdom. He is completing a PhD at the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre, Cranfield University which he began in 2015. Previous work experience include Condition Monitoring Analyst and Asset Care Maintenance Engineer at Diageo Nigeria (Guinness Nigeria Plc). Here he led projects including integrating maintenance planning with condition monitoring analysis and logistics, adoption of SAP from Maximo for maintenance planning as well as design of new warehousing facilities. He has also worked as a Supply Chain Development Analyst for Damco, United Kingdom. Okechukwu Okorie is currently a Research Assistant in Circular Technology at Cranfield University.
His PhD research is focused on integrating digitisation with the circular economy where he focused on the circular strategy of remanufacturing of sensor-embedded products. This work utilised a mixed-method approach, employing system dynamics modelling tool as well as qualitative research methods. In this PhD research, he has published three journal articles and one conference paper and one book chapter. As part of his PhD, he has won two conference-based awards. He regularly presents his work at conferences and industry-based webinars.
A Research Assistant in Circular Technology, he is currently the Lead Researcher in the 3 year EPSRC sponsored projected Circular 4.0: Data Driven Intelligence for a Circular Economy (EP/R032041/1). He had previously contributed to the EPSRC Circular 4.0 feasibility studies. Circular 4.0 is an EPSRC-sponsored investigation into how data, acquired through the latest advances in digital technologies can shape decisions about the design, manufacture and utilisation of consumer products to accelerate the implementation of more circular approaches in manufacturing.
Research interests include the Circular Economy & Sustainability, Circular Value Chains, Digital Manufacturing, Remanufacturing, Design for Remanufacture, Modelling and Simulation of Manufacturing Systems, Data-Enabled Decision Making, End-of-Product Life Cycle Assessment, Computer-Aided Design, Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance.