Joseph Kanja 


I graduated with an MEng honours in Chemical Engineering from The University of Sheffield. I had come across the word ‘Tribology’ vaguely during my undergraduate studies. I had never paid much attention to it before because I was primarily focused on Chemical Engineering. I used to walk past the Tribology postgraduate workroom in the Engineering department quite frequently and the more I saw the word ‘Tribology’ written on the door the more inquisitive I got on the vastness and importance of Tribology in industry and in day-to-day life.

During my final undergraduate year, I attended a guest lecturer talk and presentation on Tribology and I was very intrigued and fascinated by the scope and significance of Tribology both in industry and day-to-day life, something which is largely overlooked at in both sectors. I knew then that I wanted to join the iT-CDT and pursue a postgraduate research degree in Tribology after I finished my undergraduate studies. In doing so, I get the chance to combine my Chemical Engineering background with a research degree in Mechanical Engineering (Tribology) and this will ultimately enhance my prospects of becoming a researcher especially in the fuel and oil industry.

The CDT course structure is one other thing that made me apply. The different cohorts from both Sheffield and Leeds universities work together in group projects. We also get to work under and be supervised by some of the world-leading experts and scholars in Tribology from both universities to solve industrial and day-to-day tribological challenges. In this way, we get exposure to both academia and industry in a much extensive tribological context.