Lecturer profile– Dr Itai Vutabwarova

  Dr Itai Vutabwarova

  University Teacher

  Programme Lead

  e: i.vutabwarova@sheffield.ac.uk  

  t: 0114 215 8068


Dr. Itai Vutabwarova is Programme Lead in Mechanical Manufacture in the Department of Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield.  He specializes in teaching Fundamentals of Engineering Science (Thermodynamics/Thermofluids). His research interests are in Friction Stir Welding and Materials research; developing high value, decorative laminate material used in the jewellery industry. Itai graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 (Mechanical Engineering BEng Hons) and went on to complete a PhD in the development of Friction Stir Welding for Mokume Gane type materials in 2016 (sponsored by EPSRC and Rotary Engineering UK Ltd).


Teaching modules

AMR133 Fundamentals of Engineering Science

AMR212 Professional Responsibility and the Engineering Society

AMR217 Computing for Manufacture

AMR233 Further Engineering Science

AMR331 Mechanics of modern materials

AMR230 Thermofluidic Processes

AMR305 Advanced Engineering Science

AMR341 Industrial Project


Research Interest

  • Materials Characterisation
  • Electron microscopy
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Friction stir welding (dissimilar metals)
  • Mechanical Engineering

Professional Activities

  • Technical Director of Mikana Innovations Ltd (Industrial  collaboration between SHU and Rotary Engineering UK Ltd
  • Exhibited friction stir welded Mokume Gane ‘in Made in Sheffield 2016’ at Millenium galleries, Sheffield

Selected Journal Publication

1. JONES, Alan Hywel, O'DUBHGHAILL, Coilin and VUTABWAROVA, Itai (2012). The use of friction stir welding for the production of Mokume Gane-Type materials. In: Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology 2012: proceedings of the twenty-sixth Santa Fe Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque, N.M., Met-Chem Research.

2. VUTABWAROVA, Itai, JONES, Alan Hywel, CATER, S and O'DUBHGHAILL, Coilin (2012). Copper/brass laminates bonded by friction stir welding as method to study material flow. In: 9th International Friction Stir Welding Conference 2012, Huntsville, USA, 15-17 May 2012


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