Vernon E. Buchanan

University of Technology, Jamaica


Vernon E. Buchanan works as a Principal Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), Kingston, Jamaica. Dr. Buchanan earned his Ph.D. degree in materials research and design from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, one of the Russel group of universities in UK, and his M.S. degree in engineering mechanics from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA .Dr. Buchanan has spearheaded several initiatives relating to tribology and the characterisation of indigenous materials at UTech and the solving of tribological-related problems in the sugar industry. His primary research is focussed on the development of composite materials utilising indigenous materials and on the surface modification of existing materials, with emphasis placed on the tribological characteristics to enhance corrosion and wear resistance. To date, Dr. Buchanan’s research has been focussed on the following areas: (1) the tribological (wear and corrosion) studies of hard-faced surfaces, coated surfaces and heat treated surfaces, (2) the development of wear resistant coatings, and (3) the development of lubricants and inhibitors from local products. These efforts have assisted UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to install a chair in Tribological Studies at UTech. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Buchanan is Responsible for Quality Assurance in the Faculty of Engineering & Computing, and is Integral in developing policy that impacts students in the University. He also serves on several other committees and boards of the University. He is also affiliated to national and international organizations and associations like the Jamaica Institution of Engineers, the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has also helped to establish standards for materials application. Currently, Dr. Buchanan teaches courses in corrosion, friction and wear, and mechanics of materials.

Biography Updated on 3 June 2012

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